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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: Patrick Tull Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2004 ISBN:
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This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 2/18/2014

    " This is one of the O'Brian books used as a basis for the movie...yet very unlike the movie. If you are into naval history or sailing, you'll probably like it, but don't expect an easy read. The naval terminology is a bit daunting at first, but somewhat explanatory via context. I'd suggest getting "A Sea of Words" by Dean King before you start with M&C...it's a concordance and background to the O'Brian series, which I'm fondly attached to at this point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alba | 2/16/2014

    " I'm going to try to read (in some cases reread) all the Aubrey/Maturin novels before the end of the year. This is the first, introductory one and with its exciting adventures, interesting characters and fine sense of humour it leaves you wanting for more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 2/10/2014

    " When looking for something to read in the wee hours I have found little better than Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin novels. The other night I decided it was time to start a new voyage through the series with this the first book, published forty years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deidre | 1/25/2014

    " Probably a mistake for an obsessive, series-finishing reader like me to start this one. But it is almost summer vacation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy Mulder | 1/24/2014

    " I'm sorry, Kevin.....I just couldn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Lovejoy | 1/23/2014

    " My husband put on this movie a few times before I realized it was based on one of the 36 Back to Best Books by Marilyn Green Faulkner. When I finally realized this, I actually watched the movie on May 9, 2012 and really enjoyed it. Then I read the book--the 24th MGF book. I just couldn't ever seem to get into the book but finished it. Yet, because MGF recommended it and then one of our Esperanza board members also commented on how great it was, I think I'll read it again--at some point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KBev | 1/18/2014

    " I don't know much about boats or the technical terms that are used, which made the beginning of the book very confusing. But, once you get past trying to figure it all out, it was enjoyable and told a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Murata | 1/16/2014

    " Ken and I are listening to tis book and it's so interesting. O'Brian's nautical history and knowledge of boats, rigging and sailing is amazing. the plot is great and the battle scenes vivid. We will definitely get the next book i n the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon Larson | 1/9/2014

    " Their was too much sailing jargon and not enough compelling story for me to truly enjoy this book. I gutted it out, but not one of my favorites. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharon | 1/4/2014

    " Mel had this entire collection of books, but I barely made it through the first one. I just didn't like O'Brian's writing style. I've read plenty of war sagas and sea battles elsewhere, but his descriptions were just not accessible for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renate | 12/27/2013

    " Character driven book. A good look into that time in history. Not being a nautical person, I still enjoyed the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glen Goldsmith | 12/10/2013

    " The sony ereader I'm using has a dictionary built-in. A must have if you don't know your naval terms. On an sailing ship, do you know what a yard is? A bow chaser? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted Knudson | 12/9/2013

    " It was a bit of a slow starter (I questioned my interest level in the first 25 pages, not a good sign). That said, it finished strong and having read over 20 books in the series, I would have to say I'm beyond hooked by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Clouse | 10/21/2013

    " Excellent work, but bear in mind that you will end up reading all 20 volumes. So be prepared. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Bradley | 7/23/2013

    " I enjoyed this so much that I bought four more copies from Amazon and lent all five out to my friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Casey | 6/11/2012

    " The entire series is amazing. O'Brian's writing is a delight to read and while I could quibble over 4.5 stars or 5 per each volume I'm rating it across their totality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne | 2/3/2012

    " First in a series of novels about the British navy during the late 1700s/early 1800s. It was an interesting glimpse into life at sea. The tale was fun to follow but there was so much technical information about sailing the ship that was impossible to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam Heine | 1/19/2012

    " It felt a bit weak in story, especially the ending, but I LOVED this books jargon and historicity. Almost makes me want to be a privateer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Meredith | 11/9/2011

    " This series picked me up and carried me away to another time. Every little detail, every nuance, every quirk of personality made me think I was on that ship. This series isn't for every one, but I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stu Webbb | 10/19/2011

    " This is the first of a marvelous series of 12 books of a couple of central characters in the naval aspects of Napoleon wars. It's remarkable how the author weaves is plots with a wonderful feel for that time in history. I've read the entire series 3 or 4 times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 9/21/2011

    " Cool. Started the second one. Aubrey is kind of a doofus in a lot of ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 5/24/2011

    " Great series of books. I've read them all and the relationship between Maturin and Aubrey is subtle and acute. If you like tall ships, adventure, travel, romance and everything in between read these books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 5/18/2011

    " Awesome, although I needed a dictionary of naval terminology to fully appreciate all the technical stuff. Great story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Netts | 5/14/2011

    " not bad for an adventure novel and the characters are well written but it would desperately need a sailing term glossary to make proper sense "

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

    " Up helm, stu'n'sails alo and aloft! Beat to quarters!
    A bit difficult if you don't pick up the salty jargon, but I got totally lost amongst the images in this one, not to mention getting hooked in the process. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 5/6/2011

    " I love all of the Jack Aubrey series. I must admit I tend to skim the battle scenes but the characters and dialogue are brilliant, often laugh out loud funny. I love the sense of being immersed in a historical era, and Patrick O'Brian does that superbly well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/28/2011

    " Good story, but I will admit a bit hard to read. Lots of long sentences. Having the visuals from the movie in my mind did help. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daryoung | 4/24/2011

    " I listened to this on audio and it was delightful, perfect for audio. I'll read the others when I can. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spencer | 4/14/2011

    " A good, fun story. Sometimes you feel you're right in a ship's cabin with the waves and cannon shot close by. Can't see my wife enjoying it, but then, I wouldn't enjoy the potato peel society. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barry | 4/12/2011

    " I can't do this one - I'm sure if you had a visual maritime archival vocabulary you'd love it. I'm just not a boat nerd. "

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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.