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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,307 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: Simon Vanc Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Aubrey–Maturin Series Release Date:
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Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans now of many battles, return to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates. But Jack is now a senior captain commanding a line-of-battle ship in the Royal Navy’s blockade of Toulon, and this is a longer, harder, colder war than the dashing frigate actions of his early days. A sudden turn of events takes him and Stephen off on a hazardous mission to the Greek Islands, where all his old skills of seamanship and his proverbial luck when fighting against odds come triumphantly into their own.

The fierce, thrilling action in this historical adventure novel will keep listeners riveted until the final page is read.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “O’Brian’s books are as atypical of conventional sea stories as Conrad’s. Like John le Carré, he has erased the boundary separating a debased genre from ‘serious’ fiction. O’Brian is a novelist, pure and simple, one of the best we have.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Dazzling…A pleasure to read.”

    Thomas Flanagan, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Patrick O’Brian is one author who can put a spark of character into the sawdust of time, and The Ionian Mission is another rattling good yarn.”

    Observer (London)

  • “O’Brian…[uses] the genre of the historical novel to say something important and interesting not only about the times, but about a set of passionate human beings. Those who dismiss the historical novel as a piece of pish-tushery should recollect that Tolstoy’s War and Peace was also a historical novel.”

    Irish Times (Dublin)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mackay | 2/16/2014

    " Not the best, but charming and fun and unexpected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maria | 2/15/2014

    " This one got off to a slow start with three aborted actions and a great deal of frustration, not least on the reader's part. It wasn't until the last 100 pages or so that Jack got the Surprise and a chance for successful action. As usual the book ends abruptly with no epilogue, so the reader must go on to the next book to find out all the results of this one. Shades of Scheherazade. Still, O'Brian writes a rousing good sea story, and it's the next best thing to being there oneself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robert Brownsmith | 2/6/2014

    " I'm happily engrossed in this series but I must state that the story flows continuously between books so they might as well have been bound together in volumes. The reader must ensure they have the next book in the series to hand as they finish the previous or they run the risk of frustration. Never more so with this volume, which finishes abruptly without resolving the preceding plot! Next book now please! :-) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Patrick | 2/1/2014

    " Slowest so far... "

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