I had long been curious about this series, and when I heard Patrick Tull's voice in the listening sample, I had to give it a try. (His parts of the multi-reader MOONSTONE by Wilkie Collins are easily the best.) It's terrific historical fiction (exciting sea battles, interesting background asides on the Napoleonic wars and British politics) peppered with very droll, amusing remarks and social commentary that makes the narrative voice as much a character as Aubrey and Maturin. Tull is the perfect reader for this material, and now I find a new addiction as there are 20+ books in this series.
This series of books is one of the best that I've read. The characters are alive and lovable. A must read! I'm on book 5 now and can't wait to read the other 16 books.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the reader's style with the different voices. It was exciting and the details of life in those times was fascinating. I look forward to the next book in the series.
I liked the story and the characters, but I had a hard time keeping track of who was who, especially in the longer conversations. The voices weren't distinct enough.
I listen to a lot of books during my commute to and from work, 60 min each way. I enjoy many types, mysteries, sci fi, I just could not get in to this one. I think it requires too much concentration to follow and I just could not commit. The terms are unknown, and if you miss a definition you must go back. On at least 3 occasions I thought my ipod had skipped as I was totally lost. I gave up.
A wonderful and exciting adventure narrated to perfection by Patrick Tull. Now when I read the Aubrey/Maturin books, I hear Patrick Tull in my mind. He truly brings these stories to life.
This book and the rest in the series are just wonderful--lively characters and action, rich with historical and naval detail, and beautifully and wittily written. Patrick Tull's reading takes the experience to an even higher level. It was hearing Master and Commander that got me hooked on audio books for life. Even if you think naval/adventure novels are not for you (I certainly thought so), give this a try. You may fall in love.