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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 Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Aubrey–Maturin Series Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455186501
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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.”

    People

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiri | 2/4/2014

    " I loved this one! And maybe that doesn't mean much when I've loved almost all of this series, but somehow O'Brian keeps getting better and better. I adore how this crew of hard soldiers and seafarers can be so very human and vulnerable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 1/31/2014

    " I think I'm getting faster at reading these. This one was particularly good, I was worried and on the edge of my seat the whole book. I was so concerned for Stephan and Jack. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken-ichi | 1/15/2014

    " Any book that ends with a main character rendered unconscious by a platypus is alright by me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.E. Jr. | 12/26/2013

    " This one regains ground and buoys the series back to its usual high standard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackivers | 12/21/2013

    " Cruising towards completion of the series ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 10/17/2013

    " Another in the continuing adventures of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin-- a shipwreck, pirates, Australia. This was book #14...and I look forward to #15. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 10/15/2013

    " The whole series is addictive and great. This man can write a sentence, has a great vocabulary and can tell a story. I had to stop before the last couple of books in the series because I couldn't face finishing O'Brian's work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 8/21/2013

    " Jack and Stephen are back in the South China Seas and make another stop at Botany Bay in this installment. Listened to the audio version read by Patrick Tull. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 5/19/2013

    " Number 14 in the series. 'Nuff said! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 marginalia | 3/4/2013

    " Rats get into Stephen's cocaine stash. Things go downhill from there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Bailey | 2/13/2013

    " Previously read May 1, 2009. Aubrey and Maturin in Sydney. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dwight | 1/16/2013

    " Duck Billed Platypuses are weird "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tagg | 10/7/2012

    " Wow--somehow these keep being great and so much fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brackman1066 | 8/30/2012

    " Another wonderful book in the series. O'Brian gives us a typically abrupt ending, but then all his books do that. I am delighted with Sarah and Emily and hope we hear more about them. And I love it when Stephen shows that he, too, can be a man of action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 4/19/2012

    " Love these naval adventure stories and the prose and speech style reminiscent of Dickens. Just love them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 2/2/2012

    " Always a delight, but the volumes without any big battles always leave me just a little bit hungry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Squeaky | 12/31/2011

    " I particularly enjoyed this one. I nearly wept at the polar bear story. And I thought EVERYONE knew about the platypus! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/30/2011

    " Plagues, duck-billed platypuses, Sarah and Emily, news of the birth Stephen's baby daughter, the reunion with Padeen, Sydney Harbour, and an allusion to Austen writing Persuasion: another excellent read, and, thanks to Patrick Tull, an excellent listen as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 4/30/2011

    " Much more action-packed than the previous :"13 gun salute". Without spoiling it, I love it when the nerdy and reserved Dr. Maturin duels, maims, or kills someone. He is like a quiet powder keg waiting to go off- what a temper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.E. | 11/29/2010

    " This one regains ground and buoys the series back to its usual high standard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 9/9/2010

    " Another in the continuing adventures of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin-- a shipwreck, pirates, Australia. This was book #14...and I look forward to #15. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken-ichi | 8/18/2010

    " Any book that ends with a main character rendered unconscious by a platypus is alright by me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 8/9/2010

    " Stephen is adorable, but also scary. Rats should not be given cocaine. Male platypuses have a poisonous barb. Australia is scary. And the birds-nest-soup swallow is in fact not a swallow at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 4/23/2009

    " 1st Recorded Reading: August 2001 "

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