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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,190 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: 9781455182008
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Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are ordered home by dispatch vessel to bring the news of their latest victory to the government. But Maturin is a marked man for the havoc he has wrought in the French intelligence network in the New World, and the attention of two privateers soon becomes menacing. The chase that follows through the fogs and shallows of the Grand Banks is tense—and unexpected in its culmination.

Aubrey and Maturin must endure a foundering ship, capture by the French, and a less than pleasant stay in Paris’ infamous Temple Prison. Meanwhile in Paris, Diana Villiers anxiously awaits Maturin’s safe return.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The best historical novels ever written.”

    New York Times Book Review, praise for the series

  • “Vividly detailed nineteenth-century settings and dramatic tension punctuated with flashes of wry humor make O’Brian’s nautical adventure a splendid treat.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A mirror to Nelson's navy—compulsively readable.”

    Hammond Innes, New York Times bestselling author of The Land God Gave Cain

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 2/16/2014

    " O.K. I was going to give it 2 stars, but the last chapter took it up one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 nlh | 2/16/2014

    " O'Brian is one of my reliable vacation authors. Who can resist a Basque spy/scientist/physician in the 19th century British Navy? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth A | 2/13/2014

    " From the author of Master and Commander. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Glover | 1/29/2014

    " Like all of the Aubrey/Maturin books, this was just a ripping good tale. O'Brian lets you smell the powder, hear the tearing canvas and feel the salt spray. And his characters and plots are not only believable but very much alive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mackay | 1/23/2014

    " More. What could I say? Putty in the man's hands. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Vanderweide | 1/21/2014

    " One of the best books in the series ... only 4 stars because of extensive typos in the Norton hardcover version I am reading now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elron | 1/20/2014

    " There's hardly any naval battles in this novel. I'm beginning to wonder if I should bother finishing the series, or just reread Hornblower. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul-Dad-TheAged Rogers | 1/14/2014

    " Very good read. All I can say re: the plot is... it's about time! You'll see, in the last 25 pages or so ;-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alec Aakesson | 1/9/2014

    " Good. I have read it before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/2/2014

    " Another very enjoyable tale of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. Read three in succession they're so addictive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 1/1/2014

    " Another favorite from O'Brian's series of masterful historical fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will G | 12/30/2013

    " Spy novel: with romance and ships! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LDuchess | 12/22/2013

    " Starts with Stephen, Jack, and Diana V in America. Then off to sea--in various ships. What new scrapes will Jack get into? Will Stephen ever learn to board a ship without falling? Stay tuned.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Welch | 12/12/2013

    " This series continues to thrill... for an erstwhile sailor like myself, and lover of the Great Ships, this stuff is like eye and brain candy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drianne | 10/8/2013

    " Boat Book #7. Yay for the fewer boat battles! Stephen's cool. But I still dislike Diana. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 8/6/2013

    " Other than Aubrey and Maturin sailing off together, these books are incredibly varied. A particularly fun one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana Sandberg | 7/24/2013

    " Excellent, of course. And again and again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Squeaky | 7/12/2013

    " But why does Jagiello say "Draw, incest," to the Dane on page 246? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 5/27/2013

    " Interesting that they are in America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tagg | 12/27/2012

    " I have loved this entire series so far, but The Surgeon's Mate was one of O'Brian's better ones. The plot is a lot of fun, as always, but he also explores some interesting insights into human nature that I found fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiri | 10/8/2012

    " Another great Aubrey/Maturin novel. Some parts dragged a bit, but there was plenty of sea battle action and naval companionship to liven my days! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Barnett | 7/13/2012

    " An enjoyable story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K.M. Weiland | 6/14/2012

    " Another solid, charming entry in the series, flocked with high-seas adventure and O'Brian's signature straight-faced humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 3/29/2012

    " Finally Dr Maturin displays his abilities in this last three books resolving several story lines with his work in espionage. He even gets Diana to finally marry him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 2/23/2012

    " Listened to this as a recorded book. Great tale, humor, adventure, endearing characters, wonderful descriptions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 5/22/2011

    " Another in O'Brian's series of Aubrey-Maturin historical novels, set in the British navy during the Napoleonic era. Thoroughly enjoyable and meticulously researched as always. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 5/15/2011

    " O'Brian never fails. All the humor, adventure, suspense and historical detail of the previous Aubrey/Maturin novels. And finally some loose ends are settled, or so we are led to believe. For pure escapism history buffs can do no better than this master novelist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 3/19/2011

    " Previously read in January 2009. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tagg | 1/6/2011

    " I have loved this entire series so far, but The Surgeon's Mate was one of O'Brian's better ones. The plot is a lot of fun, as always, but he also explores some interesting insights into human nature that I found fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 12/26/2010

    " This series continues to thrill... for an erstwhile sailor like myself, and lover of the Great Ships, this stuff is like eye and brain candy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 12/9/2010

    " I love Patrick O'Brian, 'nuff said... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Motorcycle | 9/10/2010

    " Good. It was more of the same from the series, but I've enjoyed them all, so that's not a bad thing. There was some action at the end of this one that actually made me a little anxious. So that was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 7/19/2010

    " In this book our heroes are held captive by the French...but there is hope: Book #8! What a delightful serial experience; at the end of one book, you look forward to the next! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David (Dafydd) | 6/25/2010

    " I took it as a light holiday read and that is exactly what it is. Thoroughly enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 5/13/2010

    " One of the best books in the series ... only 4 stars because of extensive typos in the Norton hardcover version I am reading now. "

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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

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.