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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 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. 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 David | 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 | 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 | 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. "

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 is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received dozens of Earphones Awards. She has been named by AudioFile magazine as a “Voice of the Century,” as well as the Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy in 2008 and 2009 and Best Voice in Biography & Culture in 2010. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others.

Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks. winning won more than fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.