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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,400 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:
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After nearly losing the Leopard to the ocean, Captain Jack Aubrey, RN, and his diminished crew sail into harbor in the Dutch East Indies. There Aubrey finds himself appointed to the command of the fastest and best-armed frigate in the Royal Navy, but not before some forceful arguing with Admiral Drury. Aubrey and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a dispatch vessel, but the War of 1812 breaks out while they are en route. Bloody actions precipitate them both into new and unexpected scenes where Stephen’s past activities as a secret agent return on him with a vengeance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mr. O’Brian reminds us with subtle artistry of the most important of all historical lessons: that times change, but people don’t, that the griefs and follies and victories of the men and women who were here before us are in fact the maps of our own lives.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A marvellously full-flavored, engrossing book, which towers over its current rivals in the genre like a three-decker over a ship’s longboat.”

    Times Literary Supplement

  • “There is not a writer alive whose work I value over his.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “O’Brian’s sheer brilliance as a writer constantly dazzles.”

    Irish Times

  • “Patrick O’Brian is unquestionably the Homer of the Napoleonic wars.”

    New Republic

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ron | 2/18/2014

    " Napleonic naval "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by James Webster | 2/13/2014

    " Another excellent Aubrey/Maturin adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael | 2/11/2014

    " Good. It certainly has become a serial at this point instead of stand alone books. Stephen is fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathryn | 2/9/2014

    " Not one of my favorites so far, but still a solid story. Maturin gets lots of good page time, and there's some great material showing the depth of the friendship between him and Aubrey. "

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