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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (987 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Aubrey–Maturin Series Release Date:
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In response to the interest of millions of Patrick O'Brian fans, here is the final, partial installment of the Aubrey-Maturin series.

Blue at the Mizzen ended with Jack Aubrey getting the news of his elevation to flag rank: Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron, with orders to sail to South Africa. The next novel, unfinished and untitled at the time of the author’s death, would have been the chronicle of that mission, and much else besides. The three chapters left on O'Brian's desk are presented here. Though tantalizingly incomplete, these pages prove that O'Brian's humor, powers of observation, and understanding of his characters were undiminished to the end.

“Captain Aubrey, sailing his ship somewhere in the Elysian Seas, has anchored awhile to salute his creator. In the prescribed navy manner, the yards are hoisted cockbilled, the flags and pennants droop at half-mast; cannon boom out the salute, while on board, perhaps, the hands are mustered, black is the colour of the day, swords are reversed, and maybe the Dead March is played. It will not last long. There will be another tide to catch, another wind to profit by; she will not lose a minute. The man may be gone, but Surprise and her well-known crew will sail on forever in our hearts.”—Geoff Hunt, cover artist for the Aubrey-Maturin novels

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  • “For Aubrey/Maturin addicts, there could be no better gift: a new, albeit incomplete, story with freshly piquant details, wry humor and salty nautical action...this fragmentary but worthy addition to the series is truly the end of a literary era.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An interesting look into the workings of one writer’s mind.”

    Library Journal

  • “This all too brief introduction to another salty adventure will provide scholars and O’Brian aficionados with intimate insight into the author's creative process.”


  • “A lovely and welcome oddity…tantalizing, touching, and powerful…It’s all there. The wonderful language. The leisurely pace. The rich detail. There’s just no end. Readers will be left to their dreams.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “[Offers] O’Brian’s trademark humor and eagle-eyed observations...[A] small, unfinished masterpiece.”

    Bookmarks Magazine

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tim Piatt | 2/1/2014

    " It's too bad this book ended mid-sentence (due to author death). I think there were some very intriguing story lines developing. A fitting end, though, to a phenomenal series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Charles Larson | 1/12/2014

    " The most fascinating aspect of the Final Unfinished Voyage was seeing the writing process of Patrick O'Brian. The sad side was it was not completed nor was it up to his usual polished standards as he passed away before completion. So long Captain Aubrey and Dr. Mautrin, until it's time to re-read the series, farewell Spanish Ladies! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nate | 1/10/2014

    " Well, I finally finished them, I feel like crying. I love Stephen, I love Jack. Its very hard to say goodbye. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marcus | 1/5/2014

    " A shame that it couldn't be completed, but I think it's a fitting end. Our last glimpse of Aubrey and Maturin, preparing for another voyage, and then...? That the rest will have to be filled in by our imaginations is as it should be. I'd rather imagine that their voyages continue on and on. Being unfinished, "21" is rather short. The fact that it's O'Brian's typescript and manuscripts, without the benefit of his editor, is noticeable, but not distracting. There are a few elements in there that I'm sure O'Brian would have excised if he had the chance. The final 20 pages or so appear solely as facsimiles of his manuscript, and were quite difficult to decipher, but "translations" of those pages are available online at various O'Brian fansites. Since I haven't reviewed the previous 20 volumes, and probably won't for quite some time (if ever), I can only say that Patrick O'Brian's writing is rich and engrossing. His series of books detailing the adventures of Aubrey and Maturin are wonderful reading, being vivid descriptions of life at sea in the 18th century, clever and subtlely humorous, attentive to every technical detail, presenting characters with real humanity. All these qualities make this a compelling series. I found myself drawn in, and can say with sincerity that I found myself laughing aloud at times; this has never happened with any other book before. I looked forward to every development, and found the sequences of action (of which there are many in a British man-of-war) exciting, perfectly paced; it was as if you ceased reading and started seeing the action (as corny as that sounds). I honestly started slowing down as I approached the final 5 volumes because I didn't want the series to end. I highly, highly recommend reading his books. I've yet to find their equal. 5 stars for the series. "

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