This second naval adventure follows the life of Thomas Paine Kydd who sails into Portsmouth a hero after a ferocious battle against the French. Soon the sea beckons and Kydd sets off aboard his beloved Artemis for another adventure.
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Yes - it is a captivating listen - full of excitement, adventure, and feeling. Christian Rodska delivers a sublime narration - brings all of the characters to life.
I liked the whole story. Difficult to pull out any part I liked better than others.
Christian Rodska skillfully brings personality via voice to each of the characters - the images appear in my mind of what the characters look like easily because of the excellent performance by Mr. Rodska.
Kydd is the main character and is of course "memorable", but the entire cast is so vividly portrayed that it's difficult to single Kydd out as the "most" memorable character.
This Kydd series is a fascinating look at life aboard English ships of war through the eyes of Thomas Kydd - the books are so well written and narrated that it's easy to feel Kydd's experiences - these are really proving to be great books and excellent listens.
"A 1790s sailors view of China"
I am a big fan of historical “age of Sail” naval genre particularly those set during the Napoleonic era. I enjoyed the first book in this series “Kydd” so I have ventured on to book two in the series. The time frame of the book is 1793.
Thomas Kydd and his friend Nicolas Renzi is now Able Seaman aboard the frigate HMS Artemis. After a battle against the French frigate Citoyenne which includes hard to had combat the Artemis barely wins the battle. Our heroes are promoted to Petty Officers. Kydd sister arrived in port to tell him their father is gravely ill. Kydd obtain permission for leave to visit his father before the Artemis sails for India and China.
Stockwin paints a full vivid picture of naval life with lots of attention to detail. It is obvious there is lots of knowledge and research behind this book, as well as knowledge about Royal Navy life of that era. Stockwin is a good writer and drives the story forward at a good clip. The characters are original and interesting. The book is entertaining and educational. I can recommend this book to anyone interested in nautical historical fiction. Christian Rodska narrated the book.
"A Fine Sea Tale"
This is a fine sea tale and a good read, but not up to snuff on sailing or details of ship work. The story is excellent however, and if sea stories are your bag, read it.
Awesome twists and turns but always believable and true to form of the characters and their personalities.
"Around the World - Triumph to Tragedy"
This book took them around the world with a purpose. Kydd's time on the Artemas is both interesting and challenging. Their time in the South Pacific is an interesting scenario.
Rodska does such a good job with all of the characters, it is very difficult to choose one. He does such an excellent job at making the characters different and realistic. Where the story may lack and lull from time to time, Rodska makes a difference.
"Great Intro to a new Sea Hero"
Yes. Well written. Precise, accurate sea terminology, clearly by someone who understands tall ships and their vocabulary
Accurate historical premises. Great development of characters and plots
Voices, as well as accents, are excellent, consistent and accurate.
Unfortunately the first book in the Series "Kydd" is not available yet on Audible but don't that put you off. Some might not enjoy the somewhat dense nautical/naval terminology and the amount of characters to get to grips with in the early chapters there's also plenty of action to move the excellent story along. The naration is excellent (he even sings out some of the sea shanties in the third book) and this turned out to be the perfect listen to get my sailing fix having enjoyed Sean Thomas Russell's Hayden books immensely.
For information (it's not specified on Audible) Here's the order of the books in the series as taken from Wikipedia.
The Admiral's Daughter (2007)
Treachery (2008) (US title "The Privateer's Revenge")
"A Sparkiling Tale"
Continuing the adventures of Kydd and Renzi Artemis propels the unlikely duo on further adventures in love and war. The chemistry between the two develops further and more of their characters emerge as they adapt to rapidly changing circumstances. Christian Rodska is in his usual fine fettle and Stockwin's undoubted expertise about the period shines throughout.
Having read the other reviews I think I need say no more except that the first of the series "Kydd" is now available and it's worth reading these in order if you can.
"missing word beginnings "
between read sentences, the first portion of the next sentence words cannot be heard. most of the time you can make up the missing part but it is quite annoying.
it is a great book from a series that has depth and colour enjoyed this so much
"Why did it finish where it did?"
Like all good stories you want it to go on for ever. A story with everything, love, sex, relationships, terror, hero's, it goes on and on. Christian Rodska in cracking form bringing the story to even more life managing to bring every character to life I felt I was there aboard ship. The conclusion to the tale left one regretting that one had failed to get the next episode so to read on. A very enjoyable read, the whole series so far consistanty very good. Gripping reading. Thanks Colin X.
"A spanking good yarn"
Ranks near the top.
Characters are well drawn so no favourite.
Christian Rodskaer is a consummate actor. He's a veteran of radio drama - I have heard him many times - and can suit his voice to most characters - their ages, genders and accents.
Hurricanes - cape horn - storms - bravery and courage beyond measure
I loved this book from start to finish.
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