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Keith

Lake Elsinore, CA, USA | Member Since 2001

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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
    (2069)
    Performance
    (966)
    Story
    (958)

    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.

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    "Insomniacs should listen..."
    Overall

    The one star rating is a gift by virtue that the review process here does not allow zero stars. This audio title should come with the following warning: "Do not listen to this book while driving or operating heavy machinery" and "Will cause drowsiness".

    The descriptive nature of this novel was very good, however, I found it a real snoozer. It seemed that the main characters spent more time on deck drinking tea and watching the slow progress of the ship(s) chasing them than actually doing battle. The Proper British manner oozes from every word in this novel, yawn. Time for a nap.

    6 of 25 people found this review helpful

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