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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,948 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Aubrey–Maturin Series Release Date:
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Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half pay without a command, until Stephen Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a commodore’s pennant. Once there he is to mount an expedition against the French-held islands of Mauritius and La Réunion. But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captains—Lord Clonfert, a pleasure-seeking dilettante, and Captain Corbett, whose severity pushes his crew to the verge of mutiny.

This fourth action-packed installment in the Aubrey-Maturin series, as with the rest, demonstrates historical fiction at its best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Patrick O’Brian presents the lost arcana of that hard-pressed, cruel, courageous world with an immediacy that makes its workings both comprehensible and fascinating. But in the end it is the serious exploration of human character that gives the books their greatest power: the fretful play of mood that can irrationally darken the edges of the brightest triumph and that can feed a trickle of merriment into the midst of terror and tragedy.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “O’Brian’s books are as atypical of conventional sea stories as Conrad’s. Like John le Carré, he has erased the boundary separating a debased genre from ‘serious’ fiction. O’Brian is a novelist, pure and simple, one of the best we have.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “A brilliant achievement.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “O’Brian’s sheer brilliance as a writer constantly dazzles, and his power over the reader is unique. No writer alive can move one as O’Brian can; no one can make you laugh so loud with hilarity, whiten your knuckles with unbearable tension, or choke with emotion. He is the master.”

    Irish Times (Dublin)

  • “O'Brian is a graceful writer, and the book is full of wonderful period details.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jill Freeland | 2/13/2014

    " most amazing series, think Jane Austen at sea. such good characters, the kind that feel like family. an all-time fav. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Deb Oestreicher | 2/8/2014

    " These novels have it all: adventure, romance, comedy, history, philosophy, and a drunken sloth... I was trying to space out my reading of these, but gave up... I am totally addicted. 17 or so more to go... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sara | 2/1/2014

    " Re-read: 7/2012 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gail | 1/29/2014

    " This one has Stephen & Jack on their first sail to India, also Jack has taken command of the Surprise. (obviously) Though it takes him a while. Enjoyed it. "

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