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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,826 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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Life ashore may once again be the undoing of Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy. Aubrey, now a considerable though impoverished landowner, has dimmed his prospects at the Admiralty by his erratic voting as a member of Parliament; he is feuding with his neighbor, a man with strong Navy connections who wants to enclose the common land between their estates; and he is on even worse terms with his wife, Sophie, whose mother has ferreted out a most damaging trove of old personal letters. Even Jack’s exploits at sea turn sour when, in the storm waters off Brest, he captures a French privateer laden with gold and ivory—but at the expense of missing a signal and deserting his post. Worst of all, in the spring of 1814, peace breaks out, and Aubrey fears being “yellowed,” that is, nominally promoted to the rank of admiral without a squadron to command.

Fortunately, Jack is not left to his own devices. Stephen Maturin returns from a mission in France with the news that the Chileans, to secure their independence, require a navy, and the service of English officers. Jack is savoring this apparent reprieve for his career, as well as Sophie’s forgiveness, when he receives an urgent dispatch ordering him to Gibraltar: Napoleon has escaped from Elba.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Taken as a whole, the Aubrey-Maturin novels…are uniquely excellent.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Although O’Brian is ingenious at devising new adventures, it is the richness of his characters which justifies his readers’ continuing enthusiasm.”

    New Yorker

  • “This series is some of the finest historical fiction of our time, transforming a musty genre into art.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “The experience of reading O’Brian is that of gracious acceptance at one of the banquets of life’s feast…It’s hard not to find him irresistible.”

    Commonwealth

  • “If there were seventeen more novels, I’d start today.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Aubrey and Maturin are the most enjoyable literary companions since Holmes and Watson.”

    Detroit Free Press

  • “O’Brian is at the top of his elegant form here. He offers a wealth of sly humor…some splendid set pieces, characters who are palpably real and, as always, lapidary prose. This is splendid storytelling from a true master.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Fans of O’Brian’s previous novels will find themselves well rewarded.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by John | 2/5/2014

    " I'm getting a bit bothered with this series. I'm very nearly finished so I will press on to complete the series. More with the next reviews. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen | 1/31/2014

    " I enjoyed this book like all the other in the Aubrey-Maturin series but it's not quite as exciting - fewer and less impressive sea battles, more time spent on land, and less of Stephen in general made it fall a bit short for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judy | 1/17/2014

    " This is a page turner and a sensitive view of the life on board ship in the napoleonic wars. Then the sailors go home and we follow them. I am interested to be on the water with these men. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dan Casey | 1/7/2014

    " 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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