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Author: Lesley Adkins, Roy Adkins Narrator: John Telfer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2018 ISBN: 9780525589426
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A rip-roaring account of the dramatic four-year siege of Britain’s Mediterranean garrison by Spain and France—an overlooked key to the British loss in the American Revolution

For more than three and a half years, from 1779 to 1783, the tiny territory of Gibraltar was besieged and blockaded, on land and at sea, by the overwhelming forces of Spain and France. It became the longest siege in British history, and the obsession with saving Gibraltar was blamed for the loss of the American colonies in the War of Independence.

Located between the Mediterranean and Atlantic, on the very edge of Europe, Gibraltar was a place of varied nationalities, languages, religions, and social classes. During the siege, thousands of soldiers, civilians, and their families withstood terrifying bombardments, starvation, and disease. Very ordinary people lived through extraordinary events, from shipwrecks and naval battles to an attempted invasion of England and a daring sortie out of Gibraltar into Spain. Deadly innovations included red-hot shot, shrapnel shells, and a barrage from immense floating batteries.

This is military and social history at its best, a story of soldiers, sailors, and civilians, with royalty and rank and file, workmen and engineers, priests, prisoners of war, spies, and surgeons, all caught up in a struggle for a fortress located on little more than two square miles of awe-inspiring rock.

Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History is an epic page-turner, rich in dramatic human detaila tale of courage, endurance, intrigue, desperation, greed, and humanity. The everyday experiences of all those involved are brought vividly to life with eyewitness accounts and expert research.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “John Telfer’s masterful reading…is a model of audiobook technique. The Adkins’s account relies heavily on historical journals and first-person reports, many in the more elevated diction and formal syntax of that time. Telfer enhances rather than subdues these passages, setting them off from the more neutral modern narrative. The effect is singular, and the story he tells is itself amazing, filled with action and human drama, a tale of genuine consequence…Telfer’s expert reading captures the heat and uncertainty of unfolding events, and leaves listeners with something to think about. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “Well-researched and briskly written…Worthy of the most melodramatic Hollywood blockbuster.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “This book is a fascinating, well-crafted account of a siege that defined Britishness and shaped the strategy of the next four major wars.”

    BBC History Magazine

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Roy and Lesley Adkins are husband-and-wife historians and archaeologists and the bestselling authors of Jane Austen’s England, Nelson’s Trafalgar, Jack Tar, and The Keys of Egypt, among other books.

About the Narrator

John Telfer, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is an actor best known for playing the character of Willy Pettit in five seasons of Bergerac. He has appeared many times in various television dramas, while his parallel theatrical career has involved him in leading roles at the Bristol Old Vic, the Royal National Theatre, the Old Vic in London, and many regional theaters. He has made hundreds of radio broadcasts, and he plays the part of Alan, the vicar, in The Archers.