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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,739 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: May 2016 ISBN: 9781436100656
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After a dangerous tour of duty in the Great South Sea, Jack and Stephen finally return to their families in England. For Jack, the return is joyful, but for Stephen, it is heartbreaking. His wife, Diana, has left for parts unknown; his young daughter has all the symptoms of autism. To escape these painful circumstances, Stephen joins Jack on a bizarre decoy mission to the lagoons of the Gulf of Guinea. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nelson | 2/16/2014

    " It's been a while (The Mauritius Command, if memory serves) since we've gotten to see Aubrey in the company of other commanders and profit by noting the differences. O'Brian is up to some of his usual tricks in having the different captains stand as symbols of what Jack might have become had he not possessed his particular blend of discipline and camaraderie. Duff, a pederast who sleeps with his favorites, is perhaps the most extreme example of a captain rewarding his underlings to the degree that they become his catamites; whereas Thomas is an inflexible disciplinarian more interested in petty appearances and regulations than fighting or sailing well. Both men are inadequate as captains because of their excesses and much of the novel's drama derives from Aubrey's need to meld them into a proper fighting force in order to carry out his orders. From Maturin's point of view, the drama is nearly entirely domestic: he finally returns home to meet his daughter (seemingly an autistic 'natural' but in fact a delicate and budding girl who needs only the inarticulate supervision of Padeen to begin to blossom into language) who has been left in the care of Clarissa Oakes (from a couple novels back) while his wife runs off to Ireland. There is some minor drama to be found in Aubrey's situation as well, due to his meddling (and now bookie) mother-in-law and mutual (somewhat merited) jealousy between himself and Sophie. Nearly all of this comes right, as it so often does in O'Brian's world. The end is perhaps the most vertiginous in the series to date. O'Brian has often evidenced a quickening of the plot as the pages dwindle, but nothing compared to this. In a matter of a handful of pages, the final decisive naval engagement occurs, and Maturin is, at very long last, reunited with his wife. The scene is absolutely, utterly pitch perfect, and as good as anything O'Brian has done to this point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Bailey | 2/15/2014

    " Previously read June 1, 2009. Aubrey leads a squadron of ships against slave traders, then intercepts a French invasion fleet off Ireland. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ahf | 2/13/2014

    " I still love this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moses Operandi | 2/12/2014

    " Probably my favorite Aubreyad novel since Desolation Island--exquisite, fulfilling, satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoTownhead | 2/8/2014

    " Commodore Jack Aubrey faces the challenge of leading other captains in a 2-pronged mission, closely linked to ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin's espionage activity. At home, waters are choppy but the tide turns in due course. Interesting detail of early 19th Century social attitudes to the slave trade and slave transportation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 2/5/2014

    " Another fun entry in the Aubrey/Maturin series. Stellar narration, as always, by Patrick Tull. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharron | 1/19/2014

    " Patrick Tull is a superb narrator and this series is one of the best reads ever. I will probably begin it all over again at some point in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/15/2014

    " 1st Recorded Reading: August 2001 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Casey | 1/13/2014

    " 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 Richard | 12/16/2013

    " This volume beautifully illustrates the price the Captain and the Doctor pay at home for their many years at sea. I am despondent that i only have three volumes to go in the series... What can possibly replace it in my life? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 11/7/2013

    " Not the best of the series, but still a great read. These things are my go-to books when I'm not sure what else I should reading, which says something about their quality I suppose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 S.K. Keogh | 10/26/2013

    " This was my second time reading this. Of course I love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 5/27/2013

    " #17...Africa to Ireland. More adventures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian Billick | 10/31/2012

    " How can I rate these books other than to give them 5 stars? Choosing among them is like deciding whether I prefer chocolate or double chocolate. I love the fact that you can bird through these books and then most of the items I look up in the companion book are not found. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Squeaky | 10/9/2012

    " Jack and Stephen head off to Africa, then to Ireland. Tears of joy at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip | 9/26/2012

    " Re-reading this old favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Booksthailand | 9/8/2012

    " Just try this series even if you don't think you like this kind of thing. You'll thank me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 1/27/2012

    " This may be my favorite book in this series. A lot of loose ends get tied up, and there are a lot of surprises--some of them even pleasant. It's also pretty focused around Stephen, which pleases me greatly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew Raley | 9/19/2011

    " An installment rather than a full-blown narrative, this is, however essential connective tissue between a couple of nail-biters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanne | 5/27/2011

    " Another installment of the Aubrey/Maturin series, really enjoying watching Aubrey's career. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Booksthailand | 5/19/2011

    " Just try this series even if you don't think you like this kind of thing. You'll thank me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 4/19/2011

    " This may be my favorite book in this series. A lot of loose ends get tied up, and there are a lot of surprises--some of them even pleasant. It's also pretty focused around Stephen, which pleases me greatly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.E. | 11/29/2010

    " Back up to the pace and quality through-and-through with this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 9/27/2010

    " #17...Africa to Ireland. More adventures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Travis | 4/12/2010

    " This series, with its depth of understanding and research regarding actual sailing and naval life, is why I can't help but cringe when I think about Michael Crichton's last novel. These are brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 12/8/2009

    " This volume beautifully illustrates the price the Captain and the Doctor pay at home for their many years at sea. I am despondent that i only have three volumes to go in the series... What can possibly replace it in my life? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 9/10/2009

    " How can I rate these books other than to give them 5 stars? Choosing among them is like deciding whether I prefer chocolate or double chocolate. I love the fact that you can bird through these books and then most of the items I look up in the companion book are not found. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 9/8/2009

    " Another great book in the series. "

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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.