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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
    (1954)
    Performance
    (867)
    Story
    (859)

    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"
    "Tull as the first choice for a reader"
    Overall

    My review is to commend Patrick Tull as the narrator of choice in the Aubrey series. I listened to Tull on book #1 and Vance on book #2. I have returned to Tull for the remainder in the series. While Vance is excellent with the various accents (French, Italian, Spanish, etc) I find his Maturin lacking any touch of the Irish and his Aubrey forced in its tone. In contrast, Tull gives his two main characters all the character they deserve. The key to Tull's reading is that while Vance narrates Tull tells the tale. It's as if he is sitting in the room with you and telling you a story. And if you don't mind him taking more time in telling the story--he is in no rush--it's worth every minute you listen.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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