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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: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455181780
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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 Ron | 2/18/2014

    " Napleonic naval "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 2/4/2014

    " This used to be my favourite of the series, but now that position is taken by Destination Island. It's still pretty good, but a lot of it is Aubrey and Maturin waiting for things to happen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/27/2014

    " This was another good book in the Aubrey-Maturin series. I never get tired of the quality of the author's writing, or with the tales of derring-do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brackman1066 | 1/8/2014

    " Lots of good spy stuff in this one, although Jack also gets a chance to shine. A little different from the rest of the series in that most of the action takes place on land, but really excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 1/4/2014

    " Another great installment from the Aubrey-Maturin series. Here the War of 1812 has broken out and we find Aubrey & Maturin prisoners captured by the Americans. A good chunk of the book takes place in Boston, crawling with American-allied French, where Maturin deals with enemy French spies and runs into the love of his life, but there are still a couple of very exciting naval battles. I was struck in this book by the violence and ubiquity of death, both at sea and on land. Death in these books is sometimes casual and sometimes tragic, but there is plenty of it. This book is again so, so funny and delightful and gripping. I was reading part of it waiting for a doctor's appointment and I was so engrossed that I literally started and couldn't quite remember where I was when they called my name. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Guild | 1/3/2014

    " Yes, this series is as amazing as everyone says it is. If you like boats, start at book one. If you don't, start at book two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Steely | 1/3/2014

    " Just finished this one, I've read a lot of these books, can't remember sometimes which ones's i've finished. In this one he is at war with the French and America. Has a battle with two American ships, loses one and wins one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 DC | 12/31/2013

    " I just really like all of these books. Interesting characters and complex plots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Hollister | 12/11/2013

    " Good book on tape. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Webster Bull | 11/1/2013

    " Read the first five books in the Aubrey-Maturin series and am now listening to the sixth, wonderfully narrated by Patrick Tull. Listening let's me savor O'Brien's rich language more fully. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jimmy | 8/16/2013

    " One of the best of the navy series by Patrick O'Brian. In this book, Jack and his surgeon friend are in the USA as prisoners of war. I like the diplomacy and personal parts of the book more than the straight out naval battles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maeve O' Keeffe | 1/4/2013

    " This novel focuses on the English/American war of 1812 and it provides an excellent view of the darker side of Stephen Maturin's life. The descriptions of the dangerous, fog filled city most of the book is set in are a perfect metaphor for the shady world of espionage O' Brian explores. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Floyd Mann | 6/3/2012

    " My favorite Aubrey/Maturin book so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucas | 11/20/2011

    " another one of my favorites from the Aubrey-Maturin series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffin | 10/12/2011

    " Goodness, I can't get enough of these books. Where have they been all my life? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sadie | 7/13/2011

    " This continues to be a very enjoyable series. Although, this story seemed to be more of a "bridge" as it doesn't really come to a final resolution (in my opinion). The writing continues to be great and the characters full and real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Casey | 6/4/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 6/2/2011

    " Typically fantastic. But, even given the incredibly diverse subject matter of these books, the heart and soul of the series is sailing and ship to ship battles, and most of this book is set on land and concerns espianage. (There are a couple of battles, but they are peripheral to the main story.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 3/29/2011

    " Conflicts with America escalate to open war and Dr Maturin's espionage during Desolation Island is starting to have repercussions on Aubrey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andre | 3/16/2011

    " continues to make me dream of sailing into the sunset... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 3/1/2011

    " Previously read in late 2008. Read again in September 2010. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maeve | 1/9/2011

    " This novel focuses on the English/American war of 1812 and it provides an excellent view of the darker side of Stephen Maturin's life. The descriptions of the dangerous, fog filled city most of the book is set in are a perfect metaphor for the shady world of espionage O' Brian explores. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tagg | 10/12/2010

    " Another great Aubrey Maturin novel. I love the descriptions of historic sea battles, but particularly this installment as it involved the USS Constitution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Floyd | 10/11/2010

    " My favorite Aubrey/Maturin book so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 9/28/2010

    " Much more focused on Maturin, than Aubrey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne | 3/30/2010

    " I am really enjoying this series and feel like I am catching on a bit (just a bit) to the unusual terms the author uses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 3/22/2010

    " So witty and wonderful, beyond "great" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellyreaderofbooks | 3/22/2010

    " Book 6 in the famous sea-faring series. I just love this series; such a great example of historical fiction! "

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