If you have followed the entire series this a good way to decompress. The story quietly and pleasantly fades into the distant horizon with slack sails never more to be seen. If you have not been addicted to the characters and their many sea adventures this is not the book for you. You should start at the beginning of the series and listen to each one in the proper sequence. There were no new adventures in this final unfinished tale of the sea.
I have already started to listen to the "The Golden Ocean". This, I understand, is the earliest beginnings in the 1740's era that eventually fostered the main Aubrey/Maturin series.
I like Simon Vance's portrayal of all his characters because he made a distinct difference in vocal and national accents. I could always clearly understand who was talking what they were saying even when multiple characters were speaking at the same time. I have listened to the other readers and I like his acting the very best.
I mourn the author's premature demise. The book was too short; much beyond his control. He wrote right up to the point of his death.
I paid $7.95 and I think the price was too high for such a short unfinished book.
I enjoyed learning about the way the Royal Navy really functions in the 1800's. How the politics of your father, a Whig, could work against your advancement to becoming Captain of a British man-of-war.
The boy-like Captain Aubrey reminds me of Captain Kirk aboard the USS Enterprise of Star Trek. I believe they copied the style of this author's navy dialog when they created the TV series.
I like Simon Vance's performance of all his characters. His diction is clear and always understandable and his portrayal of different characters is quiet convincing; his French, Irish, Spanish and English accents are naturally done.
When the war against Napoleon is stopped for a while you get a good picture of how a seaman lives when he is not at sea. His restlessness is partially quenched by get-rich-quick schemes of questionable value. This also give us a valuable vision of domestic life in 19th century England.
I very much disliked the reader of this book he ruined a beautiful book. He was uneven and noticeable trying to pronounce every word clearly and distinctly so much so that I lost the sense of the story line. In my opinion the reader should be transparent and not take away from flavor of the original author. I deleted the book and hope that another reader will be found.
Just plain depressing. I have to write a minimum of 15 words It depresses me even more when I just wanted to say, "Depressing"
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