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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (140 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adam Nicolson Narrator: Adam Nicolson Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN:
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In Seize the Fire, Adam Nicolson, author of the widely acclaimed God's Secretaries, takes the great naval battle of Trafalgar, fought between the British and Franco-Spanish fleets in October 1805, and uses it to examine our idea of heroism and the heroic. Is violence a necessary aspect of the hero? And daring? Why did the cult of the hero flower in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in a way it hadn't for two hundred years? Was the figure of Nelson, intemperate, charming, theatrical, anxious, impetuous, considerate, indifferent to death and danger, inspirational to those around him, and, above all, fixed on attack and victory, an aberration in Enlightenment England? Or was the greatest of all English military heroes simply the product of his time, the conjuror of violence that England, at some level, deeply needed?

It is a story rich with modern resonance. This was a battle fought for the control of a global commercial empire. It was won by the emerging British world power, which was widely condemned on the continent of Europe as the arrogant usurper of the freedom of the seas. Seize the Fire not only vividly describes the brutal realities of battle but enters the hearts and minds of the men who were there; it is a portrait of a moment, a close and passionately engaged depiction of a frame of mind at a turning point in world history.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Edb | 1/16/2014

    " A curious mix of very good mixed with very boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 1/11/2014

    " Splendid history, explains vividly and in fine detail what Napoleonic-era naval warfare was like, in all its bloody horror. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kely | 10/14/2013

    " Now I know why Nelson was and is still so revered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin Elizabeth | 10/5/2013

    " Good, not great. The author goes on lots of rambling tangents. A much better book on the subject is Nelson's Trafalgar by Roy Adkins. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Bird | 9/8/2013

    " Achieves the remarkable feat of saying something truly new on Trafalgar, making the familiar strange. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David R. | 5/2/2013

    " I never really connected with the book. Trafalgar is definitely in the deep background. What interested Nicolson was the detail: what was life like for a sailor? the Admiral? in the time? It worked more like a series of topical essays, but overall it lacked something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 2/22/2013

    " From hideous violence to humanitarian acts, the author spares nothing in his portrayal of the Battle of Trafalgar. This is a unique look at war and its warriors, welcome for its insight into the worst and best of mankind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monte McGuire | 11/9/2012

    " The English would throw overboard sailors and soldiers that were dead or dying, to keep the blood from the decks and below. While the French and Spanish left them where they fell. Shooting cannon at your enemy from less than 50 feet away, makes me glad I live in the 21st century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 8/17/2012

    " This is really an unfair review as I only got 1/2 way through with it before I had to return it to the library. It was facinating and I do intend to finish it in the future....just have WAY too much checked out right now and I can't keep up! What a lovely problem that is to have! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CadyCan | 6/5/2012

    " For an historical novel this was well written, like a novel which could be enjoyed "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Radgoski | 12/26/2011

    " Extremely well done account and insights into the battle of trafalgar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Lang | 3/22/2011

    " An excellent delve into the psychological, and cultural ideologies of the age leading up to Horatio Nelson's most famous victory which saved Great Britain from a French invasion during the Napoleonic wars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monte | 11/19/2010

    " The English would throw overboard sailors and soldiers that were dead or dying, to keep the blood from the decks and below. While the French and Spanish left them where they fell. Shooting cannon at your enemy from less than 50 feet away, makes me glad I live in the 21st century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 2/12/2010

    " This is really an unfair review as I only got 1/2 way through with it before I had to return it to the library. It was facinating and I do intend to finish it in the future....just have WAY too much checked out right now and I can't keep up! What a lovely problem that is to have! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Edb | 8/2/2009

    " A curious mix of very good mixed with very boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 5/8/2008

    " Splendid history, explains vividly and in fine detail what Napoleonic-era naval warfare was like, in all its bloody horror. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kely | 1/18/2008

    " Now I know why Nelson was and is still so revered. "

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About the Author

Adam Nicolson is a British author of nonfiction titles about history, landscape, literature, and the sea. Among his many awards and honors are the Somerset Maugham Award, the W. H. Heinemann Prize, the Scottish BAFTA, the Spears Book Award, the British Topography Prize, and others. He lives on a farm in Sussex with his wife and their five grown children.