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Bishop

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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
    (407)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (187)

    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"
    "Loved the Book, Narrator was not my favorite"
    Overall

    I'd give the book 5 stars if I would have gotten the Patrick Tull naration. Simon Vance, though not bad by any measure, couldn't match Patrick Tull's narration of the series for me. The book itself is one of the best of the series. It is filled with suspense and action throughout. The main characters face personal and professional challenges that define their character again and again. This is a book where the reader gets a real feel for the characters of Jack Aubrey and Dr. Maturin at a greater level than in the first 2 books. The beloved HMS Surprise is also introduced, a ship that comes back into the series again and again. An excellent book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Desolation Island: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (244)

    Jack's prize money has set the household accounts aright, but if he continues frittering it on naive extravagances, it will be gone in a fortnight. Fortunately he gets a commission aboard the Leopard, bound for Australia to rescue the hated and captive Captain Bligh.

    Gene says: "Most moving chase sequence in the whole series"
    "Less action-packed, but still interesting."
    Overall

    I look at this book more as O'Brian's foundation to introduce plotlines in lager books than anything else, but there are still some interesting plots in this book. There is really only 1 major naval combat in this book, but it has a decent amount of action and suspense. A large section of the book, as the title hints at, deals with Aubrey's ship being marooned a while on an Island. It's not some sort of Robinson Crusoe/Swiss Family Robinson tale that I thought it would be, most of the focus is on the seamanship used to nurse a damaged ship to safety. If you are reading this series mostly to read about ship-to-ship action this book will be a bit slower for you, but there are a lot of of plot threads that will be picked-up again in later books, especially English and American tensions prior to the war of 1812.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mauritius Command: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half pay without a command, until Stephen Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a commodore's pennant, there to mount an expedition against the French-held islands of Mauritius and La Reunion. But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captains, Lord Clonfert, a pleasure-seeking dilettante, and Captain Corbett, whose severity pushes his crew to the verge of mutiny.

    Lawrence says: "Great Reader"
    "Great account of a short naval campaign"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this installment of the Aubrey-Maturin series. Once you get in to the novel it's a very interesting blow by blow of a relatively short naval campaign to gain the Mauritius Islands for Britain. I've read several works which address pitched fleet actions in the era, but chronacles of naval campaigns such as this one are more rare. Aubrey and Maturin have to deal with naval and land combat, as well as intelligence concerns, while dealing at the same time from issues caused by other British officers. I highly enjoyed this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Post Captain: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (414)

    The Peace of Amiens has left Jack Aubrey with no ship, no enemy to pursue, and no possibility of prize money to supplement his meager income. His decision to seek refuge from his troubles, and creditors, in France proves doubly disastrous.

    A. F. Latronica III says: "A fair shake"
    "Not my favorite book in the series, but still good"
    Overall

    It would have been hard to match the sea battles and action of Master and Commander. I'm not a huge fan of Jane Austin type writing, so the beginning of the book, with it's emphasis on courtship and social life, felt a bit slow...but the relationships created are of great importance later in the series. The novel is great though at showing what a roller coaster ride the career of a naval officer can be. Aubrey, riding so high in the previous book, has a series of dramitic ups and downs. For those who favor naval action, the later part of the book does not disappoint, with a suspense-filled cutting-out expedition and a a creditable, though brief account of a fleet action.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (2066)
    Performance
    (963)
    Story
    (955)

    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"
    "Captures the Period of the Era Well"
    Overall

    I'm on book 18 of this series now and have decided to review what I've listened to so far. In the first hour or so I didn't think I'd like this book. It seemed to start slow and the older-sounding reader wasn't what I visualized as the voice of the young, adventurous captain (commander). After the characters got to sea though everything fell into place. Patrick Tull turned-out to be an excellent narator...he is great at giving unique voices for the different characters. The action starts flowing thick and fast, and Dr. Matruin is a great stand-in for the reader who is not a naval expert. Explanations given to the doctor help you understand a lot more of what is going-on...though it's still nice to have wikipedia handy to look-up terms. If you are interested in naval combat in the age of sail/napoleonic age then this book is a must have. What I especially like about this series is that it shows the imperfections of the characters and the age and doesn't just draw a black and white heroic epic. The only negatives I have on this book is that (1) it starts a bit slow and (2) you really need to go beyond the first book to really appreciate the characters and the story. All in all, this is a great book for those who love war at sea in the age of sail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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