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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (714 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: John Franklyn-Robbin Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This is the first novel Patrick O'Brian ever wrote about the sea, a precursor to the Aubrey/Maturin series that The New York Times has hailed as the best historical novels ever written. The Golden Ocean shares the high-seas adventure and rich humor of this triumphant series, invoking the eloquent style and authentic historic atmosphere that O'Brian fans love so much. In 1740, two young Irishmen, lifelong friends Peter and Sean, join Commodore Anson and his crew on their quest for fortune and fame on the golden ocean. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John | 2/13/2014

    " O'Brian is more famous for the Aubrey/Maturin series, but this book, his first seafaring adventure novel, is my favorite. He wrote it in six weeks, "laughing the whole time." The story is based on a true historical event, but the characters, most of them regular seamen or mid-shipmen, are all his making. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Duncan | 1/25/2014

    " Before Maturin and Aubrey, there was this little volume, and it is a delight. Note the characters' names taken from James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist, and the plot of the actual chase and capture of a Spanish treasure ship only slightly fictionalized. But all the themes of his later books, sans ruminations on aging, truncated, with his wonderful rhythm and language intact. This is a fun book by a master, not much talked about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kate | 1/19/2014

    " I'm a huge fan of Patrick O'Brian and his long series of nautical books. This nuatical story is an early one, before he develped the 2 main characters that are so beloved in the later series. That said, this book falls short in comparison. It does not even seem as well written to boot. It is of some interest and relevance to me as a devoted fan but I would not recommend it to a first-timer; read the Aubrey/Maturin series first! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cole Schoolland | 1/14/2014

    " Recently been enjoying O'Brian's earlier works. This one was a treat. One gets to hear a slightly different take on life at sea from the perspective of an Irish midshipman. The book isn't quite as wrought with theme and tone as the Aubrey/Maturin series is. The pacing is also somewhat different and time lapses in jerking, shuddering leaps that take you by surprise. "

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