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Debbie in Plano

Plano, TX United States | Listener Since 2005

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  • Post Captain: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (184)

    Post Captain is the second novel in Patrick O'Brian's beloved adventure series. In 1803 Napoleon smashes the Peace of Amiens, and Captain Jack Aubrey, Royal Navy, taking refuge in France from his creditors, is interned. He escapes from France, from debtors' prison, from a possible mutiny, and pursues his quarry straight into the mouth of a French-held-harbor.

    Joel says: "Good story, but better narrator available."
    "Narrator preference"
    Overall

    I have to agree that it is a matter of preference between the two narrators. Based on the two other reviews, I listened to some samples of Patrick Tull reading Patrick O'Brian's books. To me, he sounded good, but not "right", probably because I had already listened to Master and Commander read by Simon Vance (Blackstone Audiobooks). If you haven't heard a whole book by either one, you might want to listen to several samples by both and see which one you prefer.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (277)

    This, the first in the series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., 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.

    Lisa says: "Surprised that I loved it!"
    "Fabulous series, great narrator, parental caution"
    Overall

    I have just finished this series and the only bad thing that I have to say about it is that I have just finished this series. Oh, I wish it weren't over!

    First a comment about narrators: Unabridged versions of this book are available from Blackstone Audio with Simon Vance narrating and from Recorded Books with Patrick Tull narrating. As of this writing, Recorded Books has released the entire series whereas Blackstone Audio has only released 12 of the books. However, they are planning on releasing a new book approximately every other month, so it shouldn’t be that long before they will also have the entire series available. Patrick Tull has a strong following and having listened to many of his books, I can see why. However, I have also enjoyed Simon Vance’s readings immensely. I personally prefer Vance’s readings over Tull’s as I think more of the dry humor comes through. I strongly encourage you to listen to samples of both from several of the books in the series and go with the one that suits you best.

    Plenty has been written about the characters, plots, etc., so I just want to say that I’m a “chick” and I loved this series, and I also want to add comments from a parent’s perspective.

    I finally got around to seeing the movie about a year and a half ago and felt that the movie was suitable for my elementary-aged children (with supervision). Unfortunately for my children, while the adult themes in the movie will go over their heads and I will let them watch it, the adult themes in the books will not. There is strong profanity, extreme drunkenness, prostitution, adultery, homosexuality, bestiality, and rather straightforward talk about sex. None of it is gratuitous or unnecessarily graphic, but it is too much for children. I’m guessing 16 is probably the youngest at which I would be comfortable with them reading this series, but that is only a guess as my children have a way to go before then.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (381)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (164)

    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"
    "Great novel, wonderful narration!"
    Overall

    I personally have enjoyed Simon Vance's narration of the Aubrey/Maturin series a great deal; I think he capture's the books tone beautifully! I listened to another sample of Tull's narration and it just sounds all _wrong_ to me. Nothing against Tull, I think it's just personal preference. If you haven't heard either, than I strongly recommend that you listen to samples from both before making a decision.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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