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Download The Thirteen-Gun Salute: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 13 Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 5 3.97 (30 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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Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin set sail aboard the Diane for the South China Sea, shepherding a diplomatic mission to prevent links between Bonaparte and the Malay princes. If their mission fails, English merchant shipping in the area will be threatened. At the barbaric court of Pulo Prabang, the stage is set for a duel of intelligence agents, pitting the savage cunning of Stephen Maturin against the French envoys, who are already entrenched in the Sultan's favor.

The thirteenth installment of Patrick O'Brian's hugely successful Aubrey/Maturin series.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aneel | 2/19/2014

    " Only decent. Again, this one was too easy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Bailey | 2/6/2014

    " Previously read March 15, 2009. Aubrey is restored to the Navy List and begins the circumnavigation that will continue for several books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.E. Jr. | 2/2/2014

    " This one, in my opinion, represents something of a lull in the series (really that started with The Letter of Marque, but that one had enough momentum from a few key events to keep it going to the end). There are a couple of very satisfying points, and the closing of a particular loop (having to do with "spies") keeps this one going, but the end almost jumps the shark-- almost. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brackman1066 | 1/29/2014

    " My favorite O'Brian books are the ones that read like Napoleonic John LeCarre novels, only funnier and with naval actions. This was one such book. I love it when Stephen gets to shine as an intelligence agent, and there was great satisfaction in seeing some villains getting no happiness or reward for their treachery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 1/27/2014

    " This was as just good as the preceding twelve books in the series. Seafaring historical adventure fiction is better than most other genres. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/27/2014

    " 1st Recorded Reading: August 2001 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tagg | 1/27/2014

    " STarting to feel guilty about reading so many of these. But I just can't help myself "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 alex | 1/11/2014

    " Was listening, but had to return the tapes.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blake Downing | 1/11/2014

    " As always a good Patrick O'Brian story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colette | 1/1/2014

    " These books always end at the most exciting moments. "

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

    " Captain Jack Aubrey gets back his heart's desire and once again escorts ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin on important diplomatic missions. Espionage activity is uppermost but Stephen still manages to pursue flora and fauna, and Jack's excelllent seamanship skills once again protect from peril at sea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Leland | 12/16/2013

    " Think I'm burning out a bit on the series. May not finish them all. I miss the battles. I'm sure I wasn't working as hard as I should have been, but I could barely follow the French/English/envoy intrigue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stan | 11/12/2013

    " O'Brian's usual excellent writing, but this book is long on explication and short on action. Perhaps my least favorite in the series thus far, but the bar is high: for me this is an all-time outstanding series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tao | 11/10/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 9/5/2013

    " It just dawned on me (after reading the 13th book in this series) that the reason Patrick O'Brien is so good is that he assumes an intelligent reader. One of the best in the series, beloved by niche fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Bernhardt | 1/13/2013

    " yeah, book 13 and it is still the best novel series i have touched. and i still don't understand any of the naval terms. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen Dawson | 9/9/2012

    " The thirteenth in the series seems a bit "flat", with relatively little happening until more than three-quarters of the way through. The closing action sets the scene nicely for book 14. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 8/30/2012

    " This is 13 of a 20 book series. Although they are getting alarmingly similar I still love reading about life on the ships. And the doctor is such a hoot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 7/28/2012

    " O'Brian is always a delight, but after the wild ride of the previous volume, this one felt like a bit of a breather..Mautarin's sojourn with the organutans is one of the most moving sequences of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hal | 3/24/2012

    " Another winner from Patrick O'Brian, but if you're up to the 13th in a series, you don't need to read any reviews. No battles at sea, which knocks it down to 4 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 3/1/2012

    " #13 in this series...and off to the South China Sea, negotiating a treaty and a shipwreck...on to #14 with just a whisper of regret because the series ends at #20 1/2. This has been my summer of Master and Commander. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aaron | 4/22/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 3/14/2011

    " Absolutely fabulous, so good to be back in the company of Jack and Stephen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 2/26/2011

    " This is 13 of a 20 book series. Although they are getting alarmingly similar I still love reading about life on the ships. And the doctor is such a hoot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 12/7/2010

    " This is the first book in the series which does not have one naval battle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alain | 11/26/2010

    " The whole series is a wonder of historical fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tao | 11/2/2010

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 10/16/2010

    " Rip roaring adventure in the South Seas in the late 19th century! What more could you ask for? Really a hoot and a cure for every day worries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 9/3/2010

    " #13 in this series...and off to the South China Sea, negotiating a treaty and a shipwreck...on to #14 with just a whisper of regret because the series ends at #20 1/2. This has been my summer of Master and Commander. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aneel | 2/9/2010

    " Only decent. Again, this one was too easy. "

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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.