And of course, don't even consider another narrator - Patrick Tull is the only one worth considering. This is one of my favs - Stephen as an action hero, illegitimate children, madmen, Diana dashing about, jewelry, and a fascinating peek into English ex-pats in a new country. Audubon's work also makes an appearance.
Well written and very excellent job immitating a variety of voices. I very much enjoyed - as an American - to see this war from the other side and see British opinions of a young America. Exciting to see Jack come up against the USS Constitution and end up a prison of war. He is not used to losing. Fascinating adventures in the Boston area and very exciting chase scenes. I highly recommend this book.
Fortune of War, seventh in the O'Brian series is great - best of the best. This one deals with the British-American relations during the War of 1812. Poor Jack had more misadventures than "Perils of Pauline" with a finale that was a historical nail biter.
One of the Best so far. As an American, I liked this one a lot. A different view on history. Diana is back, Jack is Jack on land and Stephen is James Bond
But if you are a student of history, particularly the War of 1812, you'll know how the battles are going to turn out. And that was a bit of a spoiler, at least for me.
I enjoyed the character studies of some of the people of Boston during the period. Very entertaining.
The only dark spot of the whole read was the detestable DV. I find I have to restrain myself from hitting the fast forward whenever she's there.
Having read or listened to all of the previous installments of this venerable series, I was particularly disappointed with this one. Without giving away too much, two quick and decisive naval battles book-end what I felt to be Dr. Maturin's interminable hand-wringing over Diana Villers. I found myself fast-forwarding through large portions.
I took the advice of reviewer's of book 5 and skipped it. They were right, I didn't miss a thing by going right into book 6 The Fortune fo War. It is an excellent listen, well written and read. Now, on to book 7. If you're doing the series, I also recommend that you skip book 5.
After the DISASTER THAT WAS DESOLATION ISLAND, I nearly gave up on the series. If you haven't read Desolation, skip it. The only thing you will miss out on is 12 hours of pedantic boredom.
In this tome, the plot moves along nicely. We are once again interested in the characters. O?Brian really puts you there: the political situation, the treatment of captured sailors, the feel of old Boston, it is all there. Desolation Island ended with the reader asking, "Where?s the rest of the book?" This volume leaves us wanting more.