I got a copy of this audio book on CD from Galaxy Press (via Library Thing) in exchange for an honest review. Thank-you! This is the second audio bookI got a copy of this audio book on CD from Galaxy Press (via Library Thing) in exchange for an honest review. Thank-you! This is the second audio book I've gotten from Galaxy Press.
L. Ron Hubbard knows how to tell a story! "Under the Black Ensign" is fast-paced and full of adventure. Tom Bristol is the quintessential pirate - dashing and daring - but he also has a compassionate side. The Caribbean of the 1600s is described vividly. (I actually learned a lot about the structure of ships and I got a better feel for the politics of the day! The description of the slave galley caused my stomach to twist!)
The audio production, including voice actors, sound effects, and music, is excellent! The scenes transition well and the back ground noises make the story even more compelling.
I recommend this for people who enjoy the "golden age of radio" type productions, adventure stories, and pirates. You won't be disappointed! ...more
I got a complementary Audio CD set of this story through Librarything.com in exchange for a review.
I grew up listening to dramatized radio (childrenI got a complementary Audio CD set of this story through Librarything.com in exchange for a review.
I grew up listening to dramatized radio (children stories) and I enjoyed listening to classic radio shows with my Mom (like "The Shadow"). I listened to this story with this in mind - that these kind of pulp fiction stories are fantastic, a bit over the top, and meant to keep an audience rapt.
The audio recording is very well done. Each character is executed very well and the music/sound effects keep the action moving forward. This book story is pure fun!
This story is short. It's about 2 hours long and I listened to it during my commute to school. There are moments in the story that made me grin. The one-liners and tough-guy hero are so exemplary of this genre. ...more
I really enjoy series like Lucky Harbor and Virgin River where there are character cross-overs. We meet a friend, sibling, or co-worker of the main chI really enjoy series like Lucky Harbor and Virgin River where there are character cross-overs. We meet a friend, sibling, or co-worker of the main characters in one novel and then they get their own story. This really works and I've gotten attached to characters because I feel like I've known them longer.
This book doesn't just introduce secondary characters. It dwells on them to the point of being tedious. This is book 8 in the series, so that's 16 characters and sub-plots to contend with. This is pretty exhausting.
Not having a chance to know the main characters makes them seem very one dimensional. We didn't have a chance to get inside Annabelle's head. Sweet, sexy librarian? Amazing! Rancher with a quirky collection of animals? Yes, please! Just reading about them meeting, kinda liking each other, and then...suddenly...OMG we're totally in love. What?
What's really disturbing is the ceremony with a reenactment human sacrifice? BEYOND WEIRD. The "native heritage" of the community? WE ARE A FEMINIST COMMUNITY. LET ME SMACK THE READER IN THE FACE A FEW TIMES JUST IN CASE YOU DIDN'T GET IT!
What annoys me to the limit is the secondary character Charlie. First of all, counselors can't ethically treat their loved ones. Her getting guidance from a close friend is a major breach of the code of conduct. (Working on my PhD right now!) And, the way to get over a date rape - a horrible, horrible crime that causes emotional trauma - is to have sex with another man? Unattached sex will solve all your problems? No. NO! NO! NO!!
And Susan, please give your characters the brains/ability to practice safe sex.
I was ready to pull my car over and punch the characters in the face for their stupidity. Please don't read this book if you value your sanity. ...more