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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,761 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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The fifteenth installment in Patrick O’Brian’s widely acclaimed series of Aubrey-Maturin novels is equal parts mystery, adventure, and psychological drama.

A British whaler has been captured by an ambitious chief in the Sandwich Islands at French instigation, and Captain Jack Aubrey is dispatched with the Surprise to restore order. But stowed away in the cable-tier is an escaped female convict. To the officers, Clarissa Harvill is an object of awkward courtliness and dangerous jealousies. Aubrey himself is won over and indeed strongly attracted to this woman who will not speak of her past. But only Aubrey’s friend, Dr. Stephen Maturin, can fathom Clarissa’s secrets: her crime, her personality, and a clue identifying a highly placed English spy in the pay of Napoleon’s intelligence service.

In a thrilling finale, Patrick O’Brian delivers all the excitement his many readers expect.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What lifts The Truelove into the highest ranks of fiction is what it shares with the rest of its author's writing: page after page of unmistakably original insights into the mysteries of the world.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “The writing is as strong and delightfully various as the people and plots. And everything—skies and seas and ports and creatures—is vividly, sensuously present.”

    London Evening Standard

  • “This entry in O'Brian's late-eighteenth-century seafaring series will delight fans, while offering newcomers a good place to jump in.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “I devoured Patrick O’Brian’s 20-volume masterpiece as if it had been so many tots of Jamaica grog.”

    Christopher Hitchens (Slate), praise for the series

  • “O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin volumes actually constitute a single 6,443-page novel, one that should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century.”

    George Will, praise for the series

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stan | 2/14/2014

    " This entry in the series did not do much for me. Not much action throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sandy | 2/13/2014

    " #15 in the series. This book was another good addition to this long series of sea stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Robyn | 2/12/2014

    " Too much Clarissa and not enough... Well, not enough anything else really. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dan Casey | 2/1/2014

    " The entire series is amazing. O'Brian's writing is a delight to read and while I could quibble over 4.5 stars or 5 per each volume I'm rating it across their totality. "

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