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3.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 5 3.72 (25 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

  • 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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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.