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Michael

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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
    (1991)
    Performance
    (898)
    Story
    (890)

    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"
    "First of a wonderful series"
    Overall

    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.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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