Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also
This one is alittle slower than the first but still a good story
Jack of course not too many like him
Mr Vance is a very skilled reader and I enjoyed his characters a great deal.
Well, the Dr when he had Jack get into the bear suit for 300 miles what sight that must have been
Look forward to the next one in the series
I enjoyed learning about the way the Royal Navy really functions in the 1800's. How the politics of your father, a Whig, could work against your advancement to becoming Captain of a British man-of-war.
The boy-like Captain Aubrey reminds me of Captain Kirk aboard the USS Enterprise of Star Trek. I believe they copied the style of this author's navy dialog when they created the TV series.
I like Simon Vance's performance of all his characters. His diction is clear and always understandable and his portrayal of different characters is quiet convincing; his French, Irish, Spanish and English accents are naturally done.
When the war against Napoleon is stopped for a while you get a good picture of how a seaman lives when he is not at sea. His restlessness is partially quenched by get-rich-quick schemes of questionable value. This also give us a valuable vision of domestic life in 19th century England.
I became interested in 18th and 19th century ship stories due to the Horatio Hornblower series by C.S. Forrester. The Master and Commander series was recommended to me by friends with similar tastes. The first book was excellent, but I did not care for Mr. Tull's narration style -- I found his lip smacking, water drinking, and tongue clicking to be very annoying. I kept wondering why they don't have a mute button during recording sessions. The noises were not as audible in the car, but when listening directly through my iPhone's speakers, I could hear every click, swish, and gulp.
Everything flip flopped with Post Captain. I find that I like Mr. Vance's narration style much better. He is, perhaps, not as flamboyant as Mr. Tull, but I don't have to listen to his various bodily functions. In light of the plodding and exceedingly dull story in Post Captain, I found Mr. Tull's more rapid reading pace to be a blessing.
As hinted at, I found the story to be EXTREMELY disappointing. If I had wanted to listen to a Harlequin Romance novel, I would have purchased one. After all the balls, fox hunts, and plodding descriptions of dresses, I began asking no one in particular, "given that this is supposed to be a book about a ship's capatain, is there a ship in our future?"
If you are looking for something like the Hornblower series, or even the first book in the Master and Commander series, and don't want to read a romance novel, give this book a pass. If you want to read a Pride and Prejudice type story with nautical metaphors tossed in, give it a listen. Personally, I will be reading the reviews of the rest of the Master and Commander series a little more closely to avoid any future disappointments.
I have read all of the books in the series and now I am enjoying them through audio. I normaly do not write reviews but after reading some of the others I had to put my opinion out there for the potential listeners. I have been listening to the Simon Vance narrations and I believe he does Patrick Obrian justice. I accidentaly purchased the Patrick Tull narration of The Surgons Mate and it was difficult to get through due to the slow monotone reading. I have to recommend Simon Vance to potential listeners. The Simon Vance narrations are cheaper and in my opinion far better.
This installment was a let down after book one. Too much girl chasing and exploring feelings rather than sea intrigue and firing broadsides. Tull is my preferred narrator.
Where Master and Commander was riveting at times, Post Captain slides to more of a soap opera ramble that often becomes very tedious. Had the first book in the Aubrey/Martin series been like this one, I wouldn't have bought the second.
Simon Vance is a better narrator than Patrick. Just look at the wide variety of novels by other authors read by him with high ratings. Patrick Tull on the other hand has these annoying pauses where he is "catching his breath" and sometimes you can even hear his breathing.
I listened to the Tull version of book 1, "Master and Commander", before trying Simon Vance for book 2. Even though the Tull recording is of lower technical quality, often sounding like it was recorded on a cellphone, his voicing is superior to Vance. In the Vance version, I can't help visualizing Stewie from "Family Guy" when Stephen Maturin is speaking. Also, the female voicings remind me of Monty Python sketches. Sorry about all this narration talk, but it is very important to the overall experience. I love the story.
I should have read other reviews - and double-checked that the narrator was Patrick Tull. This reading is acceptable, but not as rich or well-read as the Tull version.
This narrator is absolutely pathetic, not fit to read a children's book to a Chinese speaking kindergarten class. Vance, Maturin IS IRISH, not some prattling high toned ninny best left to the English bad guys in Starwars spoofs or on flying circus. An Jack being voiced with a deep sort of mindless pompous accent. Dear God it burns the ears! Did the Vance even read the first book??? Further the narrative is so noninflected as to border on diesel engine monotone. What a true massacre of a most excellent book.