For those whose only exposure to the Aubry/Maturin series has been the Master and Commander movie, you are in for a joyful surprize! The books, of which this is the first, are incredible on a number of levels, not the least of which is the consistant quality of the writing. The books are roaring adventures, spy novels, highly educational, and often absolutely hilarious.
As good as the printed books are, I must say that Patrick Tull's readings have added to the series. His facility with the many dialects and accents is nothing short of amazing. At the same time, these shifts are so natural and subtle that they don't "pull the reader from the page" but more fully engage one in the story.
Wonderful books, wonderfully performed.
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