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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 Vanc Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Aubrey–Maturin Series Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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