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To Rule the Waves Audiobook

To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Changed the Modern World

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Publisher's Summary

To Rule the Waves tells the extraordinary story of how the British Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to a level of power unprecedented in history. From the navy's beginnings under Henry VIII to the age of computer warfare and special ops, historian Arthur Herman tells the spellbinding tale of great battles at sea, heroic sailors, violent conflict, and personal tragedy - of the way one mighty institution forged a nation, an empire, and a new world.

This P.S. edition features extra insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

©2004 Arthur Herman (P)2016 Recorded Books

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    ashley 04/05/2017
    ashley 04/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Billiant"

    This book was very informative, interesting and well narrated. Made me want to keep listening at every twist and turn. A must read for historians of all types and layman alike

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. D. Jones UK 26/07/2017
    A. D. Jones UK 26/07/2017 Member Since 2015

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    "Great book. Good detail. A must listen!"

    Loved it. Listened to Thriceab. Fascinating and made me visit Portsmouth docks and the Victory

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    "I thought i'd like this and boy did i ever."

    as a British patriot who loves hearing about our history, i thought i'd like this. i loved it. i loved the focus on people and places and the well woven historical threds between them. sadly the naration was a bit ropy in places but i got the impression the narrator enjoyed himself and his pride in our heritage seemed obvious. If you've ever seen the documentary series "Empire of the seas" with Dan Snow you'll recognise many of the themes and stories but as that's among my favourite series i think that's no bad thing.

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    Y. Syed 18/05/2017
    Y. Syed 18/05/2017

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    "Great piece of history; told very well"

    A very useful and educational piece of history that many more Brits would do well learn.

    Only two problems:
    1. Brushes over British involvement in the Slave Trade with a simple "everyone else was in on it".
    2. It appears to have been recorded off a tape that was chewed up for a half-hour segment of the Armada!

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    Miriam Maughan 19/03/2017
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    "Fabulous book telling a fascinating story"

    Tracing the development of the navy from Tudor privateers to the falklands war this unusual perspective on world history kept me fascinated. Wonderful detail and biographical sketches brings many extraordinary characters to life. I loved it

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  • Mrs.
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    16/02/17
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    "Superb and easy to listen to."

    Manages to bridge the gap between heavy intense history and a superb adventure story. One of the best general histories of the Royal Navy I have yet read. Much easier to listen to, and obviously less detailed than Massie's books but also far broader in scope.

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  • Renn G. Neilson
    15/02/17
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    "Better Than Expected. Don't Miss it!"
    What made the experience of listening to To Rule the Waves the most enjoyable?

    Balanced, intelligent, honest;


    What other book might you compare To Rule the Waves to and why?

    There are a host of books on the Royal Navy, some that go into significantly more detail; but the author of this one selects just the right balance of detail to show how the institution developed and what it has done to help create some of the better features of the current global system.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nelson at Trafalga.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It gave me a more nuanced appreciation of the Royal Navy as an institution.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to take the author to dinner.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Clark
    Carmel, CA
    15/06/17
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    "Fabulous if you're a nautical junkie. A favorite!"
    What made the experience of listening to To Rule the Waves the most enjoyable?

    The author's absolute familiarity with a huge subject yet never tedious in the details. Riveting, but again, mainly for sailing ship/war/history junkies. Will make you want to read more about Drake, Hawkes, Bing, Nelson.


    What does John Curless bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It's like he wrote it, with an immense tapestry of interesting detail at his fingertips.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    How Britannia Ruled the Waves. And why Western Civilization owes so much to the Royal Navy.


    Any additional comments?

    Do you have more by this author?

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    26/04/17
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    "An interesting slightly biased overview narrative"

    The narrative starts with the Elizabethan "navy" of pirates and continues until the Falkland Islands War. The information is generally correct although the author is unambiguously pro-British and pro-navy. This dictates a lot of the material covered with victories covered exhaustively and defeats skated past like the Battle of the Chesapeake.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Elisabeth
    10/02/17
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    "Captivating"

    Everything is great about this book. The narrator is excellent but sometimes he trails off at the end of a sentence and you can't quite figure out what the last word is that he said.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • J. Walker
    10/08/17
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    "A good story."

    Loved the book. A great story well read. A must read for all interested in the British navy.

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  • Luke Myers
    silver spring, MD, US
    10/08/17
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    "History of Naval power from British point of veiw"

    Great narration, the book's focus on naval sea power through a British lens seems a bit bias coming from an American. I greatly enjoyed the book overall.

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  • Anonymous
    05/08/17
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    "Very Good!"

    Good comprehensive view of the Royal Navy. Good read for anyone who is interested about the constant changes in world dominance.

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  • Ian K O'Malley
    05/08/17
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    "Very informative and entertaining"

    A great overview of the Britsh Navy and well tied into the events of world history.

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  • Amazon Customer
    Tucson, AZ, US
    04/08/17
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    "Fascinating History - Poor Narration"

    Wonderful history, but the narrator ends every third or fourth sentence in an inaudible mutter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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