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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: Patrick Tull Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781436100502
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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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 Patrick | 2/1/2014

    " Slowest so far... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 1/21/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clifford | 1/20/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jagad5 | 12/24/2013

    " Patrick Tull brings the Jack Aubrey stories to life. You can almost hear the wind in the rigging and feel the spray on your face. This was not one of PO's best but it was still entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K.M. Weiland | 12/20/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jrobertus | 12/1/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 11/21/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 6/17/2013

    " 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 Kaylynn | 5/3/2013

    " O'Brian is awesome! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 4/19/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Yamaguchi | 2/24/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 2/15/2013

    " Very exciting and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tagg | 1/25/2013

    " 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 Michael | 8/25/2012

    " 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 Deanne | 8/19/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddy Allen | 12/14/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 3/19/2011

    " Read previously February 2009. "

  • 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K.M. | 1/30/2010

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

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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

Patrick Tull (1941–2006), born in the United Kingdom, was a multitalented actor of the stage, screen, and television, as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He acted in numerous American television shows from 1962 to 1996, including Crossroads, and he had roles in six Broadway plays between 1967 and 1992, including Amadeus. His film credits from 1969 to 1996 included roles as Cecil in Parting Glances and Jerry the bartender in Sleepers. He served as narrator for the television series Sea Tales. He narrated nearly forty audiobooks, and his readings of The Canterbury Tales, The Letter of Marque, Monk’s Hood, The Vicar of Wakefield, and How Green Was My Valley each earned him an AudioFile Earphones Award. His narration of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin novels was praised by novelist Stephen King as among his ten favorite audiobooks of 2006.