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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,032 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: Simon Vanc Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Aubrey–Maturin Series Release Date:
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Shipwrecked on a remote island in the Dutch East Indies, Captain Jack Aubrey, surgeon and secret intelligence agent Stephen Maturin, and the crew of the Diane fashion a schooner from the wreck. Though a vicious attack by Malay pirates is repulsed, the makeshift vessel burns, and Aubrey and his crew are truly marooned. Their escape from this predicament is one that only the whimsy and ingenuity of Patrick O’Brian—or Stephen Maturin—could devise.

In command now of a new ship, the Nutmeg, Aubrey pursues his interrupted mission. The dreadful penal colony in New South Wales, harrowingly described, is the backdrop to a diplomatic crisis provoked by Maturin’s Irish temper and to a near-fatal encounter with the wildlife of the Australian outback.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I fell in love with his writing straightaway, at first with Master and Commander. It wasn’t primarily the Nelson and Napoleonic period, more the human relationships. …And of course having characters isolated in the middle of the goddamn sea gives more scope. …It’s about friendship, camaraderie. Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin always remind me a bit of Mick and me.”

    Keith Richards 

  • “The best historical novels ever written… On every page Mr. O’Brian reminds us with subtle artistry of the most important of all historical lessons: that times change but people don’t, that the griefs and follies and victories of the men and women who were here before us are in fact the maps of our own lives.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “What Mr. O’Brian has created is no less than a tapestry of English life in the early nineteenth century that is almost Dickensian in its scope...Mr. O’Brian’s language is elegant, erudite and dense, exposing the reader to a world both high and low, encompassing honor and tyranny, pederasty and heterosexual love and betrayal, loyalty and treason, drug addiction and debtor’s gaol, fiasco and triumph, cowardice and courage.”

    New York Observer

  • “A joy in language that jumps from every page....You're in for a wonderful voyage.”


  • “Brings O’Brian’s achievement to a new height…Such is O’Brian’s power to possess the imagination that I found I was living in his world as much as my own, wanting to know what happens next. That is the real test. Any contemporary novelist should recognize in Patrick O’Brian a Master of the Art.”

    Sunday Telegraph (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tim | 2/20/2014

    " The Nutmeg of Consolation is more of an adventurous sea story than its predecessor, but even it revels more in naval life than naval action and more in Maturin's naturalistic activities, intelligence work, and music than combat. Aubrey and Maturin spend time marooned, refit the Nutmeg, cruise in search of a larger French frigate, rendezvous with the Surprise, and explore the brutal society and fascinating natural life of Australia. A real pleasure to enter this world remade from history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathryn | 2/17/2014

    " 1st Recorded Reading: August 2001 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ian | 2/13/2014

    " I enjoyed this least of all the series thus far. Still a good read but not as enjoyable not action packed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brett | 2/7/2014

    " This is book 14 of the series and you can tell it is book 14. O'Brian tends to write his books in large chunks whose plots can span several books. Yet I find it easy to become immersed in his narratives. If you haven't read this series and you like historical fiction, I suggest starting with the first book Master and Commander Master and Commander, that one's my favorite. "

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