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Download The Reverse of the Medal: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 11 Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Reverse of the Medal: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 11 (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Patrick O’Brian
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,201 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: Patrick Tull Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2004 ISBN:
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Jack Aubrey is back in London after a successful mission. On the advice of an acquaintance he uses the time to invest some of his prize money. However when the investments link him to London's powerful criminal element and land him in jail it looks as if he has lost his post captaincy and the H.M.S. Surprise. It is once again up to ship's surgeon and covert agent Stephen Maturin to rescue his hapless friend. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nolan | 2/9/2014

    " One of the best Aubrey/Maturin Novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 2/5/2014

    " Another fine novel in the series. Transports its fans to an era lost and loved. A terrific niche read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 2/3/2014

    " A little sadder than many of the other installments, but beautifully written and delightful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeffrey Lawson | 2/2/2014

    " I have read one or maybe two of O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels. However,I am not an avid fan. I picked up The Reverse of Medal because I was wanting some nautical fiction and this one was easy to hand. I did not finish it. It just isn't my style. I am a Hornblower kind of guy. O'Brian is just too tangential. Oh well, I guess I will just have to remain faithful to C.S. Forester in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Schneider | 1/29/2014

    " Yet another fabulous Aubrey/Maturin book! Patrick O'Brian was truly a masterful author. I am looking forward to reading more in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Steely | 1/18/2014

    " I like the historical fiction and the wooden ships details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 emily | 1/9/2014

    " This is a bridging novel. It takes our heroes from the Caribbean seas on the Surprise back to England, where Aubrey gets embroiled in a stock market scandal. As usual, the story is best when the boys are at sea, and tends to flounder a little on land--luckily, the action moves along swiftly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 1/9/2014

    " PErhaps the best book in the series yet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JoTownhead | 12/27/2013

    " Captain Jack Aubrey becomes embroiled in the murky circles of espionage more usually the province of ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin. Stephen's behind the scenes actions enable the situation to be rescued, but at a high price to Jack and his career. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bencosgrove | 11/28/2013

    " I defy anyone to keep his or her emotions in check during the pillory scene near the end of this extraordinary, complex, deeply humane novel. One of O'Brian's best -- and in light of the uniform excellence of the Aybrey/Maturin series, that's saying something. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moses Operandi | 7/18/2013

    " Yet another masterpiece. Two books ago in the series, I said that I had ran out of adjectives to describe this series. I'm not going to even try anymore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 7/5/2013

    " Thanks to my Australian friends, I even understood the cricket match description. This volume has no cliches, no predictability, plenty of reasons to empathize and seethe. Great narration on all of these--so far I've listend to the audio versions of all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 4/4/2013

    " While I drive, I'm re-listening to all of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series read by Patrick Tull (and you have to get Patrick Tull who knows the naval jargon and all the characters) - for me this was the best way to experience the books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Grady | 1/16/2013

    " Not as much sailing as previous volumes, but still an interesting insight into the British judicial system of the early 1800's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 12/3/2012

    " Relatively short on naval action, but long on the securities fraud trial and why everyone agrees that English justice is the best in the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 7/5/2012

    " 1st Recorded Reading: August 2001 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heath | 6/20/2012

    " This book built up to surprising and unexpected ending. Poor Jack. The pillory scene was particularly evocative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/29/2012

    " Over half of this book is spent on land, which isn't my favorite, but it moves fast, and contains hugely important plot points that allow the series to continue forward in a refreshed way, and in that, it contains some very smart writing by O'Brian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 1/4/2012

    " This book was great, but painful given that it is clear from page 1 that nothing good will happen to our heroes... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 5/18/2011

    " Though based on historic events and no less well-written than other episodes of the Aubery/Maturin saga, it's all getting a bit repetitive.

    Die-hards will enjoy it; others will wonder what the fuss is about. "

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

    " These books get easier and easier to follow as I go through them. Partly because I think his writing style has improved and because I am getting used to the old-timey way everyone talks, etc. I enjoyed the legal trials in this one, as a barrister myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K.M. | 1/5/2011

    " Taut and excellent, as always. One if the more emotionally gripping installments in the series. "

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

    " It's almost pointless to separately review what's now one long, continuous series. Big changes for our heroes in this installment. Great fun as usual, even if the plot is maybe just a little too neat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 8/29/2010

    " Now I am just over the half way mark in this series of sea adventures. Our navy captain's career is in ruins; our ship's doctor and captain's friend comes to the rescue...can there be satisfactory resolution? I'll see when I read book #12. O'Brian is a terrific story teller! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bencosgrove | 8/20/2010

    " I defy anyone to keep his or her emotions in check during the pillory scene near the end of this extraordinary, complex, deeply humane novel. One of O'Brian's best -- and in light of the uniform excellence of the Aybrey/Maturin series, that's saying something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sverre | 7/11/2010

    " I'm not listening to the audio book, but that's the only one that comes up... "

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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.