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Summary

"A match at bowls was being played in which Drake and other high officers of the fleet were engaged, when a small armed vessel was seen running before the wind into Plymouth Harbor, with all sails set. Her commander landed in haste, and eagerly sought the place where the English lord admiral and his captains were standing. He was master of a Scottish privateer, and he told the English officers that he had that morning seen the Spanish Armada off the Cornish coast. At this exciting information the captains began to hurry down to the water, but Drake coolly checked his comrades and insisted that the match should be played out. 'There is time to finish the game first, and beat the Spaniards afterwards,' he said."

Such was the confidence of this daring privateer. His superb navigational skill enabled him to outrun or outmaneuver his incessant pursuers. He escaped so often and so ingeniously that he became legendary and was assumed by some to have supernatural powers.

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Critic reviews

"In this old-fashioned tale of incredible escapades, a lad accompanies Sir Frances Drake on several amazing voyages. One of G.A. Henty's classic historical novels for children, this story also provides adults a glimpse of the exciting but ruthless life on the high seas and unexplored lands of the sixteenth century." ( AudioFile)

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A weighty novel, read in steady tones., but I learned some history.

As much as I prefer a narration with some personalisation and dramatic variety to it, this steady reading has introduced me ably to Henty's work, and kept me company in bits and pieces over the last few weeks. My congratulations to Fred Williams on his maintenance of tone, and the smooth sound quality as he passes from one section to another, which is also credit to Blackstone Audio.

Henty (writing between 1866 and 1906) is a truly Victorian storyteller, unlike Pansy (Isabella Alden MacDonald, writing from 1865-1929) who is of quite a different and more easily digested style. However I enjoyed the detailed descriptions, and I've certainly learnt far more about Drake, his voyages, and the world politics of his era than I ever have from any other source. However some of his descriptions and opinions are standard for the time, some are offensive to modern minds, and as with any author, the reader decides the matter. It was very refreshing, though, to read a book with no swearing, not even blasphemous that im aware of, and no sex. Whether you think the insults hurled by different characters are worse than the foul language and loose morals of today's novels says just as much about you, as about me, as about Henty.

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  • Thomas
  • 30-09-05

Destroyed by the reader

The above reviews are absolutely correct, the story is great but the reader is atrocious.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-08-05

Really Boring!!!

I was so much looking forward to a rollicing tale of adventure, which it well might be... but the story is deleivered in a truly tragic monologue. We turned it off after just a couple of minutes. How sad!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Frances
  • 12-07-05

Dreadful waste of a credit

Please don't take this review as a negative criticism of the book - the text is interesting and typical of the genre but the narration is truly dreadful! I thought we had entered the era of interesting, animated readers and I have had many good listens with Audible but Oh Dear! the reading of this book is really, really bad. The pace is such that I thought the playback speed was just wrong. Even when you get used to the slow, slow pace of reading then there is no expression in the voice. Don't waste your credit on this!

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  • Susan
  • 27-01-14

Not what I expected.

What would have made Under Drake's Flag better?

it was supposed to be theater in audiobook form and it was just some old monosyllabic fool reading a book.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The whole thing stunk

How could the performance have been better?

Do what it was advertised to do which was to be engaging and entertaining. I'd never subject my grandchildren to this boring an account of some very important history lessons.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Great disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Don't advertise it as one thing and then sell something else. What a waste of time.

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  • Kellie
  • 03-07-15

Great story

The narration is a downer at first but the story is great and I got used to the monotone of the narrator. He does use inflections but they are subtle until you become accustomed to it. Definitely worth the read so don't let the narrator throw you off this -one of Henty's best books!