Having caught up with all the Connoly, Grisham, Sandford, Burke, Butcher, Crais, etc. books on offer - I decided to branch out. This is a great series. Good action and new vocabulary.
When Dr. Maturin was dumped by the woman of his dreams (or nightmares - opinions vary).
Dr. Maturin come to call on an elephant.
Not really. It's longish for a single go.
The narrator was so melodramatic in this reading that I was concerned that he might not make it. There is an alternative set of these books narrated by Simon Vance. I would recommend those instead of this series of recordings.
I can't say how much I have enjoyed this book. O'Brien keeps the excitement going. There are peaks and troughs, fast paced action and slow times, but always entertaining. Anyone who has ever sailed in the trade winds, or even dreams about such a trip, will know that O'Brien captures it masterfully. I felt like I was back at sea and was nearly pulling my hair out to figure out how to get back out there!
Reading the O'Brian series is as good a time as I've had with any author, and better than most. And to hear Tull read them; why it does not get any better! Read them twice, listened to them 4 x!
The movie - well, it was a fine movie in itself, but did not do justice to O'brian's series.
HMS Surprise is my favourite, it has a bit of everything human, bittersweet and funny and dramatic and bright and black and tense and as relaxing as the breezes off the home of Testudo Aubreii.
I felt a real pang when book 21 abruptly ended; my first thought was that I'd better start writing to finish it up! Presumptious? Yes, but what better compliment for an author than to have someone else want to continue the journey. I daresay it will be viewed as close to heresy, however.
Read & listen to each & every one! Right now! I'm hooked well and good.
A truly wonderful story, populated with rich, characterizations and terrific background. I've listened to the first two in this series and in my estimation, this is the best. Great sea yarn along with some of the most interesting characters in fiction. I have heard that the quality of the stories drops off in the later books, but the first three will knock your socks off. HIGHLY and FIRMLY RECOMMENDED.
like all charming tarts, she's the source of many problems. the narration is excellent, as always. if you liked the first 2 books, you'll like this one, as others have noted. and, i finally caved in and looked up a diagram of the sails, and other parts of a ship so i would know what the heck they were always yelling about during a battle.
I have not listened to this book, but I have read the entire series. If you enjoyed the Hornblower books, you will love Aubry. The characters are excelent, the plots realistic and historicly accurate, and the whole series reaks ofthe sea. Master and Commander is one of the series, and I expect they all will eventually get the Hollywood treatment.
The narrator is awful. He splits the statement from identifier of the person speaking, so following a conversation is incredibly difficult. There's no real attempt to voice the characters differently and this combined with the first issue means you can never really tell who the heck is talking, except from the context of the conversation - which means you can't sit back and enjoy the story, because you're too busy trying to figure out who is saying what to who. Flaws I class as merely annoying: the narrator randomly draws out the final syllable of a random passage like a snake; inserting just random pauses; and finally he randomly emphasizes syllables.
It's hard to say if I enjoyed the story much, the narrator was so incredibly distracting. I merely wanted it to be over. I've already bought book 4 and will try it - but if this continues, I'll will simply wait until a new narrator is available. This version is excrutiating to listen to - avoid.