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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,442 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: Tim Pigott-Smith Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Aubrey–Maturin Series Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780375417023
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Napoleon has been defeated at Waterloo, and the ensuing peace brings with it both the desertion of nearly half of Captain Aubrey's crew and the sudden dimming of Aubrey's career prospects in a peacetime navy. When the Surprise is nearly sunk on her way to South America—where Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are to help Chile assert her independence from Spain—the delay occasioned by repairs reaps a harvest of strange consequences. The South American expedition is a desperate affair; and in the end 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 Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 2/13/2014

    " Oh Jack Aubrey, I give you joy! I've also decided not to read 21 because I think it will leave me feeling incomplete and I'm so very happy with the ending of this one. Besides, I'm perfectly capable of coming up with a suitable ending for you and Stephen on my own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/2/2014

    " This is the last of the Aubrey/Maturin series, which surely is some of the best historical fiction ever written. Each of the books is full of great detail on military and political history, geography, zoology, medicine ... and on and on. This is by no means the best book of the series, but still great. It was no chore at all to go through all 20 books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 1/30/2014

    " There is a definite drop off in the final few books - the language and style, which is what sets the books apart, just does not have the same sharpness (likely due to age: O'Brian died at 85 not long after this book was published, leaving the start of a 21st Aubrey-Maturin story). Still as a whole, the series has been ridiculously addictive, and is really a brilliant achievement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/29/2014

    " I stalled for months...but it's over. :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 1/24/2014

    " I listened all of the Aubrey/Maturin books on AudioBooks from the NY and Mesa Public Libraries. They're all pretty fun and I probably couldn't tell exactly what happened in each different book, I'd just have it on while I was working and if I had to go do something else I'd miss some of what happened but don't feel like I missed out on anything. It was sad as people with whom I because familiar died off one by one, but the end of Blue at the Mizzen was about the most perfect end to a long book series as could be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joey | 1/11/2014

    " It pains me to say it, but this was my least favorite of all twenty complete books. I had hoped for a grand finale, but that's not what I got. There are too many loose ends and knowing that the story will never be complete is a very sad thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin McDonaugh | 12/19/2013

    " Fitting end to the series. I cannot believe that this is the last one,gutted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.E. Jr. | 12/16/2013

    " First-class as an unintended end to the series, with only a few minor details left open-ended. This one makes a satisfying conclusion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 12/7/2013

    " Just finished reading the whole Aubrey/Maturin collection for the 2nd time. First time was 10 years ago. Still just as wonderful. You become so involved with the characters and plots. So hard to put down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 11/26/2013

    " The final book in the Aubrey/Maturin canon. It was sad to see it end... but, man! What a ride! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mackay | 10/16/2013

    " 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 Carrie | 10/11/2013

    " A satisfying end to the series, but not quite at the level of the ones in the middle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg Heaton | 6/18/2013

    " I can't help but feel trepidatious as I begin this book. It's the end of thousands of pages of reading and two characters I have fallen deeply, madly in love with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Booksthailand | 5/19/2013

    " That's it. All done. What an amazing achievement by Patrick O'Brian. Think I'll give it a year and then start them again... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jrobertus | 5/18/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoTownhead | 2/19/2013

    " Due recognition is in sight for Captain Jack Aubrey, supported by ship's surgeon and spy Stephen Maturin and Jack's brave, loyal crew members. There are many obstacles to be overcome, however, and the plot twists and turns before coming to a wholly satisfying resolution. Pacy and exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dean | 1/25/2013

    " A good Jack Aubrey Book,always a treat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda Ross | 12/5/2012

    " I am sad that this is the 2nd to last book (and last full book). Right at the end it seemed to get a little lost, but as usual, still a fun read (or listen)--though I don't think I will ever truly understand all the sailing stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fritz Schneider | 7/19/2011

    " I saved this last one in the series for honeymoon... Excellent if unintentional end to the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Booksthailand | 5/19/2011

    " That's it. All done. What an amazing achievement by Patrick O'Brian. Think I'll give it a year and then start them again... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 12/31/2010

    " Better than 100 days. As always, the scene transitions can be a bit tough and take some careful reading. On the other hand, they capture the hallucinatory nature of long voyages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.E. | 11/29/2010

    " First-class as an unintended end to the series, with only a few minor details left open-ended. This one makes a satisfying conclusion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 9/24/2010

    " I am sad that this is the 2nd to last book (and last full book). Right at the end it seemed to get a little lost, but as usual, still a fun read (or listen)--though I don't think I will ever truly understand all the sailing stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deidre | 9/18/2010

    " Yay! I'm done with the series and can start reading other things again.
    Boo! I'm done with the series and I still want to know what happens next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fritz | 8/14/2010

    " I saved this last one in the series for honeymoon... Excellent if unintentional end to the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 8/8/2010

    " I can't bear to move on to the last, unfinished novel. An older O'Brian writes an older Maturin and Aubrey brilliantly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 8/2/2010

    " Not my favorite Patrick O'Brian, but they're always enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 6/2/2010

    " I stalled for months...but it's over. :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 5/16/2010

    " Correction: My review (comment, really) of the twentieth book in the series, "Blue at the Mizzen," was inadvertently assigned to the wrong book... Oops. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 3/29/2010

    " This series by Patrick O'Brian is a literary masterpiece. It is astonishing to realize that it was written in the late 20th century and not in the 18th. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 3/26/2010

    " Just finished reading the whole Aubrey/Maturin collection for the 2nd time. First time was 10 years ago. Still just as wonderful. You become so involved with the characters and plots. So hard to put down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ross | 3/14/2010

    " In my opion this is the weakest of the 20 books in the series, but still pretty good. O'Brian was close to 90 years old and did not have a lot longer to live, so it is understandable. "

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About the Author
Author Patrick O’Brian

Patrick O’Brian (1914–2000) was born Richard Patrick Russ in England. During the Second World War, he and his wife were involved in British secret service activities. After the war, he changed his name to Patrick O’Brian and began his career as a novelist, biographer, and translator. He is the author of the acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin tales and the biographer of Joseph Banks and Picasso. In 1995 he was the first recipient of the Heywood Hill Prize for a lifetime’s contribution to literature. In the same year he was awarded the CBE. In 1997 he received an honorary doctorate of letters from Trinity College, Dublin. 

About the Narrator

Tim Pigott-Smith is an award-winning English actor of film, television, and stage and an audiobook narrator. He has narrated several notable television documentaries, including Crimes That Shook the World. He has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards, for The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene and The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyesvky. He was a three-time finalist for the 2006 Audie Award for Best Original Work for the three-part Eyewitness series by Joanna Burke. His film career includes roles in major motion pictures, including V for Vendetta, Quantum of Solace, The Remains of the Day, Gangs of New York, and more. His numerous television credits include Downton Abbey, The Jewel in the Crown, and North and South. He is also a noted radio actor, appearing in many productions on BBC Radio 4, and a regular stage actor in Shakespearean and Greek roles.