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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: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455187638
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Meyer | 12/31/2013

    " My God O'Brien is a great author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jocelyn | 12/23/2013

    " Captain Jack Aubrey navigates several challenges: supporting the rights of unlanded families in his district to a piece of uncultivated property; serving under an admiral who had an interest in cultivating that property, which predisposes him to write poor reports about Jack, thus killing Jack's chances of ever commanding a squadron; dealing with fallout from an old extra-marital affair. Sometimes you just can't get the better of turkeys like your commanding officer or your mother-in-law. You have to put up with the unjust consequences . . . and wait for Patrick O'Brian to kill both of them in the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Mustread | 12/16/2013

    " #18 in Aubrey-Maturin naval series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JoTownhead | 12/16/2013

    " Captain Jack Aubrey and ship's surgeon and spy Stephen Maturin suffer the tedium of a naval blockade but, before long, Stephen's murky activities require them to engage in dangerous missions. Jack's peace of mind is threatened by secrets from the past and concerns over his career progression. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan | 12/10/2013

    " While reading this book, I found it the most boring and pointless in the series. By the third page of the following book I appreciated the point of The Yellow Admiral much more--O'Brian spends TYA getting back to the family life and social issues that are missed at sea, which is important for developing the characters although harder to appreciate at the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Waizenhofer | 12/9/2013

    " Great book, but not as good as the beginning of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 11/26/2013

    " 1st Recorded Reading: August 2001 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 8/27/2013

    " meh, not my favorite... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ahf | 8/18/2013

    " I continue to love this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Kemp | 8/10/2013

    " Great, surprisingly one of my favorites, this late in the game. Poetically written, elegiac at times. Exciting ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 8/7/2013

    " I've liked all of this series and this one is no exception. It provides a good lead-in to the next one, which obviously concerns the last outbreak of the Napoleonic wars. Simon Vance does an excellent job of reading this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Haslehurst | 12/25/2012

    " I love love love these books; I'm on my second time through. When I get to the end, I fully expect to go back to Master and Commander and start all over again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 S. Ben | 12/3/2012

    " A very good pervasive aura of melancholy. The characters are getting older, in both good and bad ways; every victory seems to lead to a defeat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/9/2012

    " 19 in the series. Really great historical fiction. I listened to some Horatio Hornblower novels this year as well and while those are good Patrick O'Brians two main characters are the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 8/25/2012

    " The series remains so good but with only 2 books and the partial final book... I don't want to rush to start reading more of them... because it will be sad to finish them. Such really beautiful writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 7/29/2012

    " Not one of O'Brian's best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 3/2/2012

    " Love all the books that I have read in this series. Need to get back to them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry O'brien | 7/31/2011

    " Maybe my least-favorite of the Aubrey/Maturin books, one of the rare times when it feels like O'Brian is just working through his research "Oh, enclosures of the commons, that ought to be good for 1/3 of a book... " "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 6/13/2011

    " The fact that I have only three more books until i must bid farewell to Jack and Stephen forever fills me with unspeakable sorrow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 5/11/2011

    " This is where they start to fall off. This might be the worst of the series... pretty much nothing happens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brynne | 11/29/2010

    " See my first review. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 10/2/2010

    " #18...and the series still is a great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 5/3/2010

    " The fact that I have only three more books until i must bid farewell to Jack and Stephen forever fills me with unspeakable sorrow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bradley | 2/16/2010

    " Capt. Aubrey and Dr. Maturin #18. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 9/18/2009

    " The series remains so good but with only 2 books and the partial final book... I don't want to rush to start reading more of them... because it will be sad to finish them. Such really beautiful writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 8/31/2009

    " 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. "

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