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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,780 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick O’Brian Narrator: Patrick Tull Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2016 ISBN: 9781402581526
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The espionage activities of cunning ship’s surgeon Stephen Maturin have kept him at odds with the most important French agent in the Mediterranean, Lesueur-a man with a long memory and a taste for revenge. When that revenge takes the shape of the delicate and distracting Mrs. Fielding, who also attracts the ever-wandering eye of Jack Aubrey, Stephen’s sensibilities are severely tested.

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  • 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 Bill Zodanga | 2/17/2014

    " Please note, this 5 star rating is based on my long ago memories of this book - I may have read it greater than 12 years ago. I recall reading and really liking it, and even kept the book to read again in the future (something I only do with good, or otherwise significant books). The memories of an old man are sometimes faulty so this could really only warrant 3.5 to 4.5 stars, instead of the 5 I gave it. Once I re-read the book I will update this rating/review to more accurately reflect my thoughts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra Dainar | 2/8/2014

    " The endings are getting less and less resolved making the books less stand-alone, but I can tell I'm getting more drawn in. Two finished in under a week! "

  • 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 Tagg | 1/26/2014

    " One of O'Brian's best so far. I really loved the telling of this story, and the fact that he left it as a cliff hanger for book 10 to pick up on rather than wrapping it up neatly as he usually does. Jack and Stephen are two of my favorite characters in literature, possessing admirable qualities mixed with human weakness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Poppy | 1/24/2014

    " 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. "

  • 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 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Bailey | 1/19/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 1/18/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 1/16/2014

    " 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! "

  • 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/9/2014

    " 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Boyd | 1/1/2014

    " Worst of the series. Slow paced and hard to follow. "

  • 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will G | 12/30/2013

    " 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 Will | 12/29/2013

    " 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. "

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

    " love teh series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanne | 12/6/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JP | 12/6/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 11/8/2013

    " As always, O'Brian is grabbing me with his characters. He is so gifted with his portraits of characters, and makes you almost wish they were real people that you be befriend! "

  • 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 Nathan | 10/16/2013

    " Another fun Aubrey/Maturin novel. Another interesting entry into the series. "

  • 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 Rob | 7/2/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana Sandberg | 6/2/2013

    " Still fine. Still an inimitable mixture of light humour, intellectual stretch, rich character and suspenseful story. "

  • 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 Kiri | 1/9/2013

    " Entirely enjoyable! I'm loving how well I'm getting to know these characters as I work my way through the books. They are like old friends now. "

  • 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 4/3/2012

    " I brought this book on my coast-to-coast travels, and its familiar world and depictions of true friendship made excellent company throughout. The only problem was that I finished the book before I reached home, so I'll have to remember to bring at least two books next time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 3/3/2012

    " Not one of the best in the Aubrey/Maturin series, but anything by O'Brian is good fun when read by the wonderful Patrick Tull. "

  • 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!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 3/27/2011

    " A bit slow to get going, but a strong conclusion. "

  • 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 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aneel | 12/25/2010

    " 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. "

  • 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 the author of the highly acclaimed Aubrey–Maturin series of historical novels. Set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, O’Brian’s twenty-volume series centers on the enduring friendship between naval officer Jack Aubrey and physician (and spy) Stephen Maturin. The Far Side of the World, the tenth book in the series, was adapted into a 2003 film directed by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany. The film was nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture.

About the Narrator

Patrick Tull (1941–2006), born in the United Kingdom, was a multitalented actor of the stage, screen, and television, as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He acted in numerous American television shows from 1962 to 1996, including Crossroads, and he had roles in six Broadway plays between 1967 and 1992, including Amadeus. His film credits from 1969 to 1996 included roles as Cecil in Parting Glances and Jerry the bartender in Sleepers. He served as narrator for the television series Sea Tales. He narrated nearly forty audiobooks, and his readings of The Canterbury Tales, The Letter of Marque, Monk’s Hood, The Vicar of Wakefield, and How Green Was My Valley each earned him an AudioFile Earphones Award. His narration of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin novels was praised by novelist Stephen King as among his ten favorite audiobooks of 2006.