The first two books, read by Simon Vance, were terrific. I swaggered around the house shouting things like "Jib up the main top stunsail mast o'er the larboard beam reach and hoist the flagons, look lively!!!!" (which means absolutely nothing but so much fun!). This one, Book 3, by this reader, Patrick Tull--I just can't get through it. I've been trying for many months. The reader is quite strange--too hissy, melodramatic, stylized, and slow. Ugh. I think I'll have to skip this (or finish in hard copy, heaven forbid!) and move on to Book 4--back to Simon Vance :)
Yes! A terrific series.
Couldn't take the reader.
Patrick Tull is a treasure. His voices for Aubrey and Maturin are perfect. The story is phenomenal. Read/listened to it 5 times, and will Def do so again in future.
Far. Too. Slow.
I absolutely love the Aubrey/Maturin novels, and am in the process of re-"reading" them via Audible during my commute. It's been 5+ years since I originally read the series, and I have really enjoyed reliving these stories. I listened to the first 2 books via Simon Vance's narration, and I have to say Mr. Tull's snail-like pace was a bit annoying. I found myself speeding things up to 1.25x just to keep it bearable, but his reading style of long pauses between bursts of dialogue made it difficult to understand.
After making it about halfway thru the book I began to adjust to his style somewhat. However, I will be going back to Mr. Vance for book 4. I know many seem to prefer Tull, but I really don't care for slow paced narration in general. Too many long and inappropriate pauses between phrases, etc. Mr. Vance's more efficient reading was much more to my liking.
I have listened to all of the series and heard both narrators over 3 times through. I enjoyed this one the most. Such highs and lows, action and friendship, sea and land. I also liked Patrick Tull far more than the other. It felt like a performance rather than a narration.
In the third of the series, O'Brian extends his his reach both literarily and geographically as he greatly deepens his characters and sends Aubrey, Maturin, and the SURPRISE further from previous voyages. Intrigue, romance, epic battles with enemies and the sea itself are all part of he loadout in this excellent work. There's not a moment to lose!
The story is good, the reading is excellent and the characters feel truly alive. The descriptions and dialogue makes the story an epic adventure of day to day life and the events that stand out.
The story and performance puts me in the poop deck. A love the slight of hand humor, the explosive action and the psychological study of the characters...all of them!