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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,161 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: Patrick Tull Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Aubrey–Maturin Series Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781436100564
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Third in the series of Aubrey-Maturin adventures, this book is set among the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent, and in the distant waters ploughed by the ships of the East India Company. Aubrey is on the defensive, pitting wits and seamanship against an enemy enjoying overwhelming local superiority. But somewhere in the Indian Ocean lies the prize that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams: the ships sent by Napoleon to attack the China Fleet... 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 Nicholas Hansen | 2/19/2014

    " Not as good as the third book but better than the first two. If the series holds out much this then I think I'll finish it in no time, enjoying every second. "

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

    " I wish I could give this a rating of 4.75 as of its genre it certainly deserves top rating. The action is brilliantly described and the period flavour is unmatched. The characters are all 3-dimensional and there is a great deal of humanity in the writing. A wonderful novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stan | 1/27/2014

    " Book 4 in the Aubrey/Maturin series opens with a glimpse of a domesticated Aubrey, but before long, Aubrey is placed in command of a squadron of ships whose mission is to wrest two strategic islands from the French. There is a good amount of action, as well as naval strategy and also politics behind the scenes. And as always, O'Brian's vividly portrayed characters and lively dialogue. Excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 1/22/2014

    " Solid. Liked it. Will read the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/19/2014

    " Re-read: 7/2012 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 1/15/2014

    " The series gets interesting again with a new sailing adventure to the Mauritius islands, more skulduggery on the part of the admiralty, unfortunately more emphasis on the love triangle b/w a headstrong widow of an army capt. from India, Capt. Aubrey and the doctor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillian | 1/10/2014

    " Even better.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 1/8/2014

    " This is the fourth book in the extensive series tracing the nautical life and career of Lucky Jack Aubrey and his friend Stephen Maurtin. This series is set in the very late-1700's and early-1800's on board various ships of the British navy in the turbulent struggle against Napoleon. The nautical terms can be daunting but reading through the descriptions you can still feel the hot action of battle or the boring routine of the doldrums. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Bailey | 12/30/2013

    " Previously read in late 2008. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 10/7/2013

    " I like Patrick O'Brian's books, but not a must read for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 9/24/2013

    " Best book in the Aubrey-Maturin series so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 8/15/2013

    " I am loving these books. This book deals with one specific set of orders. Well contained. Patrick O'Brian is a first class writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick Thornton | 6/23/2013

    " I have to think this might be the best in the series. O'Brian is at his best here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 6/22/2013

    " Patrick Tull's reading is marvelous, especially during the battle scenes or any nautical maneuvering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roy | 11/24/2012

    " Was disappointed. The plot line didn't hang together very well and it ended abruptly and oddly. I was also disappointed by the depiction of Mauritius. Its beauty and amazing micro climates are wholly absent. A bit like read a book about Hawaii and thinking it wasn't much different from Nebraska. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murdock Hendrix | 8/6/2012

    " Another fine adventure with Lucky Jack and his surgeon Maturin. Beware when you pick up this series they are addictive and they are hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Barnett | 7/23/2012

    " This is a very enjoyable book. Each story has stood on its own without the necessity of reading the series. But the fact that it is part of series is a real bonus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RachelAnne | 6/19/2012

    " Absolutely brilliant character development and plotting--as ever. O'Brian hits his stride and the pacing is fabulous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 DC | 5/18/2012

    " A great adventure - one of my favorites in the series so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 3/22/2012

    " Still loving the Aubrey/Maturin series :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 dead letter office | 9/14/2011

    " it's like hornblower for grownups. or star trek for nautical nerds. well done, considering it's the 4th installment in like a 37 part series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael McFarland | 7/9/2011

    " My least favorite volume in the Aubrey/Maturin series so far. At times a listless read, though the inclusion of early pyschology regarding Captain Clonfert sparked an interest. More like watching war exercises than real warfare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackivers | 6/21/2011

    " Another great one in the Aubrey/Maturin series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Horton | 5/8/2011

    " I'm sorry, I'm just not going to give any of this series less than five stars. There. I've said it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred | 5/4/2011

    " Here, among other things, he dips into Kipling. Does he really maintain this quality for 20 books? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brackman1066 | 4/16/2011

    " Naval action, evocative descriptions of British-held India, romance, and a sloth. All are terrific, but the sloth may be my favorite. Another five stars for Aubrey/Maturin #3. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blah | 4/6/2011

    " This is possibly my favorite book in the canon. It strikes an excellent balance between Naval Warfare and Naval Intelligence (which is not very different than striking a balance between focus on Aubrey and Focus on Maturin). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brett | 4/6/2011

    " This is possibly my favorite book in the canon. It strikes an excellent balance between Naval Warfare and Naval Intelligence (which is not very different than striking a balance between focus on Aubrey and Focus on Maturin). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carey | 4/4/2011

    " Much better than I thought - not too much fighting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 3/30/2011

    " A calmer book than either of the first two, mostly about sailing to India and what it's like there, and then at the end OMG SOME STUFF HAPPENS just to get our hearts pounding pleasantly. Oh, those French. Oh, Diana. This is the book from which the movie took Stephen's auto-bullet-removal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 3/13/2011

    " Always pleasurable.

    Previously read in late 2008. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lance | 3/2/2011

    " It doesn't get much better than this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 2/20/2011

    " Is there anything more fun then a Patrick O'Brian romp with Aubrey and Maturin? This is one of my favourites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/15/2011

    " Aubrey and the Doctor travel to India. O'Brian's desciptions are very vivid, demanding that we do not apply the 'West" to the sub continent.. Agood ripping yarn.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/14/2011

    " better than the second one, not as good as the first "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 1/6/2011

    " Great Book a little dry while he's still on land but finishes up with some great actions.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 12/20/2010

    " Book three same as one and two. "

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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.