Humor. Drama. History. 2nd in a seafaring series. Absolutely delightful.
The entire Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brien is extraordinary.
Patrick Tull has no equal. He does a boatload of cockney sailors & stuffy British admirals with great elan.
Stephen Maturin being fished out of the drink & berated by his boat mates. Hilarious.
Both author and narrator have passed away. Makes these books doubly precious.
I love the Master and Commander series so very dearly, but this recording was a bit vexing. Occasionally another voice can be heard faintly in the background, although it appears to be saying the same words just a fraction later than Patrick Tull says them. I still think Patrick Tull does the best reading of these books, I was just a little put off by the phantom voice in the background!
Expected to love it and it lived up to expectations ... on to book 3! Patrick Tull can read to me anytime and I'll listen eagerly!
Pediatrician. Classics, Literary Fiction and SciFi lover"
I loved this book, but its longwinded in parts and I doubt Id have made it through it in print.
The cutting out expedition was great as are some of the scenes where you start to see inside Maturin's head. (also bees love the bees)
The author went back and greatly widened the base of the characters for this book. The greatly added depth makes for a novel that is quite slow in parts, but is necessary to create characters strong enough to support such a massive series.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
I really wanted to like this book, having enjoyed the first one so much. I didn't hate it, but...
I know some people really liked this book. More power to them. It's true that O'Brian tries to show a more well-rounded picture of his characters rather than just a bunch of naval warfare scenes. There's an attempt at love interests, debtor prison perils, Admiralty politics, and civilian life in general. For me, it felt like O'Brian was going out of his way to include a period reference on every page. I could not shake the feeling that he was trying to rehash a miscellany of episodes from all the real period novels of the era he was treating. It just did not feel convincing and it did not add up to a coherent novel. It was the sophomore attempt at creating a series. I surely do hope that the series picks up in future books. I have to believe it does because otherwise there is no accounting for the popularity O'Brian's novels enjoy.
Three things I really could live without: the bear episode, the bees episode, and the interior decorating episode.
It's hard to tell if O'Brian knows where he's going or if he's just feeling his way along like so many other developing authors. His characters sometimes can't seem to make up their minds what personality they want to have. Stephen started off as a kind of eccentric naturalist. Here he starts to come to life as a fully-realized character thanks to his journal entries and the new responsibilities he undertakes. The eccentricities continue to pop up from time to time, but it's harder to reconcile them to the person O'Brian seems to want us to accept as the *real* Maturin. Aubrey is harder to get a fix on. As a naval officer, he is supremely competent, commanding, and confident. As a human being, he's one of the most clueless people on the planet. I suppose there are people like that, but sometimes it is hard for to accept that both characters are intended to inhabit the same body.
As for the love interest, well... O'Brian is going to have to work a lot harder to convince me there is anything real going on.
I have listened to it before. Great series.
The entire Aubrey Maturin series. Krakatoa, The Great Influenza and other historical novels and biographies.
Like other good narrators he tries to bring a time to the language.
Good listen. Tough to turn it off.
Audiobooks are my way of easing the long commute to work! Thank you!
Aubrey is the best by far!
Hmmm...I think a TV series would be good....Not sure about the casting but i'm sure that this would be an action packed and witty series!
Good read. Thanks!
As a long time fan of the Aubrey/Maturin novels, it was a pleasure to find an audio rendering that fills the sails with such precision (even on land!). Mr. Tull brings each character to life just so with wonderful accents and a twinkle in his eye.
Man, I love these books! In this one, BFFs Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin thought they knew each other initimately, but both discover there's more to the other than they previously knew. There's a lot of gentlemanly angst--over ladies, over unkind words spoken in the heat of anger, over jealousy and mistrust. But here's a spoiler: they work it all out in the end. Huzzay! There are also the requisite naval intrigues and battles, and, of course, plenty of humor. I can't wait to read book three!
Starting with this volume we see Maturin as an intelligence agent but instead of James Bond we find the sharp analytical mind of Holmes. Maturin is precise as a naturalist, devastating as a spy and a leading physician for his time with some hilarious misconceptions. His Watson is in charge and capable at sea. Aubrey is the emotionally driven everyman, with exceptional physical courage. Watson???s knowledge of medicine is replaced in Aubrey by a study of victory at sea. The implicit lessons on training and military priorities, good and bad, are universally true. If you seek pure action, this is not it. If you seek intelligent characters that can???t quite harmonize, just like real life, and intense battle won by superior appraisal of the critical factors then "I wish you joy of your find!"
He claims his delivery is a neutral reading of the material. How am I to contradict? However, the dry wit of the author, the occasional slapstick situations, the technical accuracy are all highlighted by his performance. Don't miss a comparison preview of competing readers.