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Download The Mauritius Command: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 4 Audiobook (Unabridged)

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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: Patrick Tull Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2003 ISBN:
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Lucky Jack Aubrey escapes the burdens of domesticity when he is appointed to the post of Admiral for an expedition to the coast of Madagascar where French frigates are threatening one of England's valued trade routes. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 2/13/2014

    " rip roaring. It's a go. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Murthy | 2/2/2014

    " This series keeps getting better and the character development is excellent. The first couple of chapters are nail-biters and then Aubrey ventures out to the Indian ocean, far from club med. First big storm scene in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 1/25/2014

    " O'Brian really hit his stride with this one. Witty, detailed, multi-layered characters.... I am so looking forward to the rest of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stan | 1/22/2014

    " Outstanding entry in the series of British Navy stories circa 1800. Highlights include O'Brian's wonderful dialogue, especially between the two principals, and the unforgettable Indian child guide Dil. Not to mention great action, with a harrowing passage through "perfect storm" seas, and a tense and thrilling chessmatch of a sea battle between Aubrey and his nemesis Linois. Very hard to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martha Johnson | 1/21/2014

    " I think I will fold my cards on O'Brian. I know there are plenty of fans but the stories simple don't carry weight with me. There's too much said and then not said; too much drama to it all. They are great swashbucklers, I guess, but I'm hoping for more than these protracted love stories interspersed with naval this and that. The Admiralty is imperious; the battles a little contrived. I'll leave it to the real fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 1/20/2014

    " Another good Aubrey/Maturin book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carey Combe | 1/14/2014

    " Much better than I thought - not too much fighting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lara | 1/11/2014

    " Jack Aubrey, your terrible puns are the best thing in the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lance Caselman | 11/23/2013

    " It doesn't get much better than this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brett | 11/7/2013

    " This is possibly my favorite book in the canon. It strikes an excellent balance between Naval Warfare and Naval Intelligence (which is not very different than striking a balance between focus on Aubrey and Focus on Maturin). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Motorcycle | 11/7/2013

    " It's good, entertaining, but just more of the same from the other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 10/13/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 9/30/2013

    " Well we are actually listening as a book on tape, which means i have to choose something Jamie and I will both like. This book is amazingly descriptive and engaging. I can hardly wait to listen to more and to h ear the end of this one "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Conrad Keely | 9/5/2013

    " One of the sadder books I've read in the series, where Maturin's sorrows begin to overshadow those of Aubrey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 8/13/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Selligman | 6/12/2013

    " this might be my favorite of the series .... maybe. honestly, I can't read these things - too dense. but they are great audiobooks for long trips .... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith Slade | 12/15/2012

    " Another great Patrick O'Brian sea novel with Jack Aubrey and the ship surgeon, Stephen Maturin. I have read about half of the around 20 novels and like most of them. I used to read the Hornblower novels back in Jr. High, but these are even better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vassilissa | 11/2/2012

    " My favourite Aubrey/Maturin so far. It has everything: torture, betrayal, battles, sloth, scurvy, elephants, jewels, and a tortoise! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Casey | 10/30/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 8/4/2012

    " also 5/5/2003; also 5/6/2005 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig Coleman | 5/31/2012

    " My favorite of the Aubrey/Maturin series. Exquisite prose, thrilling sea battles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 1/7/2012

    " So far my favorite in the Aubrey/Maturin series. I've only read up to book twelve. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 8/18/2011

    " Yet again another great book by Patrick O'Brian. Not quite as exciting as the first one but still really good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 6/4/2011

    " All thanks be to Elizabeth for recommending this series. I list this book here first as a stand-in for the Canon. There are many things to praise in these books, but let us just pause and bathe in the language. "

  • 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

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.