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Extended Audio Sample The Ionian Mission: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 8 (Unabridged), by Patrick O’Brian
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,310 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: Patrick Tull Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2004 ISBN:
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For the first time in Jack Aubrey's long, illustrious career, the sea, to which he had escaped with very little more than his dignity in tact, brings small solace to him because of his increasing despondency over debts and troubles at home.

Shoved into a temporary command in that rotten old Worcester, Aubrey is off to the Mediterranean to join the Royal Navy's blockade of the French port of Toulon, where he will be dispatched by Admiral Harte (unfortunately the same Admiral Harte he cuckolded years ago) on a secret mission that promises to embroil Aubrey in political conflict. His friend Stephen's help notwithstanding, Aubrey faces some of the choppiest waters of his career.

This is the eighth book in O'Brian's 20-volume Aubrey/Maturin series.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrick | 2/7/2014

    " Slowest so far... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Casey | 1/22/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Brownsmith | 1/8/2014

    " 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! :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 1/3/2014

    " This, the 8th installment of the Aubrey/Maturin series of naval adventures set during the Napoleonic wars, felt slightly different than many of its predecessors. The middle, say, 50% of the book was s l o w, but arguably that is as it should be since it's about holding a blockade against the French and Jack is in a long-term terrible mood (for good reason) and nothing much happened. It was a bit dampening of the spirits to read, especially after the beginning of the novel with Stephen and Diana married (!) and the typically hilarious situations with family life on shore for Jack. Then I slogged through the middle 150 pages or so of dreariness to finally emerge into the mission of the novel's title. A mission which was super funny and exciting and great; I just loved the whole crosscultural East-vs-West thing. And I COULD NOT believe how edge-of-your-seat thrillingly and intensely and yet abruptly this book ended; O'Brian is so, so skillful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K.M. Weiland | 12/27/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddy Allen | 12/4/2013

    " Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans now of many battles, return in this novel to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates. But a sudden turn of events takes them off on a hazardous mission to the Greek isles, where they are soon involved in fierce and thrilling action. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steph | 12/3/2013

    " Of all the O'Brian books I have read to this point, I thought that this one was the least interesting. There was hardly any action at all and there was too much emphasis and description on things that just didn't interest me or seem to help move the book along. The last 20 pages or so had the most action in it and does make me want to pick up the next book though... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Vanderweide | 12/1/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Bailey | 11/27/2013

    " Read previously February 2009. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mitchell | 5/17/2013

    " The ending was a little abrupt... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 9/9/2012

    " Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander Series is one of the finest I've ever read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 3/12/2012

    " One of the most delightful in this series.... stalls a little in the middle but a compelling ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jrobertus | 1/8/2012

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ahf | 12/21/2011

    " The first disappointing O'Brian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles T | 12/2/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 5/2/2011

    " 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. "

  • 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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