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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,827 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: Simon Vanc Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Aubrey–Maturin Series Release Date:
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This sixteenth volume in the acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin series, a brilliantly detailed narrative, became Patrick O’Brian’s first bestseller in the United States.

At the outset of this adventure filled with disaster and delight, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin pursue a heavy American privateer through the Great South Sea. Their ship, the Surprise, is now also a privateer, the better to escape diplomatic complications from Maturin’s mission, which is to ignite the revolutionary tinder of South America. Aubrey will survive a desperate open-boat journey and come face to face with his illegitimate black son; Maturin, caught up in the aftermath of his failed coup, will flee for his life into the high, frozen wastes of the Andes. They will be reunited at last in a breathtaking chase through the stormy seas and icebergs south of Cape Horn—where the hunters suddenly become the hunted.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Taken as a whole, the Aubrey-Maturin novels are by a long shot the best things of their kind, so much better than the competition that comparisons long ago ceased to be relevant: they are uniquely excellent.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The best chapter yet…As usual, readers can revel in the symbiotic friendship of Jack and Stephen, who make for a marvelous duo, whether in their violin and cello duets or in their sharp dialogue.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nicholas | 1/27/2014

    " One of the most enjoyable in the series so far "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jerry Haigh | 1/22/2014

    " I have read the entire Aubrey/Maturn series at least six times, in order, and been captivated by many facets. Of course the sheer adventure is enthralling, but the way in which O'Brian has developed his characters as the books go along is magical. One reviewer called O'Brian " The Jane Austen of the 20th century." Right on! Only in the last two books as O'Brian aged and was no doubt under pressure from publishers, did the standards slip. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Will G | 1/18/2014

    " This voyage is looooong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Peter | 1/15/2014

    " I know Patrick O'Brian is a cult figure for a number of readers and I can understand the attraction. Well written, deeply historical, great characterization and intriguing plots. I read this first and then The Hundred Days and then stopped. It just isn't for me to continue through the series. "

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