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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: Tim Pigott-Smith Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Aubrey–Maturin Series Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780375417368
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Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans now of many battles, return in this novel to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates. But Jack is now senior captain commanding a line-of-battleship in the Royal Navy’s blockage of Toulon, and this is a longer, harder, colder war than the dashing frigate action 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 all odds come triumphantly into their own.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrick | 2/19/2014

    " Slowest so far... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Casey | 2/14/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 2/14/2014

    " One of the more enjoyable of the Jack Aubrey Books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jrobertus | 2/8/2014

    " another jack aubrey/stephen maturin napoleonic era sea saga. the writing is excellent with well developed, multi dimensional characters, interesting historical and nautical facts and a good action yarn to boot. a terrific series of books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian | 2/3/2014

    " Short on naval action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 1/30/2014

    " Not the best of the Aubrey-Maturin series but sufficient if you like that sort of thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 1/17/2014

    " Two books in one. The first about Aubrey at the tedious blockade of Toulon is too long. The second, the actual Ionian mission is too short. "

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

    " O'Brian is awesome! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/9/2013

    " Re-read one year later, Sept 2012, because I brought it on a trip by mistake. It had no problem remaining fresh and entertaining because why? Because The Aubrey/Maturin books are freaking genius, that's why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Vanderweide | 11/20/2013

    " Another great episode in the Aubrey / Maturin series; again, rated 4 stars due to the large number of typos in the Norton hardcover edition I am reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clifford | 11/15/2013

    " For me, the weakest thus far. Just did not build enough dramatic energy and seemed to fizzle out by the end. Still, O'Brian's work is wonderful and I will go on reading the rest. Unmatched for delivering a period voice and feel with superb characterisations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 3/2/2013

    " Finally got through this with two renewals at the library! Many happy moments, but I think I need a breather. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Pedersen | 2/20/2013

    " The Aubrey/Maturin books fall under the category of "guilty pleasure". Still, they are a pleasure.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K.M. Weiland | 2/18/2013

    " Slower and more disjointed than the previous installments, but ends with one of the best battles in the series. "

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

    " I was going to give this book three stars...until the last ten pages...wow... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 11/6/2011

    " This series about the Napoleanic War at sea is not for everyone. If you are looking for excitement on every page, look elsewhere. However, if you want beautiful writing, an expansive discussion of love and friendship and the sea, with enough adventure to keep you going, this is the place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanne | 6/15/2011

    " Love the detail, and imagine that the battle are scenes are as chaotic as O'Brian describes them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ahf | 6/7/2011

    " The first disappointing O'Brian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 3/18/2011

    " Continuing with my re-read of the Aubrey-Maturin novels, still one of the best things I have ever read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 1/18/2011

    " This was a lot like the Horatio Hornblower series, but not as good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tagg | 12/11/2010

    " Another great chapter in the great historical fiction series by Patrick O'Brian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 7/16/2010

    " The book itself is a great read. The audiobook is better read by Patrick Tull, the original reader when the series was produced by Recorded Books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 5/13/2010

    " Another great episode in the Aubrey / Maturin series; again, rated 4 stars due to the large number of typos in the Norton hardcover edition I am reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aneel | 2/9/2010

    " A solid book, but not as much fun as the previous few. "

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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

Tim Pigott-Smith is an award-winning English actor of film, television, and stage and an audiobook narrator. He has narrated several notable television documentaries, including Crimes That Shook the World. He has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards, for The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene and The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyesvky. He was a three-time finalist for the 2006 Audie Award for Best Original Work for the three-part Eyewitness series by Joanna Burke. His film career includes roles in major motion pictures, including V for Vendetta, Quantum of Solace, The Remains of the Day, Gangs of New York, and more. His numerous television credits include Downton Abbey, The Jewel in the Crown, and North and South. He is also a noted radio actor, appearing in many productions on BBC Radio 4, and a regular stage actor in Shakespearean and Greek roles.