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The Lion at Sea

Captain Kelly Maguire Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Christopher Weeks
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
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A young recruit; a cataclysmic war; a baptism by fire.... A gritty adventure full of danger, blood and guts, perfect for fans of Alan Evans and Alexander Fullerton. 

Confident and strong willed, Kelly Maguire knew from a young age that he could accomplish great things. A constant and abiding love of the ocean would prove to be the making of him. When the call of war is heard in the early 1910s, Kelly knows that he must answer it. Enlisting in the Royal Navy, he hopes to win both the war and personal glory. But from the barbarous battles of Gallipoli to the nightmarish action at Antwerp, Kelly, along with his young shipmates, begins to learn the trials a sailor must face, trials that will forge him from a boy into a man. As the epic battle of Jutland approaches, everything is at stake. 

©2019 Max Hennessy (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • susan fletcher
  • 07-07-2020

Awful pronunciation, average story.

It’s not great... Apart from a really average plot and 2d characters, the narration is really spoiled by some truly dreadful pronunciation. Get ready for Harwich to become ‘Harr-witch’, for Rosyth to be said in a way no local has ever heard, and several other clangers. If I were aged 18 and wrote this, I’d be happy. If I were a professional writer however... Not great.

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  • Mr F I Jardine
  • 21-08-2020

Narration - slightly off.

This is really the first 'Meh' review i have ever written for anything. I have read the book on my kindle and when i joined audible it was a no-brainer to buy these to listen to whilst on flights (not so much now) and those early hours when i can't sleep. The Narration for this Trilogy is fluid and smooth. My issue is with the pronunciation of terms and even place names... key examples - Matelot /ˈmatləʊ/ a sailor. Forecastle (/ˈfoʊksəl/ FOHK-səl; abbreviated fo'c'sle or fo'c's'le). Rosyth /rəˈsaɪθ/. Christopher Weeks in all three books has missed key Naval terms. He sounds British but even towns in the UK are not correctly pronouced. I am sorry if this is negative but Pedants will find this erksom and some Scots will find it as 'Typical' of the English.