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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (40 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Harvey Narrator: Richard Matthews, Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2000 ISBN: 9781415910986
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The adventures of the daring Thomas Cochrane, called “the sea wolf” by Napoleon, are so extraordinary that his life reads like a page-turning work of fiction. In one sense it became so, for the novelist Patrick O’Brian by his own admission used Cochrane as the basis for Jack Aubrey, hero of his much-loved series of naval novels.

Cochrane became a household name when in 1800 he took command of the tiny brig, the Speedy, and created mayhem in the Mediterranean earning himself and his crew a fortune in prize money. A wildly contradictory character, never less than heroic, and this lively new account of his life has sold over 7,000 copies in hardback.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Eppenstein | 2/22/2013

    " An enjoyable biography of the man said to have been the model for Patrick O'Brian's Capt. Jack Aubrey. In this case the reality is just as much an adventure as the fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Macinnis | 1/25/2012

    " Cochrane was the model for the fictional Jack Aubrey. I seem to keep running into him or his family as I write books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 4/12/2011

    " A swashbuckling read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtiss | 4/10/2010

    " A look at the career of one of England's great fighting captains; the possible inspiration behind the career C.S. Forester's fictional naval hero, Horatio Hornblower "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Robertson | 3/16/2009

    " Fantastic account of a not-so-well-known "hero" of the age, classic stuff, highly readable and very enjoyable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtiss | 11/26/2008

    " A look at the career of one of England's great fighting captains; the possible inspiration behind the career C.S. Forester's fictional naval hero, Horatio Hornblower "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 4/1/2008

    " Cochrane was the model for the fictional Jack Aubrey. I seem to keep running into him or his family as I write books. "

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About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.