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4.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 54.07 out of 5 4.07 (29 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: 9781455187713
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When Napoleon escapes from Elba, the fate of Europe hinges on a desperate mission: Stephen Maturin must ferret out the French dictator's secret link to the powers of Islam, and Jack Aubrey must destroy it. Like a vengeful phoenix, Napoleon pursues his enemies across Europe. If he can corner the British and Prussians before their Russian and Austrian allies arrive, his genius will lead the French armies to triumph at Waterloo.

In the Balkans, preparing a thrust northwards into Central Europe to block the Russians and Austrians, a horde of Muslim mercenaries is gathering in support of Napoleon. However, they will not move without a shipment of gold ingots from Sheik Ibn Hazm, which, according to British intelligence, is on its way via camel caravan to the coast of North Africa. It is this gold that Aubrey and Maturin must intercept at all costs.

The colorful historical backdrop, engaging plot, and memorable characters make this nineteenth Aubrey-Maturin adventure a must-listen.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is O’Brian’s rendering of the internal lives of the characters—his loving and apt portrayal of their rich mix of feelings and experiences—that gives The Hundred Days distinction.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • The Hundred Days may be the best installment yet in a stalwart series. I give O’Brian’s fans joy of it and hope that other readers will be lucky enough to discover one of the best novelists since Jane Austen.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “The Aubrey-Maturin series nears the two dozen mark the way it began, with colorful historical background, smooth plotting, marvelous characters and great style…O’Brian continues to unroll a splendid Turkish rug of a saga.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Teems with amusing scenes, vivid dialog, glib phrase-making, and the tall-tale-spinner’s gift for never taking the picaresque adventures of his characters seriously.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/18/2014

    " First Recorded Reading: November 17, 1999. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian Billick | 2/15/2014

    " Not one of the best in the series. I was about two-thirds of the way through before I realized I had read it before. Still, it is one of my favorite series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S. Ben | 2/10/2014

    " More of a nautical romp than the last book, though not as light-hearted as some. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.E. Jr. | 2/9/2014

    " Another segment is folded into this one that is a bit tedious, but not so much as the others. Overall, this one is quite good, though the death of a couple of characters is dealt with in surprisingly-brief form. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ghostlibrarian | 1/12/2014

    " Aubrey and Maturin are successful once again. However, there is a human toll this time that saddened me. I'm enjoying the series and moving on to the next book, wondering what I'll read when I'm done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 1/6/2014

    " fine fine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 1/5/2014

    " see my review of The Wine Dark Sea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 12/10/2013

    " This book is like getting on a roller coaster...but without the slow windup at the beginning. Nonstop action and intrigue that is hard to put down and sends you looking for maps and history books to understand what is going on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan Parr | 12/2/2013

    " If you've managed to get to this point in the Aubrey/Maturin series of novels, you undoubtedly love the characters and all of that wonderful story that O'Brian has managed to weave together. My only regret is finishing it, as I'm almost done with the entire series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry | 7/31/2013

    " There is considerably more nautical information than I ever want to know, which totally obscured the storyline for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will G | 1/15/2013

    " One character I loved died, and one I disliked a great deal died. These statement make the book seem more exciting then it is in reality. Not my favorite Patrick O'Brian book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 10/17/2012

    " Far too ticked about a couple of events in this book to rate it 5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 7/26/2012

    " Another great installment in Jack and Stephen's naval adventures. There were two big shockers, one near the beginning and one near the end, that I won't reveal here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chaundra | 5/24/2012

    " first read Dec 2007 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lladroluv | 2/26/2012

    " Very little about Napoleon! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Squeaky | 2/25/2012

    " My favorite character is dead! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 S.K. Keogh | 2/11/2012

    " This was my second time reading this book. I love the whole series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 12/23/2011

    " I have really enjoyed this series and this book is no exception. When we think of Napoleon's return for the 100 days of the title we naturally think of his comeuppance at Waterloo. So this book is especially interesting since it addresses the much less well-known role of the English navy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Casey | 12/12/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 7/28/2011

    " This one made me a little sad, which made me happy that the series is almost over, which in turn made me sad that I was happy it was almost over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 7/11/2011

    " The Hundred Days by Patrick O'Brian (1999) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 R. August | 4/29/2011

    " Enjoyable - and glad that our good doctor expressed regret at killing the lion.
    A little unimpressive during the "I'm a doctor of natural philosophy but don't know
    about how that moon thingy changes every night." Still, it was a good installment
    of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 1/10/2011

    " Loss of Barrett Bondon was quite a shock to this reader. The man was an icon. He will be missed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian | 12/21/2010

    " Not one of the best in the series. I was about two-thirds of the way through before I realized I had read it before. Still, it is one of my favorite series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.E. | 11/29/2010

    " Another segment is folded into this one that is a bit tedious, but not so much as the others. Overall, this one is quite good, though the death of a couple of characters is dealt with in surprisingly-brief form. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 11/5/2010

    " I am despondent to think that after 19 journeys together, I will have to bid farewell to Aubrey and the Dr. after just one and a half more. How empty life will be without them after these years together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 10/7/2010

    " #19 and said goodbye to one of the peripheral characters who have been in this series forever...only 1 1/2 books left in the series. That makes me sad to think of saying goodbye to characters who have become familiar in the pleasant way of old friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 4/24/2010

    " This is book 19 of 20. I am in the home stretch and will miss these guys when I am finished with the series. These are rich historical novels, not just for men. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 11/27/2009

    " This book is like getting on a roller coaster...but without the slow windup at the beginning. Nonstop action and intrigue that is hard to put down and sends you looking for maps and history books to understand what is going on. "

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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

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.