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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,975 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:
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Captain Jack Aubrey sets sail for the South China Sea with a new lease on life. Following his dismissal from the Royal Navy on a false accusation, he has earned reinstatement through his daring exploits as a privateer. Now he is to shepherd Stephen Maturin—his friend, ship’s surgeon, and sometimes intelligence agent—on a diplomatic mission to prevent links between Bonaparte and the Malay princes that would put English merchant shipping at risk.

The journey of the Diane encompasses a satisfying diversity of adventures. Maturin climbs the Thousand Steps of the sacred crater of the orangutans; a killer typhoon catches Aubrey and his crew trying to work the Diane off a reef; and in the barbaric court of Pulo Prabang, a classic duel of intelligence agents unfolds: the French envoys, well entrenched in the sultan’s good graces, against the savage cunning of Stephen Maturin.

This eighteenth volume in Patrick O’Brian’s highly acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin series is the perfect blend of action, espionage, and adventure on the high seas.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Novels of extraordinary, quirky attractiveness, oblique and complicated charm, a rich and reliable intelligence…A dazzling receptiveness to language, an understanding of period speech so entire that it never needs to preen itself.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The Aubrey/Maturin books provide a splendid look at a time when irony was merely a condiment to life’s great feast and not the main course it is today. But most important, the books tell the story of a maturing friendship between unlikely friends…who tolerate their differences with winning and unsentimental generosity. O’Brian is the Homer of an epic of affection.”


  • “In length the [Aubrey-Maturin] series is unique; in quality—and there is not a weak link in the chain—it cannot but be ranked with the best of twentieth-century historical novels.”


  • “Delicious old-fashioned prose…wonderfully complex sentences that capture the feel of the sea and the culture of the great warships, all the while sketching with apparent accuracy and truth the early nineteenth-century world.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Notable Book in 1991

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jie | 2/17/2014

    " I finished the book last night probably 2am. Had to go downstairs and get the next one and started reading immediately. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tao | 2/14/2014

    " Ended with a cliff-hanger. Will start the Nutmeg of consolation in a moment. Can't wait to see what's going on next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Darlis | 2/13/2014

    " There is not much plot but an interesting look at life aboard a British sea going vessel in the 19th Century. There a variety of characters, odd descriptions and conversations, a strange language (British) English. A knowledge of nautical terms, history, and geography willk make this even more pleasant. Weirdly, this was quite enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Aaron | 1/13/2014

    " I was disappointed. Not enough action. Too much time on land in the orient or the middle east or wherever it was that they went. Not enough cannons. "

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