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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: Tim Pigott-Smith Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Aubrey–Maturin Series Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780375417054
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The fourth of the Aubrey/Maturin series opens with Captain Jack Aubrey gloomily ashore on half-pay 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 Reunion. But the difficulties of carrying out his 0rders 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.


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 1/31/2014

    " A worthy addition to the series, I'll keep on reading the next ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mathew Cable | 1/28/2014

    " Better read than Post Captain. Still a little jumpy in the time sense, but worth the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 1/12/2014

    " A calmer book than either of the first two, mostly about sailing to India and what it's like there, and then at the end OMG SOME STUFF HAPPENS just to get our hearts pounding pleasantly. Oh, those French. Oh, Diana. This is the book from which the movie took Stephen's auto-bullet-removal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 1/8/2014

    " Napoleonic naval "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig Russell | 12/29/2013

    " My current enthusiasm: Patrick O'Brian's 20 1/2 volume masterpiece, his Aubrey/Maturin (aka "Master & Commander") series, with its realistic depiction of British Navy life during the Napoleonic Wars. Far more than just warfare, O'Brian gives us full, 4 dimensional characters you come to identify with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esther | 12/25/2013

    " I listened to this book on CD and I really enjoyed O'Brian's ability to make a game of strategy on the seas still filled with fingernail biting suspense, romance and tragedy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 12/25/2013

    " See my review of the first book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annebanana | 12/20/2013

    " This book was slow going in parts but there was a lot going on. I loved hearing more about Maturin and his secret agent activities. I liked his character to start with so, I felt like this book gave me even more. There is of course the usual great battle scene. Things start to unfold all which ways with Aubrey, Maturin, Sophia, and Diana. Leaving with a bittersweet ending. This is one I stayed up late to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed Teja | 12/9/2013

    " A story for those who love sailing and sea stories, and don't mind wading through (or love wading through) the technical jargon of a frigate's sails. I am not a huge fan of historical fiction, but I am always happy to make an exception for O'Brian's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 11/24/2013

    " So much fun, what to say. The elements that make these books so entertaining are the same though the story keeps moving. This book was particularly heartbreaking and satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Horton Deakins | 11/23/2013

    " I'm sorry, I'm just not going to give any of this series less than five stars. There. I've said it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theodore | 11/17/2013

    " Another great book in the series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 10/17/2013

    " A good book, and a good read. It didn't pull me in quite as much as the first two, but it was solid and it continued the high quality of writing and characterization. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee Scoresby | 8/16/2013

    " The best book of the best favourite historical novel series ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek Mazzeo | 4/1/2013

    " It's a little slower than the the first two Aubrey/Maturin books but it finishes with a bang. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffin | 3/30/2013

    " Only reason for the 4 stars is that it was a little slow in the middle, but overall I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 12/4/2012

    " The books in this series are actually much, much better than you might expect; once a guilty secret, but not anymore. Well plotted and with impeccable historic detail (without being intrusive), they provide excellent entertainment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gatfish | 11/16/2012

    " Excellent. As good as Master and Commander. Maybe better than Post Captain. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill Freeland | 2/6/2012

    " 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 Michael | 11/7/2011

    " O'Brian never disappoints. I read about 6 into the series some years ago and got sidetracked. Now we're going to move right through the ranks as inexorably as Vice Admiral Nelson would lose body parts in battle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murdock Hendrix | 10/9/2011

    " Quite a few surprises in and around the H.M.S. Surprise but will it be good or bad news for Jack and Stephen. I have already started book 4, The Mauritius Command. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.E. Jr. | 7/26/2011

    " This particular title is one of my favorites in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 6/20/2011

    " Capt. Aubrey gets command of the ship in which he served as a midshipman--the one he ends up loving the best. I think this is the book where O'Brian introduces love interests for the Capt. and the doctor...what a drag on the plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Horton | 5/8/2011

    " How can I give a book fromt he Aubreyad less than five stars? I should be flogged through the fleet and then keel-hauled, and then, if I survive, thrown into the orlop with no grog and no duff as we round the horn in the dead of winter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brackman1066 | 5/7/2011

    " Another excellent Aubrey / Maturin book. This one was a little darker; Stephen still struggled with the aftermath of some events in the previous book. Jack was in command of a fleet with some incompetent captains who mess things up badly. Still, this was enjoyable. On to Desolation Island! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 2/20/2011

    " These books would be so much more enjoyable if O'brian dumbed down the vocab a little. During the battle scenes I have a hard time following the action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 12/20/2010

    " Book four same as the first three books. I have read enough of the series. I think there is about twenty-one books overall. But, I don't need to read anymore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 11/23/2010

    " I am loving these books. This book deals with one specific set of orders. Well contained. Patrick O'Brian is a first class writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali | 11/4/2010

    " First book I've finished in forever! What on earth have I been doing with myself for the last month??? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janeen | 9/23/2010

    " Read...well didn't finish. As fascinated as I was about the Mauritius history of the English taking over the island from the French as I've been there and heard all about it...just couldn't get through it even though I'm a sailor and all.......snore! Just not my style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tagg | 9/9/2010

    " Another great book in the Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin 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

Tim Pigott-Smith is an award-winning English actor of film, television, and stage and an audiobook narrator. He has narrated several notable television documentaries, including Crimes That Shook the World. He has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards, for The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene and The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyesvky. He was a three-time finalist for the 2006 Audie Award for Best Original Work for the three-part Eyewitness series by Joanna Burke. His film career includes roles in major motion pictures, including V for Vendetta, Quantum of Solace, The Remains of the Day, Gangs of New York, and more. His numerous television credits include Downton Abbey, The Jewel in the Crown, and North and South. He is also a noted radio actor, appearing in many productions on BBC Radio 4, and a regular stage actor in Shakespearean and Greek roles.