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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,441 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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Napoleon has been defeated at Waterloo, but the ensuing peace becomes ugly for Captain Jack Aubrey, with violent celebrations of the English sailors in Gibraltar and the desertion of nearly half his crew. To cap it all off, the Surprise is nearly sunk one night in a shattering collision on the first leg of her journey to South America, where Jack and his friend Stephen Maturin are to help Chile assert her independence from Spain.

The delay for repairs reaps a harvest of strange consequences, and the South American expedition is a desperate affair, starting with near disaster in the ice-choked seas far south of the Horn. In the end, Jack, again the daring frigate commander of old, stakes all on a desperate solo night raid against the might of the Spanish viceroy in Peru. Jack’s bold initiative to strike at the vastly superior Spanish fleet precipitates a spectacular naval action that will determine both Chile’s fate and his own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The book contains the usual splendid blend of nautical detail and political intrigue, savage battles and naturalists’ musing, all ratified by O’Brian’s seemingly effortless ability to deploy the vocabulary and idioms of the time.”

    New Yorker

  • “O’Brian is not that hard a taste to acquire, but he is very tough to shake…[The Aubrey–Maturin series] is a great work.”

    Boston Globe

  • “[O’Brian is] better than anybody at historical fiction…As able and graceful with the English language as a writer can be.”

    Denver Post

  • “This is a work of genius, and in the face of its inevitable end, I can only think with pleasure at the now twenty volumes on my shelf.”

    BookPage

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mackay | 2/10/2014

    " No... if you love him, skip it and see the book he meant to write, not the one old age allowed him to write. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by LDuchess | 2/9/2014

    " Read it out of sequence....should do it again later "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jrobertus | 2/7/2014

    " the last of the aubrey-maturin series. the napoleonic wars are over and jack takes his ship on 'hydrologic' cum espionage mission to chile. good characters and dialogue as usual and jack makes flag rank so good for him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jerry Haigh | 1/31/2014

    " I have read the entire Aubrey/Maturn series at least six times, in order, and been captivated by many facets. Of course the sheer adventure is enthralling, but the way in which O'Brian has developed his characters as the books go along is magical. One reviewer called O'Brian " The Jane Austen of the 20th century." Right on! Only in the last two books as O'Brian aged and was no doubt under pressure from publishers, did the standards slip. This is one of the weakest. "

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