Just one battle; I like three or four! The focus is on Stephen, his struggle with laudanum and his intrigues. If, like me, you have come to care about Aubrey and Maturin as if they were real friends, then you read it with enjoyment anyway, and on to,the next!
Truly, this reader is quite terrible. Several times, I am wondering if he will finish the sentence before passing away into the next realm. Instead, go buy the Simon Vance version, he has read the books terribly well and you will not be disappointed.
I do enjoy these books but this one falls short. Somewhat of an amateurish job by other wise very good writer in terms of having his plots and themes flow together towards a destination.
The plot is all over the place, is the book about are transferring convicts? deciding Blighs fate, fighting the Dutch, surviving near shipwreck and mutiny, Maturin's inner conflict over Dianna and drugs (again), or playing a spy game?
The answer all of the above at different times, but only some of the above and the less interesting ones by the end. The Maturin spy theme is too abstract to really carry the day for the final climax of the book. So while the journey is entertaining at times the final destination is boring.
If you are a fan of the series by all means read so you can get to the next chapter, its not painful, but its worst of the series so far, and a very poor follow up to the Maturius Command.
Jack, he is such a larger than life character but with plenty of weaknesses.
Patrick Tull was the finest British narrator EVER!
This series is superb and Patrick Tull's narration is sublime. This might be my favorite of all! The high drama, the incredible story line and the meticulous characterizations combine to provide perfect satisfaction.
The depictions are so carefully detailed with sight, sound and smell that the experience could hardly be more real if one experienced it.
You can instantly tell who is speaking. Not only are the voices perfectly rendered the phrasing is a golden globe performance.
I would cheer Jack with bumpers three times three.
The best series and narration. period.
Not the best of the series but still full of the details of "Lucky Captain Jack's" adventures.
Absolutely. I love the details about the sailing ships of the time.
Not at first but found my self sitting in the drive way listening to just a bit more when I could afford the time.
I look at this book more as O'Brian's foundation to introduce plotlines in lager books than anything else, but there are still some interesting plots in this book. There is really only 1 major naval combat in this book, but it has a decent amount of action and suspense. A large section of the book, as the title hints at, deals with Aubrey's ship being marooned a while on an Island. It's not some sort of Robinson Crusoe/Swiss Family Robinson tale that I thought it would be, most of the focus is on the seamanship used to nurse a damaged ship to safety. If you are reading this series mostly to read about ship-to-ship action this book will be a bit slower for you, but there are a lot of of plot threads that will be picked-up again in later books, especially English and American tensions prior to the war of 1812.
This 5th in the serious is suprisingly boring. Not much happens. Jack is spending money like a drunken sailor on shore (pun intended) Without giving away the events of the novel I can say the voyage is boring, the encounter with a Dutch 74 ends abruptly in a dissappointing way. The novel ends abruptly. The major purpose of this novel seems to be set the stage for future novels.
The name Desolation was very well choosen and i wonder if O'Brien choose it knowingly! Having feasted on the other 4 books I was exciting to get stuck into this one. Sadley, it was woefully lacking, packed full of depressing failures and bad luck that actually became predictable towards the latter part of the book. As an ex RN sailor I should be little more forgiving of his use of our terminology, however in this book it felt like it was used more as a camouflage to a weak story Skip this one and hopefully number 6 will rescue the series. This book broke the spell of the O'Brien books for me.
I took a reviewer's advice and skipped this one. Book 6 is terrific and covers the first encounter with a US ship. You won't miss much by skipping this one, but they're all great so if you have the time, might as well read this one too.