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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,889 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: 9781455182619
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This ninth volume in Patrick O’Brian’s beloved Aubrey-Maturin series is full of suspense, taking on the role of both nautical adventure and spy story. The polished prose vividly evokes the nineteenth century atmosphere.

All of O’Brian’s strengths are on parade in this novel of action and intrigue, set partly in Malta, partly in the treacherous, pirate-infested waters of the Red Sea. While Captain Jack Aubrey worries about repairs to his ship, the HMS Surprise, Stephen Maturin assumes the center stage, for the stockyards and salons of Malta are alive with Napoleon’s agents and the admiralty’s intelligence network is compromised. Maturin’s cunning is the sole bulwark against sabotage of Aubrey’s daring mission.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “O’Brian’s narrative…provides endlessly varying shocks and surprises—comic, grim, farcical and tragic. An essential of the truly gripping book for the narrative addict is the creation of a whole, solidly living world for the imagination to inhabit, and O’Brian does this with prodigal specificity and generosity.”

    A. S. Byatt 

  • “O’Brian is, first and foremost, a novelist. His are not cardboard characters, like those in most historical novels. They are real, complex people with idiosyncratic concerns and human foibles. You won’t understand every word…but it’s a mark of his genius, and of the spell he casts on readers of these books, that it doesn’t seem to matter.”

    Men’s Journal

  • “[A] cocktail of action and intrigue.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanne | 2/19/2014

    " Not up to the standard of the previous books in the series, Aubrey seems tired of life. I know the characters are getting older but do feel sometimes that O'Brian treats his main characters a little harshly. Money worries, career problems and women troubles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/7/2014

    " While I drive, I'm re-listening to all of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series read by Patrick Tull (and you have to get Patrick Tull who knows the naval jargon and all the characters) - for me this was the best way to experience the books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 2/7/2014

    " Another fantastic entry in the saga! Diving bells, treks across Sinai, spies and traitors, sailing, and a couple good battles. I'm starting the next one today! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik | 2/2/2014

    " Great return to form after the doldrums of The Ionian Mission. Two bits that I love: "the city of Valetta was as cheerful as though it were fortunate in love or as though it had suddenly heard good news." And Captain Aubrey looking through the stern-window: "This was a sight that never failed to move him: the noble curve of shining panes, wholly unlike any landborne window, and then the sea in some one of its infinity of aspects; and the whole in silence, entirely to himself. If he spent the rest of his life on half-pay in a debtors' prison he would still have had this, he reflected, eating the last of the Cephalonian cheese; and it was something over and above any reward he could have possibly contracted for." Quibble: I think Stephen should have figured out the double agent pretty quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Bailey | 1/22/2014

    " Previously read Feb. 1, 2009 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthony | 1/18/2014

    " Good effort from O'Brien. I think that he is dragging out Aubrey's skippering of the HMS Surprise a bit much. I like the dredging up of Wray and turning him into a villain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JP | 1/10/2014

    " Not the book in the series to start with but an excellent contributor to the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will G | 1/6/2014

    " Less ship on ship action, more spy vs spy. Not like it's a bad thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aneel | 12/31/2013

    " This felt like half of a book. One of the major plotlines doesn't resolve at all. I'm sure it's covered in the next book of the series, but I was annoyed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 12/22/2013

    " love teh series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 11/25/2013

    " I love this series. I never thought I'd be on tenterhooks reading about naval battles, but Jack and Stephen are so likeable, and O'Brian writes so well that these books are accessible to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 10/22/2013

    " Time for a break before going on to "The Far Side of the World." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Squeaky | 10/15/2013

    " Maybe I'm "getting" O'Brian's humour more, but I thought this one had some good lines. And, there's a map! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 10/8/2013

    " One of my favorites from O'Brian's wonderful Aubrey Maturin series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rafa Sánchez | 7/29/2013

    " Muy bueno, no puedo parar... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny | 2/8/2013

    " Part of the Master and Commander series. I love this series. This is the 9th in the series. A guilty pleasure if you like historical novels. A big plus if you like naval stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Plona | 9/12/2012

    " Another fine Aubrey Maturin yarn. Some nice twists and tales. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Poppy | 10/22/2011

    " Not O'Brian's finest, but then, it's hard to portray a series of less-than-successful missions in a thoroughly gripping way. One thing I enjoyed about it is that Stephen's intelligence work drives the narrative, rather than Jack's exploits. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elron | 9/19/2011

    " Doesn't stand on its own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 5/3/2011

    " Beware of officious government clerks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jocelyn | 4/24/2011

    " Oh, no! A double agent keeps betraying Jack's position to the French, but Stephen can't figure out who it is! He is still clueless at the end of the book! Wake up, Stephen! It is so obvious!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 3/19/2011

    " Previously read Feb. 1, 2009 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 7/21/2010

    " Treachery, battles, duplicity...a good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 4/15/2010

    " Another fine Aubrey Maturin yarn. Some nice twists and tales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 4/9/2010

    " Another great book in the series. Not one of the absolute best, but definitely a fun read. Love the diving bell! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 4/2/2010

    " Another solid outing from the tales of Aubrey and Maturin. It looks like there will be less of an effort to contain storylines within one book, instead focusing more on longer, multi-book arcs. Still, the story is good and the pace is brisk. Can't wait for book ten! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jocelyn | 3/24/2010

    " Oh, no! A double agent keeps betraying Jack's position to the French, but Stephen can't figure out who it is! He is still clueless at the end of the book! Wake up, Stephen! It is so obvious!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aneel | 2/9/2010

    " This felt like half of a book. One of the major plotlines doesn't resolve at all. I'm sure it's covered in the next book of the series, but I was annoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will | 2/8/2010

    " As usual, this book had beautiful writing. Unfortunately, it was tied to a very weak plot. Obviously, this book was written as a bridge, introducing characters and situations that will be fleshed out in the future. But, I was disappointed. Three stars for plot, four for writing. "

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About the Author
Author Patrick O’Brian

Patrick O’Brian (1914–2000) was born Richard Patrick Russ in England. During the Second World War, he and his wife were involved in British secret service activities. After the war, he changed his name to Patrick O’Brian and began his career as a novelist, biographer, and translator. He is the author of the acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin tales and the biographer of Joseph Banks and Picasso. In 1995 he was the first recipient of the Heywood Hill Prize for a lifetime’s contribution to literature. In the same year he was awarded the CBE. In 1997 he received an honorary doctorate of letters from Trinity College, Dublin. 

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.