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Download The Letter of the Marque: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 12 Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,507 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN:
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In the early 1800s, the British Navy stands as the only bulwark against the militant fanaticism of Napoleonic France. Jack Aubrey, a brilliant and experienced officer, has been struck off the list of post-captains for a crime he has not committed. His old friend, Stephen Maturin, usually acting as the ship's surgeon to cover his activities on behalf of British intelligence, has bought for Aubrey his old ship, the Surprise, to command as a privateer. Together they sail on a desperate mission against the French, which, if successful, may redeem Aubrey from the private hell of his disgrace.

In this 12th installment of the beloved Aubrey-Maturin series, Patrick O'Brian has created another tale of great narrative power.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 2/20/2014

    " Jack Aubrey, though dishonored in the Royal Navy, manages to find action at sea as a privateer in his old ship the Surprise. Meanwhile, Maturin struggles to deal with newfound wealth, his troubled marriage, and his addiction to laudanum. Lots of character growth for both of them, and it's sweet to watch them support each other even though their separate lives aren't going so well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiri | 2/16/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Casey | 2/13/2014

    " 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 Deanne | 1/27/2014

    " 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 Josie B. | 1/19/2014

    " 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 Morgan | 1/15/2014

    " I read this in one sitting. Don't pick it up unless you have a lot of time in front of you...there's no place to pause and catch your breath. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 1/9/2014

    " 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 benebean | 1/8/2014

    " 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 Barbara | 1/4/2014

    " 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 Kathryn | 12/31/2013

    " 1st Recorded Reading: August 2001 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Grady | 11/13/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 11/11/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George Johnston | 6/16/2013

    " Currently re-reading and still as in love withe these books as ever i was.Think i should start a shelf entitled re-reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Chivers | 12/25/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isis | 12/8/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 9/10/2012

    " 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 Scott | 6/17/2012

    " Captain Aubrey and Dr. Maturin experience a wider range of highs and lows in this book than in previous ones, but the authenticity of O'Brian's world and the bonds of friendship between the characters stays true throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 2/25/2012

    " Very satisfying resurrection of Lucky Jack Aubrey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 10/1/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 6/8/2011

    " Lots of action! And I was so glad to see Jack finally get some lucky breaks! That poor guy is so sincere and fair, but unfortunately a little too gullible when it comes to issues on land... "

  • 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 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

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.