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  • H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (169)

    Third in the series of Aubrey-Maturin adventures, this book is set among the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent and in the distant waters ploughed by the ships of the East India Company. Aubrey is on the defensive, pitting wits and seamanship against an enemy enjoying overwhelming local superiority. But somewhere in the Indian Ocean lies the prize that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams: the ships sent by Napoleon to attack the China Fleet.

    Lawrence says: "Excellent Narration"
    "Pleasurable for an old salt or a new one."
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    If you could sum up H.M.S. Surprise in three words, what would they be?

    adventure, prose, thoughtful.


    What other book might you compare H.M.S. Surprise to and why?

    "Moby Dick or the Whale” Although Patrick O'Brian is a 20th century writer, he really harkens back to the early 19th century. The poetic flow of the prose, the variance into alternative disciplines (natural philosophy, biology, physiography) and the adherence to historic accuracy make a novel as compelling as Herman Melville’s classic work.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Simon is one of my favorite narrators. His vocal abilities are expansive. He has as many accents as there are characters in the book. He could make a mediocre book pleasurable, although I would not consider this, in any way, a mediocre book. Patrick O’Brian is a wonderful writer and Simon Vance’s performance only adds to the wonderment.


    Who was the most memorable character of H.M.S. Surprise and why?

    This is the Aubrey and Maturin series and you really can't distinguish between the two. Jack Aubrey entices you with his wit and innocence as the extrovert and Stephen Maturin displays the introverted intellect that you crave. My feelings fluctuate between the two but if I take them together they paint a more complete whole.


    Any additional comments?

    I would think that any reader would enjoy this book but someone who is compelled by historical fiction and by wind-powered adventure would be enthralled with this series.

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