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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: Patrick Tull Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN: 9781440781889
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With his swashbuckling adventures, best-selling novelist Patrick O'Brian transports you to the high seas of old where privateers lurk in the mist, and great ships fight to control the waterways. Blue at the Mizzen hoists the excitement to new heights as British frigate commander Jack Aubrey stakes everything on a desperate raid against the mighty Spanish fleet. Ever since Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo, Captain Aubrey's prospects in the new peacetime navy have looked dim. Even worse, his frigate Surprise was badly damaged in a nighttime collision. While Aubrey waits for repairs, ship's doctor Stephen Maturin brings him intriguing information about the New World. Soon Aubrey is leading a bold expedition that will determine the fate of a rising South American nation - and his own. Critically-acclaimed author Patrick O'Brian blends authentic period atmosphere, rich humor, and elegant language in each of his seafaring yarns. You can almost hear the thunder of the waves and smell the salty sea air as you listen to Patrick Tull's dramatic performance. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin Fawsitt | 2/10/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 2/5/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Booksthailand | 1/18/2014

    " 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... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dean Gibson | 1/6/2014

    " Sad it's over. Happy, indeed, for Jack to hoist his flag at last :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joey | 12/18/2013

    " 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 Melinda Ross | 12/4/2013

    " 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 Will G | 12/3/2013

    " Well, I'm sad it's over. The books slowed down towards the end, but they still satisfied. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 6/19/2013

    " 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 JoTownhead | 4/8/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bo Gordy-stith | 6/18/2012

    " Sad. I'm done with the series. The earlier books were the best, but by the time the story wondered, these characters were part of my DNA. now the Admiral Aubrey has arrived, I'm lost. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S. Ben | 5/16/2012

    " A mostly-satisfying end to the series, though if it had been written with that in mind, it might have been a little more successful. Oddly, the final chapter almost reads as if it had been written as the first chapter of a different book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/1/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.E. Jr. | 3/18/2012

    " 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 Dean | 1/8/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Squeaky | 11/30/2011

    " Finally finished the series. Except for 21! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian Billick | 11/23/2011

    " 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 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

Patrick Tull (1941–2006), born in the United Kingdom, was a multitalented actor of the stage, screen, and television, as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He acted in numerous American television shows from 1962 to 1996, including Crossroads, and he had roles in six Broadway plays between 1967 and 1992, including Amadeus. His film credits from 1969 to 1996 included roles as Cecil in Parting Glances and Jerry the bartender in Sleepers. He served as narrator for the television series Sea Tales. He narrated nearly forty audiobooks, and his readings of The Canterbury Tales, The Letter of Marque, Monk’s Hood, The Vicar of Wakefield, and How Green Was My Valley each earned him an AudioFile Earphones Award. His narration of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin novels was praised by novelist Stephen King as among his ten favorite audiobooks of 2006.