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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-Robbins Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Golden Ocean Series Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781501974229
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack Lamner | 1/9/2014

    " This book is O'brian's first seafaring adventure novel. It is my favorite of all of them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny2 | 1/9/2014

    " I read this because Adrian loves Patrick O'Brien books, and has read them all - a significant undertaking ... I tried one once before, at his urging, and found it so full of maritime jargon that it was unreadable (by me). Adrian particularly recommended this one, so I had another go. It was readable, and I finished it, but wouldn't go back for more. Very 'boys own', I thought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 12/15/2013

    " The first Patrick O'Brian book I read. Not my favorite, but I'll try another before I pass judgement. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 11/27/2013

    " Very entertaining. Some parts seem a little disconnected, it is harder to follow than O'Brian usually is, but very good. I detect traits in the characters in this and The Unknown Shore that lead the development into the masterpieces Aubrey and Maturin are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 11/12/2013

    " This earlier book by O'Brian foreshadows the excellent relationships between characters that make the Aubrey/Maturin "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 10/24/2013

    " As charming and exciting as the Aubrey/Maturin series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 10/16/2013

    " Fantastic work. As good as Master and Commander. O' Brian is a top rate story teller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 9/28/2013

    " Delicious. I read this in the middle of the Aubrey/Maturin series and it was easy to see how O'Brian developed the series once I read this book. He really does have a superb attention to detail and his love for the ocean and those that love her is just so beautiful to behold. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Wanderer | 5/21/2013

    " Thanks Bill and Agi, this book was great. I really liked seeing the whole voyage from a midshipman's point of view, that's missing from the Aubrey books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross | 3/30/2013

    " Very good, but not quite up to the Aubrey Maturin series. Here O'Brian is getting his feet wet in the nautical genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth B. | 1/31/2013

    " I read this frequently. Great story, wonderful writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nat Bond | 12/9/2012

    " Just as good as his Aubrey/Maturin series. "

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

    " I listed to this one and really enjoyed the humor and the way it was read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Mustread | 11/26/2012

    " Not O'Brian's best but interesting as a precedent to his Aubrey/Maturin series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 4/10/2012

    " Typical O,Brian "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Koivu | 3/24/2012

    " One of O'Brian's earlier works and a forerunner of his seafaring, Aubrey/Maturin series. It does not reach the excellence of writing his later work attains, but this is well-done and quite enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liza | 2/10/2012

    " This is is a great way to get into the POB cult (and a great book to read if you've already exhausted the AUbrey-Maturin series). A wonderful, funny, touching, page-turning adventure on the high seas with 2 great main characters. I'm just sorry he didn't follow Peter and Sean for 19 more books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 12/24/2011

    " Much better than "The Unknown Shore" as a precursor to the Aubrey/Maturin novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth A | 8/10/2011

    " Great sailing yarn. "

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

    " I really liked the story. I had a hard time with all the nautical jargon not being familiar with ships, but to me some of it was just too much because of my lack of knowledge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 6/2/2010

    " As charming and exciting as the Aubrey/Maturin series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 4/5/2010

    " Delicious. I read this in the middle of the Aubrey/Maturin series and it was easy to see how O'Brian developed the series once I read this book. He really does have a superb attention to detail and his love for the ocean and those that love her is just so beautiful to behold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross | 9/27/2009

    " Very good, but not quite up to the Aubrey Maturin series. Here O'Brian is getting his feet wet in the nautical genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 7/31/2009

    " Much better than "The Unknown Shore" as a precursor to the Aubrey/Maturin novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liza | 7/20/2009

    " This is is a great way to get into the POB cult (and a great book to read if you've already exhausted the AUbrey-Maturin series). A wonderful, funny, touching, page-turning adventure on the high seas with 2 great main characters. I'm just sorry he didn't follow Peter and Sean for 19 more books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 6/15/2009

    " Fantastic work. As good as Master and Commander. O' Brian is a top rate story teller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 5/10/2009

    " This earlier book by O'Brian foreshadows the excellent relationships between characters that make the Aubrey/Maturin "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 3/8/2009

    " Thanks Bill and Agi, this book was great. I really liked seeing the whole voyage from a midshipman's point of view, that's missing from the Aubrey books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 1/19/2009

    " Not O'Brian's best but interesting as a precedent to his Aubrey/Maturin series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 11/15/2008

    " I listed to this one and really enjoyed the humor and the way it was read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth B. | 8/11/2008

    " I read this frequently. Great story, wonderful writing. "

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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

John Franklyn-Robbins (1924–2009) was an English character actor of stage and screen. A prolific Shakespearean actor, he trained at RADA and proceeded to work at the Manchester Library Theatre and the Bristol Old Vic early in his career. He played a diverse number of roles ranging from Ariel in The Tempest to Macduff in Macbeth. His prestigious stage career included stints in both the West End and Broadway. He also worked for both the BBC and ITV in their early formative years and went on to appear in such classic television series as The Avengers, The Baron, Z-Cars, Callan, I, Claudius, Doctor Who and Star Trek: The Next Generation.