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A very interesting story. The title a play on words of the larger than life focus of the story, Sir Francis Drake. I know bits about the stories of Drake and John Smith (the latter admittedly mainly due to the Disney film) as well as Elizabethan England and the historic figures of the time and this audiobook drags you into the middle of the history of colonialization. The quality of the audiobook is brilliant and it is very well read (though I suppose you wouldn't expect anything else from a Shakespearean actor). I didn't know who was reading, to begin with, and I did think it sounded like a mix between the recitation of a Shakespeare play and a work of Homer, which I didn't mind, but for some, the language and phrasing may be a slight turnoff. The story is told through diary excerpts, with a constant awareness of the end result (i.e. how Drake dies). I found both Drake and Smith's tales interesting although I have to say I did enjoy John Smith's stories more(probably because of my pre-mentioned fondness for Disney). I did go into this without reading or listening to the first instalment, so I would say I was at a bit of a disadvantage, to begin with, however by the end it didn't really matter - there was perhaps a slight lack of introduction but the tales told are standalone so it's easy to catch up. I'm interested to compare it to The Leaves of Fate.
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When Powhatan forcibly adopted Captain John Smith into his tribe, he declared that after three wounds the river would speak to him. While fishing in the Chesapeake toward the end of a long expedition, Smith is stabbed by a stingray and falls deathly ill.
Because he is set to assume the presidency of Jamestown on their return, the fate of the colony may depend upon his recovery. The old alchemist and mariner, Jonas Profit, doctors this second wound, and to ease Smith’s suffering starts to tell of the daring circumnavigation of the world by Francis Drake.
So begins the second volume of George Robert Minkoff’s visionary epic, In the Land of Whispers, revealing the desperate events in the lives of both Drake and Smith that will lead finally to a permanent settlement for the Elizabethans in the New World.
George Robert Minkoff’s classic, “The Dragons of the Storm” is brought to life by the narration of Nigel Gore. Now available as an audiobook for the first time, Gore portrays a riveting novel to listeners ready to embark on an adventure. John Smith is followed from the initiation of the volume into a year of unforeseen trials and their consequences. While the London Company’s aristocrats broker the colony’s fate with their wealth and power, Jamestown colonists struggle an ocean away merely to survive in an unforgiving land.
The one man who might save the colony from itself, John Smith, will have to confront not only his enemies, and the legacies of his spiritual fathers, but also the mysteries of his destiny. In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, The Dragons of the Storm has been issued as an audiobook, narrated by Shakespearean actor Nigel Gore.
Publication date: 19/06/2019
Publisher: Minkoff Audio in Association with Alison Larkin Presents
|Publication date:||19th June 2019|
|Author:||George Robert Minkoff|
|Publisher:||Minkoff Audio in Association with Alison Larkin Presents|
|Genres:||Historical Fiction, Indie Books We Love,|