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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (180 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Cordingly Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this fascinating account of Thomas Cochrane’s extraordinary life, David Cordingly (Under the Black Flag and The Billy Ruffian) unearths startling new details about the real-life “Master and Commander”—from his heroic battles against the French navy to his role in the liberation of Chile, Peru, and Brazil, and the stock exchange scandal that forced him out of England and almost ended his naval career. Drawing on previously unpublished papers, his own travels, wide reading, and original research, Cordingly tells the rip-roaring story of the archetypal Romantic hero who conquered the seas and, in the process, defined his era.

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  • “Thomas Cochrane was one of the Royal Navy’s greatest frigate captains and most controversial figures during the Napoleonic Wars…Small wonder that Cochrane’s career was a major source of Patrick O’Brian’s popular series, though Cochrane might have considered Jack Aubrey a bit of a bore."

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  • “John Lee’s deep, booming voice and skill with every accent make him the ideal narrator for an audiobook swimming in a sea of nineteenth-century nautical words.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris | 9/12/2013

    " Really good book. A "must read" for fans of Patrick O'Brian. Cochrane was a complex figure born of the aristocracy that spent his life crusading for liberty while trying to make a buck. Or should I say pound? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gary | 4/16/2013

    " A true character. Sea captain, MP, Swindler (The jury's out), Revoltionary. But well written. As thrilling as Hornblower and Aubrey who are based on him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Louise | 10/6/2012

    " great supplement to my reading of the Hornblower books also supplied history of the liberation of Chile and Peru. This was the day when a sailor may serve in many navies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Eppenstein | 9/27/2012

    " A good biography of the man said to be the model for Patrick O'Brian's Capt.Jack Aubrey. A good read for Age of Sail fans. "

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