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Aengus

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  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (1862)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (782)

    This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

    Frank says: "Choice of Narrators"
    "I Strongly Prefer the Tull Reading"
    Overall

    I borrowed the Simon Vance reading from my library and it was so unenjoyable, I actually joined audible just to hear the Tull reading. Vance's voice is too refined for the characters and the voice for Jack Aubrey suggests he is an aged admiral. Tull's gravelly voice and thick brogue better suits the characters. His pacing and punctuation also helps the characters come of the page (sort of speak). I recommend sampling both readers to figure out your preference - its quite possible you'll get hooked on the series.

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