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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,513 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: Patrick Tull Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Aubrey–Maturin Series Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781402581625
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In The Letter of Marque, Jack is once again aboard his beloved Surprise but stripped of his post captaincy for a crime he did not commit. Bought by Stephen, the Surprise has become a privateer. Sailing into French waters, the two concoct a desperate mission which, if successful, may redeem Aubrey from his state of disgrace. A nighttime battle with an unusual climax, a jewel of great value and Stephen’s fondness for opium make this segment of O’Brian’s masterful series both original and profoundly exciting.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 2/20/2014

    " I am reading the Aubrey-Maturin series of books one by one in order. Except for the first I have been reading the play-away books on flash memory from the Montgomery County Library. This is very good, because I get a consistent narrator. I love this series - and I have looked at many library books that go along with the series - books about the British navy of the time, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 2/3/2014

    " This may be my favorite Aubrey/Maturin tale to date. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tagg | 1/29/2014

    " As always, a ton of fun. The series just keeps getting better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 1/20/2014

    " A nice and short read, nothing new really. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 1/16/2014

    " Very satisfying resurrection of Lucky Jack Aubrey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isis | 12/21/2013

    " Damn, I love these books. After a few accidental rereads I am now back on track with the books I have not read yet. This one is beautifully filled with sly naval tactics, political machinations, and bantering. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Chivers | 12/1/2013

    " A much stronger outing than #11, full of sea battles and twists and turns of fortune. A fun read in this great series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/30/2013

    " By far my favorite book in the series. Serious focus on Maturin! Lovely sea adventures as always, and the return of Diana. Really, what's not to love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caleb | 11/19/2013

    " Once again a good read from O'Brian "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiri | 11/16/2013

    " Another absolutely brilliant chapter in the Aubrey/Maturin saga. I worship Patrick O'Brian for his delightful characters, his seamless sea action, his humorous plot-developments and for how much he has made me love these guys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 10/14/2013

    " One of my faves in this series -- several good battles plus Stephen gets a chance at romance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 9/22/2013

    " This book is #13 in the series...and I was (still) engaged. By itself it was a good read; as part of the series, it was another puzzle piece put in place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 4/8/2013

    " While I drive, I'm re-listening to all of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series read by Patrick Tull (and you have to get Patrick Tull who knows the naval jargon and all the characters) - for me this was the best way to experience the books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mackay | 12/18/2012

    " Back aboard Surpise. What fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 emily | 12/17/2012

    " I can't get enough of Patrick O'Brian. I'm trying to pace myself now that there are only five or six books left to go. This one starts with Jack Aubrey killing time (and raking in prizes) as a privateer. Good intrigue, action, and plot to keep you sailing through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 benebean | 10/24/2012

    " This series has become my reliable source of comfort reads. It is just as I'm typing this that I've realized that it's rather odd that I chose a series about naval warfare as comfort reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Grady | 7/18/2012

    " Well written, this installment of the series ties up a number of loose ends from previous story arcs. Looking forwards to the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 3/9/2012

    " These books keep getting better and better. So far, I've "read" them all as audio books, which means that someday I'll avail myself of the treat of reading them all in print. Historically accurate, yet character-driven, the best of both worlds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aneel | 1/14/2012

    " This one seemed like it was a little too easy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 1/7/2012

    " Another excellent seafaring adventure by O'Brian. However, this book felt more like a bridge between others in the series and less like its own tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanne | 8/23/2011

    " Felt there was more freedom for Aubrey in this book, although he seemed more dour not his usual happy self. Do enjoy reading the further adventures of the two men. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 8/21/2011

    " 1st Recorded Reading: August 2001 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregory | 4/17/2011

    " You don't get to page 4,139 of the series if you don't enjoy them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 4/14/2011

    " I think i need to take a break from these books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K.M. | 1/12/2011

    " A relieving and satisfying tying off of the tragic loose ends from the previous book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 vania | 11/15/2010

    " Credo che l'unico modo per non restare delusi da questo libro è leggerlo seguendo il giusto ordine della serie.
    Non è stato il mio caso, purtroppo. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josie | 10/30/2010

    " I listened to the audio book read by Patrick Tull. He does a fantastic job bringing the charactors alive. I am totally hooked on this series now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 9/1/2010

    " This book is #13 in the series...and I was (still) engaged. By itself it was a good read; as part of the series, it was another puzzle piece put in place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/9/2010

    " Half way through the series which makes me sort of sad.
    This is a very good one -- could be a movie all on its own. "

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

    " This one seemed like it was a little too easy. "

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About the Author
Author Patrick O’Brian

Patrick O’Brian (1914–2000) was the author of the highly acclaimed Aubrey–Maturin series of historical novels. Set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, O’Brian’s twenty-volume series centers on the enduring friendship between naval officer Jack Aubrey and physician (and spy) Stephen Maturin. The Far Side of the World, the tenth book in the series, was adapted into a 2003 film directed by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany. The film was nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture.

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.