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Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: Patrick Tull Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Audio Length: Release Date: December 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781449801502

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Best-selling author Patrick O'Brian turns to Commodore Anson's famous 1740 voyage for this rich tale of exploration and adventure. In The Unknown Shore, the inspiration for and immediate precursor to the acclaimed and immensely popular Aubrey/Maturin series, O'Brian's splendid prose and enthralling attention to detail launches listeners-spellbound-into the Age of Discovery.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This MIGHT be my favorite single book ever. Funny, historically accurate, full of adventure and friendship. And, of course, written by Patrick O'Brian. Can it get any better? :D "

    - Jess, 2/6/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great early sketches of Aubrey and Marturin. Excellent account of survival. "

    - Ed, 1/24/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " My last un-read O'Brian seafaring novel. "

    - Anna, 1/23/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This was a tantalizing glimpse of the Aubrey/Maturin series, no doubt. This book is unpolished and a bit rough around the edges during some episodes but it tells a good story and a great adventure. Looking forward to his other books now. No doubt he will only get better. "

    - Shivesh, 1/16/2014
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This and "The Golden Ocean" are independent of the Aubrey/Maturin series and are the first two seafaring novels that O'Brien wrote. This one has similar characters to the Aubrey/Maturin series. Like Jane Austen, but very wet. "

    - Bill, 1/15/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Started off in a thoroughly early-Jane-Austen manner. Most enjoyable. "

    - Kent, 1/13/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A good adventure story - less dense than some of O'Brian's works (there's more story and fewer pages full of nothing but numerous lines and sails and impenetrable ship-detail). "

    - casapazzo, 1/2/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Harder to get into than The Golden Ocean, it's neverthless a hell of a ride. Especially the last part. Shackleton's Arctic escape is like a day out at the park comared to this. "

    - Rockderk, 12/25/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I knew it was the precursor to the Aubrey/Maturin series, but aside from that I didnt know what to expect. It was enlightening, entertaining, and enjoyable... yet it still lacked that spark he tapped into in his later work. Still a fun read though. "

    - Cole, 12/19/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I want to reread it. "

    - Sarah, 12/3/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not the best of his books, but it definitely gives you a feel for the wonderful Aubrey/Maturin adventures that follow. "

    - Alesia, 11/27/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Very similar in tone to the Aubrey/Maturin novels, but I prefer those. While there were great tracts of this one that I enjoyed very much, parts of the last quarter of it dragged and I didn't feel like it was going somewhere as I do with the A/M novels. "

    - Kiri, 11/19/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Interesting mostly as a precursor to the Aubrey/Maturin novels. The never-ending series of setbacks got to be too repetitive, even if true. "

    - Grace, 8/10/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Everything you'd want to know about 17th century sailing ships! "

    - Deb, 3/13/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This is my first Patrick O'Brian read and I enjoyed it very much. O'Brian is a natural born story-teller, backed up with historic detail. I may be visiting him again. "

    - Kathleen, 11/26/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A good read, but not as good as the Aubrey/Maturin series. "

    - Tom, 6/11/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Historical fiction about life on the high seas. "

    - Beth, 1/12/2012
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I have read all of O'brian's Master and Commander series and loved them. I had great hopes for this one, but was let down. The story skips all over the place without really focusing on anything. It was as if it was a completely different author. "

    - Dee, 4/19/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " My last un-read O'Brian seafaring novel. "

    - Anna, 1/16/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Started off in a thoroughly early-Jane-Austen manner. Most enjoyable. "

    - Kent, 9/18/2010
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This MIGHT be my favorite single book ever. Funny, historically accurate, full of adventure and friendship. And, of course, written by Patrick O'Brian. Can it get any better? :D "

    - Jess, 3/1/2010
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I am crawling through this read. There is so much technical content - 19th century seafaring jargon - that my eyes roll up and call it a night almost as soon as I begin at night...... but I am persevering...! I finally finished, and delivered these scurvy sailors back to Britain. "

    - Mary, 12/31/2009
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great early sketches of Aubrey and Marturin. Excellent account of survival. "

    - Ed, 12/2/2009
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This was a tantalizing glimpse of the Aubrey/Maturin series, no doubt. This book is unpolished and a bit rough around the edges during some episodes but it tells a good story and a great adventure. Looking forward to his other books now. No doubt he will only get better. "

    - Shivesh, 8/19/2009
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Interesting mostly as a precursor to the Aubrey/Maturin novels. The never-ending series of setbacks got to be too repetitive, even if true. "

    - Grace, 7/31/2009

About the Author

Patrick O’Brian (1914–2000), a translator and author of biographies, was best known as the author of the highly acclaimed Aubrey–Maturin series of historical novels. Set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars ,this twenty-volume series centers on the enduring friendship between naval officer Jack Aubrey and physician and spy Stephen Maturin. The Far Side of the World, the tenth book in the series, was adapted into a 2003 film directed by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany. The film was nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture. He wrote acclaimed biographies of Pablo Picasso and Sir Joseph Banks. He also translated many works from the French, among them the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Lacouture’s biographies of Charles de Gaulle.

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.