I'm a real warship captain. I served in the USN for 31 years and was privileged to have three commands. I envy James Tiberius Kirk because he was allowed to remain a starship captain for his whole career. There's nothing like it really; best job on the planet. Sure it's demanding, carries a lot of responsibility, but one thing it is hardly ever is boring. But these books are. A fellow naval officer is a devoted fan of the series and I kept reading them hoping to find out why. I've now read four: Far Side of the World, Post Captain, HMS Surprise and The Ionian Mission and I give up. They're terrible unless you like listening for half an hour or more to discourse on some archane bug or other. The constant stress of Jack's financial perils becomes just plain tedious. If this era is your interest then I suggest the Hornblower series by CS Forester (sp) or the Bolitho novels by Douglas Reeman both of which are much better.
Brings Captain Aubrey and the Dr. together
Always rooting for Jack
Love his uses his voice
No, but love the series
O'Brien gives a newer and deeper view of the time and place. It's not the first book, not as light hearted, but more interesting and darker. Very enjoyable.
This recording has technical problems. It's a pre-digital recording, and there's enough crosstalk to be a distraction. Also the narrator's breathing is intrusive, and he sometimes mixes accents for the characters. Pity, as this is a wonderful book.
Wish I had read the reviews. Instead I saw the number of stars and jumped in. Bottom line, if you're looking for something similar to Cornwell's Sharpe series, skip this. Too much of the book feels like a 19th century high school required reading romance.
I love Patrick Toll and could happily listen to him read my supermarket list, so in this case its the novel, not the narrator, that falls short. I fell in love with Captain Aubry in the first book when he was perched on the top mask, lashed to the wheel, dashing up the shore with his unsheated bayonette, etc. etc. not when he is pondering the not very interesting twists and turns of young ladies minds. For that I would stick with Jane Austin, who does all that a thousand times better. Poor Mr. Toll, he barely gets to do what he excels at in this novel.
for whatever reason, i could only get the first section at 48mb, so it sounded like someone was reading it to me over the phone, but the other sections were fine. anyhow, at first i thought, my god, are they ever going to sink anybody? but i wound up glad that we got a better look at all the characters involved. a fine book. can't wait to get to the next.
Can't believe that this fellow actually does this for a living. It was not enjoyable listing to him smack his lips and burble into the microphone. Do yourself a favor and get an audiobook spoken by anyone else. Worst I've ever heard.
Once you notice the narrator doing this continually, it will drive you mad. I'm switching to the other narrator for this reason. There isn't as much sea salt in his voice but not as much spit either.
I was looking for a nautical Sharpe, but instead found this dull book. When there is some action, it's very good. However most of the book is spent on land, full of tiresome conversation (see for example Pride and Prejudice). I was very surprised and disappointed given the other good reviews; I don't know whether to try another in this series or not. It was a struggle for me to finish this book.
Having listened and enjoyed to all the Sharpe novels, I have tried the single well-recorded Hornblower book on Audible and it's FAR better than this. Now I'm stuck for what historical military fiction to listen to next!