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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:
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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 by Patrick | 2/7/2014

    " Slowest so far... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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