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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (15,735 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:
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It is the dawn of the nineteenth century; Britain is at war with Napoleon's France. Jack Aubrey, a young lieutenant in Nelson's navy, is promoted to command of H.M.S. Sophie?, an old, slow brig unlikely to make his fortune. But Captain Aubrey is a brave and gifted seaman, his thirst for adventure and victory immense. With the aid of his friend Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and secret intelligence agent, Aubrey and his crew engage in one thrilling battle after another, their journey culminating in a stunning clash with a mighty Spanish frigate against whose guns and manpower the tiny Sophie is hopelessly outmatched.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Francoise | 2/13/2014

    " Wow! How in the world did Patrick O'Brian know all this? It's as if he had actually lived during this time period. Jack Aubrey's life was not an easy one, nor were those of the sailors/officers who served on the ships during the Napoleonic era. We often think that our own time period is the most difficult and complicated but anyone who reads this book can appreciate the fact that times during the early 1800's were equally difficult, but in a different way. During the vivid descriptions of the gun battles between Jack Aubrey's ships and others, we can almost smell the acrid smell of the gunpowder and be amazed there were ANY survivors with the damage that took place with the cannonballs, shot and chains, etc that were hurled between the ships. The sailors had to be very versatile as did their officers. I found myself wondering, as I read, how people of today would have fared if transported to that period. Not very well, I suspect. Those people had to be very resourceful and tough, or they wouldn't have survived. I couldn't understand how they all learned all the names of the parts of the ship, not just the sails, but the other parts of the ship, and how on earth did the cook do any cooking on those ships? When I read this book, I was completely transported outside of my own life. Great reading for anyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gary Greenwald | 2/12/2014

    " The first book of the finest series written "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Edward Truitt | 2/10/2014

    " Destined to be a classic and a great foundation for the series. I, like the Jack Aubrey character, will always have a fond place in my heart for the little 14-gun brig Sophie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Robbie | 2/3/2014

    " I've never read a book this detailed with and enamored by mizzens, half-mizzen, mastheads, and the jib. It's a cool experience, but sometimes feels like getting sucked into a yarn told by Grandpa Simpson. "

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