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Download The Surgeon's Mate: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 7 Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4.69 out of 54.69 out of 54.69 out of 54.69 out of 54.69 out of 5 4.69 (0 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: December 2003 ISBN:
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Jack Aubrey, Post Captain in the British Royal Navy, is suffused with happiness. The Shannon's engagement with the U.S. Chesapeake off the New England coast has resulted in victory, just another in a long string of them for Aubrey, nicknamed Lucky Jack for his tendency to win big. But Jack is less sure-footed by land than by sea. Trying desperately to conceal from his wife Sophie the details of an untoward liaison with a lady claiming a baby, and wrestling with speculators who are trying to rob him of every farthing he ever pirated, Jack is making a poor show at civilized life.

Meanwhile, his best friend, surgeon and scientist Stephen Maturin, is enjoying unprecedented success. In possession of papers that would make Napoleon blanch, Stephen supplements his espionage activities by delivering lectures at the French Institute on such rarities as the extinct avifauna of Rodriguez, and by spending time in the company of the fiery Diana Villiers.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 nlh | 2/10/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Zodanga | 2/8/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 2/7/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drianne | 2/6/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 2/5/2014

    " Nice cruise into the Baltic, lots of political and military intrigue and a bit of navigational background into this area. Jack's in deep sh*t business-wise and a little politically, Maturin's at his finest as an intelligence agent, spy and scientist. The final chapters in Paris are obviously not naval at all and rather eventless as far as action goes, but all's well that ends well and never mind manouvres, always go straight at 'em. The wedding at the end may be a little schmaltzy for some readers, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian | 1/29/2014

    " The last few Aubrey/Maturin books kind of run into each other so on with this one. It is the weakest of the bunch thus far; enjoyable, to be sure, but lacking the sense of action that the first few books carried. Still, an immersive world of strong characters and invested reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/28/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/24/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/19/2014

    " 1st Recorded Reading: August 2001 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tlnorz | 1/15/2014

    " A good addition to the continuing story of Jack A. and Stephen M. The ending was a bit of a surprise for me, which is always a plus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Secoy | 12/25/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 11/24/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Vanderweide | 11/12/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 10/9/2013

    " Another fine Aubrey-Maturin entry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Glover | 8/9/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthias Ferber | 6/26/2013

    " Another excellent chapter in what has basically become, by this point, one enormously long book. A delightful ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tagg | 1/24/2013

    " 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 Tiffin | 1/1/2013

    " The endings of these books are so fantastic that it is impossible not to go on to the next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Currer | 11/10/2012

    " This one had a lot of great moments, but seemed less than the sum of it's parts to me. The last fifth or so was great, though, and the ending was lovely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth A | 4/9/2012

    " 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 Sara | 4/3/2012

    " Re-read: August 2012 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aneel | 3/17/2012

    " Fun. O'Brian is still finding ways to keep it fresh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 11/19/2011

    " 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 James | 7/13/2011

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

  • 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 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

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.