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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (13,083 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: July 2016 ISBN: 9781402581472
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The Peace of Amiens has left Captain Jack Aubrey with no ship, no enemy to pursue and no possibility of prize money to supplement his meager income. But in 1803, after Napoleon smashes the treaty, Aubrey’s decision to seek refuge from his troubles—and creditors—in France proves doubly disastrous.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The best historical novels ever written.”

    New York Times, praise for the series

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward Truitt | 2/19/2014

    " I picked up a used copy of Post Captain for ten shekels from a bargain bin in Jerusalem. It was my first Patrick O'Brian book (now have 23 and counting...) and it somehow woke up my inner sailor and history buff. Even though it spends more time ashore than most of the rest, I think I've read this one 4-5 times just for the pleasure. Kind of like turning on a BBC classic in your head - only better. "

  • 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany Petruzzi | 2/3/2014

    " Intense excitement punctuated by the tediousness of a naval ship not at war. Overall, a fun read. "

  • 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 Nicholas Adcock | 2/2/2014

    " Great book. Makes you want to talk like a sailor (not curse, talk, like a sailor) for a few days. Not as action-packed as Master and Commander but probably a better depiction of Aubrey and Maturin as characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 1/25/2014

    " 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 1/22/2014

    " Oh, how I love these books. A mix of maritime combat, romance, and human bravery and foolishness... along with plenty of humor. I've read these many times and will continue to re-read them. "

  • 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Warnie B. | 1/21/2014

    " Man, I love these books! In this one, BFFs Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin thought they knew each other initimately, but both discover there's more to the other than they previously knew. There's a lot of gentlemanly angst--over ladies, over unkind words spoken in the heat of anger, over jealousy and mistrust. But here's a spoiler: they work it all out in the end. Huzzay! There are also the requisite naval intrigues and battles, and, of course, plenty of humor. I can't wait to read book three! "

  • 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Connolly | 1/16/2014

    " This gets three instead of four stars because I found the whole "disguised as a bear" thing incredibly annoying. I know most people probably find it funny, but it just made me crazy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alec | 1/6/2014

    " The interactions between Diana Villiers and Stephen Maturin in this book are probably the single best characterization of human relationships in the history of ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 12/24/2013

    " I really enjoy the range of these characters. The music, food, geography, history, miltary and sailing lessons keep me learning and interested. This one lead to my quickly getting to the library to pick up the next in the series... "

  • 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark K.Astley | 12/4/2013

    " Starting to understand the technical language and how Captain Aubrey is struggling with a badly designed and built frigate can make life difficult on the seas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Knier | 11/14/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Steely | 10/9/2013

    " All are good reads. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb Oestreicher | 9/22/2013

    " This is just excellent. This novel has all the action you would expect from a naval adventure, but it is also a novel of manners, with comedy and real drama. Two down, 18+ to go,,, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 9/22/2013

    " I liked it alright. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray Thompson | 9/15/2013

    " This one wasnt as good as the first. Got a bit over wordy at times and certain parts just dragged too long. When there was action though, it was definitely hard to put down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mackay | 8/10/2013

    " And again, so much of this at first blush seemed to be a rehash of a Hornblower plot...yet that erudition, that voice, what he demanded of the reader--I was getting there. "

  • 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William P. | 6/21/2013

    " Right good fun as always. As with Master & Commander, I recommend this audio version with Simon Vance at the reader's mike. If you don't find a little of the jargon, slang, and idiom creeping into your thoughts and speech I will be much amazed. "

  • 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MS | 5/11/2013

    " These books are incredible. I need to sail somewhere. "

  • 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 Mathieu | 12/12/2012

    " In my opinion the best of the Aubrey/Maturin saga. Great fun from cover to cover... You find yourself cheering Aubrey, which being french myself, results in conflicting feelings to say the least :) In my top 10 historical novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Taylor-Davies | 11/11/2012

    " Even better the third (or maybe fourth) time. So many lovely little scenes. "

  • 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 Matt | 4/24/2012

    " Thoroughly enjoyable. Aubrey and Matruin are a classic literature duo. If you enjoy a good adventure, this series is a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jade | 2/22/2012

    " This book gives a lot of insight into the character Jack Aubrey. The whole series is about him of course, but this is very much his book. Sometime's he's not the greatest man. "

  • 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 Frank Napolitano | 6/14/2011

    " I eventually got to like this book. It doesn't follow the traditional narrative arc, but it was fun watching Aubrey and Maturin's friendship develop and become more complicated. "

  • 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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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.