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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,824 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: Patrick Tull Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC 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 in The Yellow Admiral, Patrick O’Brian’s bestselling novel and eighteenth volume in the Aubrey-Maturin series.

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; 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: in the storm waters off Brest he captures a French privateer laden with gold and ivory, but this at the expense of missing a signal and deserting his post. Worst of all, in the spring of 1814, peace breaks out, and this feeds into Jack’s private fears for his career.

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

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

    Wall Street Journal

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

    Los Angeles Times

  • “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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jocelyn | 2/18/2014

    " 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 by JoTownhead | 2/7/2014

    " 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 by Chaundra | 2/1/2014

    " originally read 13 Dec 2007 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen | 1/26/2014

    " 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. "

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