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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, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781440781117
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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, there to mount an expedition against the French-held islands of Mauritius and La REunion. 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.

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

    " Re-read: 7/2012 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 1/28/2014

    " #3 in the long Aubrey/Maturin series of seagoing adventures. Patrick O'Brian had the knack of writing engaging books, using the same characters, and keeping reader interest! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffin | 1/23/2014

    " 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 Shelly | 1/21/2014

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adrian | 1/13/2014

    " Couldn't finish it. The same jokes about the same characters as in previous novels, but over and over and over. And to think there are 100 of these books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jade | 12/4/2013

    " The movie for this series is partly based on this book. The book has some parts that are a little plodding, but overall it's a good story. What's great is to watch Aubrey progress forward and endure and gain. I love the battles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Squeaky | 11/30/2013

    " Lots of stuff to look up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rein | 11/27/2013

    " i ought to finish reading this epic book sometime... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 11/18/2013

    " 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 Ibis3 | 11/11/2013

    " This was another brilliant episode in the Aubrey-Maturin series. I so love the language, which is wonderfully brought to life by Simon Vance. Now, even when I read it off the page I always hear his voices for Aubrey and Maturin. Love! 8.5/10 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chet | 11/7/2013

    " Heroes with classical virtues became un-cool just before C. S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian came along. Bummer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Casey | 10/29/2013

    " 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 Paul Childs | 7/26/2013

    " This was a pretty good book, although there were times when I could imagine what it was like to be stuck on a small ship for a long ocean voyage because some of this voyage was not that interesting. But that said, the rest of the story was great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig a.k.a Meatstack | 4/4/2013

    " O'Brian has a way of turning a long and drawn out navel voyage, with very little action into a riveting tale. This book brings the series back into the swing after the ho-hum second book. I found myself literally cheering on and laughing out loud to this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillian | 3/27/2013

    " More brilliant O'brian! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank Juarez | 3/19/2013

    " I have re read this series twice - it provides so much food for thought "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 10/22/2012

    " I guess I'm going to be reading this whole series... why stop now? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felicia | 9/30/2012

    " Fantastic, as the whole series appears to be. I highly recommend it to everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark K.Astley | 9/24/2012

    " Aubrey and the Doctor travel to India. O'Brian's desciptions are very vivid, demanding that we do not apply the 'West" to the sub continent.. Agood ripping yarn.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 8/30/2012

    " 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 Michael McFarland | 6/19/2012

    " A solid entry in the series, though the last 25 pages or so felt rushed, and for no particular reason, since the book ends fairly abruptly. Otherwise quite enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 5/22/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred R | 4/28/2012

    " Here, among other things, he dips into Kipling. Does he really maintain this quality for 20 books? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed Teja | 9/12/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 5/29/2011

    " The best so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 5/18/2011

    " Awesome, although I needed a dictionary of naval terminology to fully appreciate all the technical stuff. Great story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Netts | 5/14/2011

    " not bad for an adventure novel and the characters are well written but it would desperately need a sailing term glossary to make proper sense "

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

    " Up helm, stu'n'sails alo and aloft! Beat to quarters!
    A bit difficult if you don't pick up the salty jargon, but I got totally lost amongst the images in this one, not to mention getting hooked in the process. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 5/6/2011

    " I love all of the Jack Aubrey series. I must admit I tend to skim the battle scenes but the characters and dialogue are brilliant, often laugh out loud funny. I love the sense of being immersed in a historical era, and Patrick O'Brian does that superbly well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillian | 5/4/2011

    " A new addiction has begun.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/28/2011

    " Good story, but I will admit a bit hard to read. Lots of long sentences. Having the visuals from the movie in my mind did help. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daryoung | 4/24/2011

    " I listened to this on audio and it was delightful, perfect for audio. I'll read the others when I can. "

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

    " A good, fun story. Sometimes you feel you're right in a ship's cabin with the waves and cannon shot close by. Can't see my wife enjoying it, but then, I wouldn't enjoy the potato peel society. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barry | 4/12/2011

    " I can't do this one - I'm sure if you had a visual maritime archival vocabulary you'd love it. I'm just not a boat nerd. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/9/2011

    " If I had a grasp of the technical terms, the nautical lingo or even understood half of the English I might have enjoyed this book. "

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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.