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Download The Fortune of War: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 6 Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,407 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: Patrick Tull Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2003 ISBN:
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The H.M.S. Leopard pulled into the bay of Pulo Batang looking more like a shabby merchant ship that a man-of-war. The crew had endured a calamitous voyage plagued by gaol-fever, pursued by the Dutch Waakzaamheid, and struck by an iceberg. Suffice it to say, Jack Aubrey was ready for home.

The return journey aboard La Fleche proves delightful for both Aubrey and his particular friend. Stephen Maturin, with high winds and beautiful skies. It is when La Fleche nears the coast of Brazil that tragedy strikes. Accidental fire ravages the ship, forcing the crew into lifeboats. Rescued eventually by the Java, Aubrey and Maturin meet with yet another deterrent to their journey home when the Java engages the U.S.S. Constitution in battle, and loses. Aubrey, now a POW in Boston, waits for word of a prisoner exchange, while Maturin renews his friendship with the raven-haired expatriate, Diana Villiers.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sadie | 2/20/2014

    " 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. "

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

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jrobertus | 1/25/2014

    " another wonderful aubrey and maturin saga. terrific dialog and interesting vignettes of the sea. our boys are captured in the war of 1812 after being sunk by the uss constitution. they spend a winter in boston, but eventually 'escape' and take some modest revenge on an american ship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/23/2014

    " I was in the middle of slogging through Dune Messiah and needed to read something I knew I would love. So it was time to return to Patrick O'Brian, Jack Aubrey, and Stephen Maturin. The Fortune of War did not fail to be the comfort novel I was yearning for. The book follows Aubrey's vain attempts to return to England to assume command of a plum ship. Of course, in classic O'Brian style, every sort of misadventure befalls the heroes, from a fire at see, to being prisoners of war in Boston. I loved the Boston interlude, with Maturin's espionage against the French catching up with him in dramatic fashion. If O'Brian provided an ounce less detail, the situations that Aubrey and Maturin always find themselves in would seem ridiculous, but because his world is so complete and convincing, O'Brian has a surfeit of good faith from his readers, who indulge him in all of his flights of historical fancy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maeve O' Keeffe | 1/15/2014

    " 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 LDuchess | 10/19/2013

    " Stephen understands so much about life.... and Jack, so little! But Jack is the ultimate sailor, and Stephen, despite years on board with Jack, still doesn't know a halyard from a sheet! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 10/16/2013

    " Excellent, as expected! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Bailey | 6/14/2013

    " 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 Kathryn | 3/26/2013

    " 1st Recorded Reading: August 2001 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Guild | 1/21/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larissa | 12/8/2012

    " I can't believe I was rooting against the USS Constitution! Very cool that ship still exists and it's docked less than an hour away from where I live. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 11/28/2012

    " Much more focused on Maturin, than Aubrey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 11/18/2012

    " So witty and wonderful, beyond "great" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 11/13/2012

    " 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 Wendy Hollister | 6/23/2012

    " Good book on tape. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Barnett | 6/10/2012

    " These are consistently good stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mackay | 2/15/2012

    " As ever with O'Brian, he doesn't write what you expect. This was not the book I expected after Desolation Island...but it's charming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 10/15/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 3/28/2011

    " If I remember correctly, this one has less sea action and more spy intrigue with the French figuring out that the doctor isn't just a ship's surgeon and noted natural philosopher but also their nemesis in espionage. Capt. Aubrey and the doctor are captured and tossed in a French tower. "

  • 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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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.