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Having entered the British Navy at the age of 12, Horatio Lord Nelson achieved the rank of captain at the age of 20. As captain, he was quickly recognized as a magnetic and controversial figure. He triumphed at Cape St. Vincent and the Nile, but failed at Tenefife and Boulogne. With the glories of Copenhagen and Trafalgar yet ahead of him, his ardent passion for Emma Hamilton, the wife of a British Ambassador, cast a heavy shadow over his career.

Audacious in battle (he once ignored a superior's order to cease action at Copenhagen by putting his telescope to his blind eye and saying he could not see the signal) and winner of some of Britain's greatest victories, Nelson possessed an extraordinary amount dash and courage, thus rendering him one of history's great romantic figures.

©1990 Robert Southey (P)1996 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Katie Sullivan
  • 19-07-2015

great story!

always love Frederick Davidson narrating, and this is a wonderful, if biased, biography of one of the most interesting individuals in modern British history.

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  • msm
  • 22-05-2010

too detailed

Not enough on his personal relationships and a lot on minute detail of battles

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  • Corey
  • 12-01-2021

Very. Bad. Narration.

Seriously abrasive timing problems make this listen awkward instead of fun and interesting. The actor isn't exactly monotone, but he falls into a cadence of speaking that gets really old really fast. This narration, this is a guy reading a book into a microphone

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  • Roy Cohen
  • 03-11-2020

Good book, missing details on battles

My expatiation where different as I was hoping for more details on battles, strategies and insight on relationships between Lord Nelson and other officers.

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  • Ben
  • 11-08-2016

Great story ruined

Who hired this narrator?. He sounds like he is straight out of a Dickens novel. Great story but unlistenable.

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  • James
  • 06-08-2009

Dull and facile

The worst biography of Nelson ever.

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  • Alex Brounger
  • 04-06-2010

Struggled with This One

I am sure the contents of this audio book are very interesting but I really can't get on with the accent and tone of the narrator. I've stuck with it for about an hour now but I am continually finding myself having to rewind as I have lost concentration on it. This has not happened with any of the other audio books I have downloaded. I'm sure it is just a personal thing but I would advise you to listen to sample recording carefully and ask yourself whether you can engage with that voice for a prolonged period of time.

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  • Terri
  • 28-01-2019

awful book

I really love books on history but this was very badly written I tried I really did but had to return it

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  • R Fraser
  • 06-03-2018

Stirring naval history!

Superbly narrated and written with care and feeling, this account of Nelson's life is inspiring as it is informative. Highly recommended.

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  • Rex
  • 04-11-2015

Nelson review

The book was full of fact but not that interestingly put forward. The orator was monotone and you have to concentrate hard to maintain focus.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-01-2021

Nice book terrible narrator

It is a nice book of the life of Lord Nelson indeed but the narrator is the worst I have ever heard.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-02-2018

I am sure this could be a good book.

I bailed out after 3 hours as I had to concentrate too hard due to the outrageous accent of the narrator. Shame.

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