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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,536 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Aubrey–Maturin Series Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9781455180806
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“We’ve beat them before and we’ll beat them again.”

In 1803, Napoleon smashes the Peace of Amiens, going to war once again. This is doubly alarming news for Captain Jack Aubrey, who is taking refuge in France from his creditors. He is interned but soon escapes from his French debtor’s prison, fleeing across the French countryside to lead a ship into battle. After managing to avert a possible mutiny, he pursues his quarry straight into the mouth of a French-held harbor. Stephen Maturin’s struggles, with himself as much as with a proud and intelligent woman, are woven into Aubrey’s, straining their friendship at times to the breaking point.

The high-seas excitement continues in this second installment of Patrick O’Brian’s highly acclaimed series.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Master and Commander raised almost dangerously high expectations…Post Captain triumphantly surpasses them...a brilliant book.”

    Mary Renault 

  • “It has been said that this series is some of the finest historical fiction of our time…Aubrey and Maturin have been described as better than Holmes and Watson, the equal of Quixote and Panza…All this is true. And the marvel is, it hardly says enough.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “They’re funny, they're exciting, they're informative. There are legions of us who gladly ship out time and time again under Captain Aubrey.”

    New Yorker

  • “One of the finest seafaring novels of the Napoleonic wars.” 

    Taranaki Herald [New Zealand]

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 2/11/2014

    " Not an "easy" read for me. Very technical in old nautical terms/expressions, but that is what makes it so good. I have yet to succumb to buying the O'brian Lexicon as that would be too much information for me but I have managed to pick up a few terms to use myself. Don't know if I will finish the lengthy series but so far am intrigued. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 2/10/2014

    " Not as interesting as the first. More character/drama centered, but without characters that can support that kind of book. Far more shore life than naval life. Interesting history, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Austin | 2/3/2014

    " Good book. Holds interest. Should anyone wish to read the series, and particularly the first, I would recommend reviewing sailing lore and history of the Napoleonic Sea battles. Lots of humor here that can go missed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/23/2014

    " This one took me a while to finish. I am getting hooked on this series, and am surprised that I am getting hooked on it because it's not my genre. Anyway, this one only gets three stars because there was too much romance in my opinion. The characters are better when they're off at sea having adventures versus in at shore pining away for their unrequited love interests. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 1/22/2014

    " Two books down in the Aubrey/Maturin series, 18 to go! I didn't like this as much as "Master and Commander" -- too much on-shore domestic drama, not enough high-seas adventure. But it has kept me interested enough to continue reading the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Hollister | 1/22/2014

    " Love Patrick O's stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanie | 1/20/2014

    " lots of great 18th century history and sociology and a really good story too! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carla | 12/4/2013

    " Captain Jack Aubrey isn't nearly as enjoyable as landlubber. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Doty | 7/31/2013

    " Fun, eye opening, and written with a sailor's voice to a sailor's audience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffin | 7/13/2013

    " Even better than the first. I am glad there are 18 more in this series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 6/15/2013

    " This series is becoming my go-to, escapist, guilty-pleasure reading that isn't even so guilty. Yay for escapist reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darkpool | 5/7/2013

    " Oh wonderful. Thought the start a little slow, but once we were back at sea I was happy. Felt rather sad to get to the end, especially as it ended somewhat abruptly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate | 2/20/2013

    " I just started book 2 but as soon as Jack and Stephen came back on the scene I just got excited. These are fantastic characters and I'm really looking forward to this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brendan | 1/25/2013

    " The prose style grated for me, but otherwise I enjoyed it. I wasn't left desparate to get the next book though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lance Caselman | 8/20/2012

    " I can't praise this book enough. Some clever person described O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series as "Jane Austen meets Horatio Hornblower." That's pretty apt, but I think there's even more to him than that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Knier | 5/3/2012

    " Charm has worn thin by the 3rd book. Liked the 1st two much better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cordelia | 10/21/2011

    " The best of the Aubrey/Maturin books so far (as I write this, I am five books in). A brilliant example of the author's sly style, I periodically found myself shaking with laughter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 9/5/2011

    " Re-read: 6/2012 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Netts | 5/14/2011

    " better than the first volume in the series but still not good enough to make me want to run out and read the rest "

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

    " Set t'gallants and man the braces, give 'er five stars! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicholas | 4/27/2011

    " A wonderful improvement from the first novel. The battle instances were clearer, and the the side plot love stories were engaging. The pacing was intelligent and unlike the first book I didn't want it to end. A great read if you like old naval stories.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 4/16/2011

    " Second time reading this one, on my way back through the Aubrey/Maturin saga slowly over the next however-long. "

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

    " Devo dire che ho preferito il primo libro, "Primo Comando", ci sono molti più combattimenti. In questo romanzo l'autore si focalizza troppo sull'aspetto economico della vita marinara e sulla natura di agente segreto di Stephen Maturin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred | 4/10/2011

    " Even better. Although I wish the author would avoid such juvenile devices as having our heroes confer with the great and powerful, or take major roles in historical events, this was otherwise an outstanding book, the action powerfully suspenseful, the wooing an excellent tribute to Jane Austen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carla | 4/9/2011

    " Captain Jack Aubrey isn't nearly as enjoyable as landlubber. "

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