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The Nutmeg of Consolation: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 14 Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Nutmeg of Consolation: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 14, by Patrick O’Brian
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,033 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: Tim Pigott-Smith Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Shipwrecked on a remote island, Captain Aubrey and the crew of the Diane fashion a schooner from the wreck, only to have their makeshift vessel burned in an attack by Malay pirates. Their escape from this predicament is one that only the ingenuity of Patrick O'Brian - or Stephen Maturin - could devise. 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.


The fourteenth installment of Patrick O'Brian's hugely successful Aubrey/Maturin series.

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Listener Reviews

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Jean | 2/10/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Bill Zodanga | 2/3/2014

    " Please note, this 5 star rating is based on my long ago memories of this book - I may have read it greater than 12 years ago. I recall reading and really liking it, and even kept the book to read again in the future (something I only do with good, or otherwise significant books). The memories of an old man are sometimes faulty so this could really only warrant 3.5 to 4.5 stars, instead of the 5 I gave it. Once I re-read the book I will update this rating/review to more accurately reflect my thoughts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Sandi | 1/27/2014

    " 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 Review by Chris | 1/25/2014

    " Weird title, great book. It's number 14 in the series. Holy moly, have I read that many? I've never been read this many books in a series before. Of course, it helps that I'm mostly listening them on audiobook as I commute to Pasadena for classes. Anyway, this book was particularly warm, interesting, and engaging. Like the rest of the books in the series, it basically has no ending. Maybe that's part of what keeps me going. It feels much more like you're following the life and adventures of some real people than it does like a typical novel. And it helps that the characters are so very good. "

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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.