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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (125 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Baldwin, Ron Powers Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9781415938553
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As the Confederacy felt itself slipping beneath the Union juggernaut in late 1864, the South launched a desperate counteroffensive to force a standoff. Its secret weapon? A state-of-the-art raiding ship whose mission was to sink the U.S. merchant fleet. The raider’s name was Shenandoah, and her executive officer was Conway Whittle, a twenty-four-year-old warrior. Whittle would share command with a dark and brooding veteran of the seas, Capt. James Waddell, and together with their crew, they would spend nearly a year destroying dozens of Union ships, all while continually dodging the enemy. 

Then, in August of 1865, a British ship revealed the shocking truth to the men of Shenandoah: The war had been over for months, and they were now being hunted as pirates. What ensued was an incredible 15,000-mile journey to the one place the crew hoped to find sanctuary, only to discover that their fate would depend on how they answered a single question. Wondrously evocative, LAST FLAG DOWN is a riveting story of courage, nobility, and rare comradeship forged in the quest to achieve the impossible.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael J | 1/9/2014

    " great book! based on the log book of the first mate of the last confederate navy ship. kinda slow in parts, but definitely worth it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ben Rothman | 12/31/2013

    " Boring. Essentially a captain's log with commentary that states the obvious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Al | 12/12/2013

    " Rousing story of the Confederate raider the CSS Shenandoah and how the Union navy could not catch her. Makes you wonder how the Confederacy lost the war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent | 11/3/2013

    " An interesting part of history I knew nothing about. It does get long in parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Tupper | 2/4/2013

    " Lots of deep detail concerning a mostly unknown detail concerning the American civil war. Well paced for a book of its type and not weighted down by too much detail, nice ballance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 12/2/2012

    " From a historical fact perspective, it's very interesting. I had no prior knowledge of this ship or it's voyage. However, it drug for the last 100 pages and personally I feel the summary is more interesting than the details. A good read if you're a history nerd, otherwise you should pass. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Morris Massre | 11/9/2012

    " This was by far an absolutely dreadful read. It simply tracked a Confederate ship across the world as the Rebels never encountered a single battle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 10/13/2012

    " Story of one of the last Confederate warships that patrolled the seas trying to sink Yankee ships, only problem being that they kept doing this long after the Civil War ended (they didn't find out until after the fact). Pretty entertaining. I like the Maritime history stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hugh Deburgh | 5/27/2012

    " An epic adventure around the globe with the Confederacy's military precursor to WWII's U-Boat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ray | 5/26/2012

    " A part of history ,I was unaware of.A good idea enacted to late. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 3/23/2012

    " Listened to this one. A log-book based account of the Civil War in other parts of the world. Good for the road. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 3/12/2012

    " A good read on the Confederate Warship Shenandoah. The last ship to fly the flag of the Confederacy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clay Davis | 1/16/2012

    " A great book about a ship and it's mission. Excellant detail makes for riviting reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 4/27/2011

    " A well written history book. Plenty of action that if I had not known I would have thought it was a good piece of fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 4/16/2011

    " Listened to this one. A log-book based account of the Civil War in other parts of the world. Good for the road. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 8/23/2010

    " great book! based on the log book of the first mate of the last confederate navy ship. kinda slow in parts, but definitely worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 12/2/2009

    " Great book that was well written and easy to follow. I enjoyed it a lot. It was very interesting to read what happened to the last Confederate warship. The last 150 or so pages really pick up and it goes by quick.

    I recommend to anyone interested in history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ray | 10/17/2009

    " A part of history ,I was unaware of.A good idea enacted to late. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 9/7/2009

    " A well written history book. Plenty of action that if I had not known I would have thought it was a good piece of fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 4/26/2009

    " From a historical fact perspective, it's very interesting. I had no prior knowledge of this ship or it's voyage. However, it drug for the last 100 pages and personally I feel the summary is more interesting than the details. A good read if you're a history nerd, otherwise you should pass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 4/22/2008

    " A good read on the Confederate Warship Shenandoah. The last ship to fly the flag of the Confederacy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent | 2/20/2008

    " An interesting part of history I knew nothing about. It does get long in parts. "

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About the Author

John Baldwin, a relative of Conway Whittle, is a magazine writer, lecturer, and the author of two novels. At seventeen, Baldwin was apprenticed to the ship’s carpenter on a merchant vessel sailing the ports of Africa.

About the Narrator

Michael Kramer has narrated many audiobooks over the last twenty years; his favorite authors include Donald E. Westlake, Thomas Perry, and Robert Jordan. He has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards for his work. He lives in the DC area, where he also works in theater as an actor and director.