Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Roger Crowley

Narrated By: John Lee

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: July 2008

Duration: 11 hours 19 minutes


Set during the height of the Ottoman Empire and with Christendom weakened and vulnerable, this is the story of the fifty-year battle for domination of the Mediterranean, centered around the titanic battles of Rhodes, Malta, and Lepanto---three of the most dramatic and decisive battles in world history.


  • Albert

    If history is your cup of tea, you will enjoy this book, as I did. There is a lot of detail here, but it is the detail that makes it interesting rather than dry. Tabulating battles, winners, and losers would be a way to shorten this long book. Doing so would rob it of its charm. Reading the detail brings one almost within touching distance of Mustafa and LaVallette. I found it engaging and I enjoyed it to the end.