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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,065 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: Patrick Tull Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Aubrey–Maturin Series Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781436100243
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When last seen, Jack and Stephen had been shipwrecked on a desert island in the glittering South China Sea. The Nutmeg of Consolation opens as the castaways fashion a makeshift vessel from the wreckage, only to have it destroyed in a fiery attack by Malay pirates. Only the wondrous ingenuity of Stephen, along with the unexpected appearance of one of Jack's oldest allies, leads them to escape-and to dubious safety in a penal colony at New South Wales. 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 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 Sandi | 2/12/2014

    " 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Grady | 2/5/2014

    " Picks up directly after the events of The Thirteen Gun Salute; and remains centered on the South Pacific to include Java and Sydney. Detailed imagery of the penal life in Australia. "

  • 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Am | 1/26/2014

    " bliss. If you love historical fiction! "

  • 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/1/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Celeste | 12/29/2013

    " Audiobook. Usual fun read in the Jack Aubrey series. "

  • 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 Kathryn | 12/20/2013

    " 1st Recorded Reading: August 2001 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/26/2013

    " 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.E. Jr. | 10/12/2013

    " 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 Dan Casey | 9/16/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dwight | 8/24/2013

    " Duck Billed Platypuses are weird "

  • 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 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen Dawson | 11/23/2012

    " Another good and varied tale which forms part of the long story arc. Picking up with the crew shipwrecked in the Pacific, the story leads us to New South Wales. "

  • 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 9/27/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Squeaky | 9/21/2012

    " 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 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 Tagg | 4/11/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ghostlibrarian | 2/28/2012

    " The title of this book is so unusual. Who would have thought that there would be a ship with that name? I enjoyed this one as much as the others and am ready to start the next one. "

  • 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mackay | 7/7/2011

    " Terrifically interesting and (as ever) unexpected "

  • 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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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.