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Author: Robert Harvey Narrator: Richard Matthews, Simon Vance Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: December 2000 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781415910986

Publisher Description

The life and adventures of Thomas Cochrane, a young man who rose from midshipman to admiral, are so extraordinary that, to paraphrase Patrick O’Brian, one has to suspend disbelief. In fact, O’Brian admitted to using Cochrane as the model for his character Jack Aubrey. Second only to Nelson among the heroes of the Royal Navy, Cochrane became a household name in Britain during the 1800s as the Admiralty called upon his extraordinary skill as a sailor, his mastery of gunnery, and his daring use of ruses, including flying under false colors, to overcome ships many times his size. His fearlessness became a byword and his life on land became as colorful as at sea. Here truly is a legendary hero.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - David, 2/22/2013
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    " Cochrane was the model for the fictional Jack Aubrey. I seem to keep running into him or his family as I write books. "

    - Peter, 1/25/2012
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    " A swashbuckling read. "

    - Kim, 4/12/2011
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    " 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 "

    - Curtiss, 4/10/2010
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - John, 3/16/2009
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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 "

    - Curtiss, 11/26/2008
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Peter, 4/1/2008

About the Author

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and narrator. He has earned more than fifty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration thirteen times. He was named Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and has been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London. He is also an actor who has appeared on both stage and television.

About the Narrators

Kate Reading has recorded hundreds of audiobooks across many genres, over a thirty year plus career. Audie Awards: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (mystery), Breasts (non-fiction), Bellwether (fiction), and Words of Radiance (fantasy), co-narrated with her husband, Michael Kramer. Among other awards, she has been recognized with: the ALA Booklist best of 2019 for Bowlaway (fiction), AudioFile Magazine Voice of the Century, Earphones Awards, Narrator of the Year, Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Publisher’s Weekly’s Listen-Up Award. She records at her home studio, Madison Productions, Inc., in Maryland.

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and narrator. He has earned more than fifty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration thirteen times. He was named Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and has been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London. He is also an actor who has appeared on both stage and television.