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Aidan

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  • The Commodore: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (122)

    After a dangerous tour of duty in the Great South Sea, Jack and Stephen finally return to their families in England. For Jack, the return is joyful, but for Stephen, it is heartbreaking. His wife, Diana, has left for parts unknown; his young daughter has all the symptoms of autism. To escape these painful circumstances, Stephen joins Jack on a bizarre decoy mission to the lagoons of the Gulf of Guinea.

    Jonathan says: "Patrick Tull is a master"
    "Another Classic"
    Overall

    A little more historical fact in this one, but has a blast of good news for Jack. See a side of Stephen re his daughter that make for a very warming read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vanished

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (821)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (318)

    Nick Heller is tough, smart, and stubborn. And in his line of work, it's essential. Trained in the Special Forces, Nick is a high-powered intelligence investigator - exposing secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden. He's a guy you don't want to mess with. He's also the man you call when you need a problem fixed. Desperate, with nowhere else to run, Nick's nephew, Gabe makes that call one night.

    Earl says: "Excellent weaving and unexpected"
    "Poor to say the least..."
    Overall

    I just got done listening to the masterful and superbly narrated Rain Gods by James Lee Burke and I know that is a very hard act to follow but this really was awful. The writing and the annoying narrator.

    I was actually a fan of Finder and thought that his earlier books were pretty good. They were both witty and interesting. I feel as though the target audience is in the 10 year old range for this latest book. I also feel that he got a little Grisham "Street Lawyer" esq. in using the medium to vent, in this case about the horrors of tortue, extraordinary rendition and Haliburton and all the rest of it. I'm listening to a novel not CNN or NYT. Also was extremely tired of the incessant name dropping of current gadgets. Do I really need to know that the little wimp had white headphones on from his iPod and on and on and on...

    I wouldn't waste your time or credits on this.

    Sorry Mr. Finder - go back to writing about business from the inside/first person and leave the special forces tough guy stuff to the others. There is only one Mitch Rap and this guy was a wimp.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Blue at the Mizzen: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (119)

    With his swashbuckling adventures, best-selling novelist Patrick O'Brian transports you to the high seas of old, where privateers lurk in the mist, and great ships fight to control the waterways. Blue at the Mizzen hoists the excitement to new heights as British frigate commander Jack Aubrey stakes everything on a desperate raid against the mighty Spanish fleet. Ever since Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo, Captain Aubrey's prospects in the new peacetime navy have looked dim.

    Aidan says: "Sorry that it is over!"
    "Sorry that it is over!"
    Overall

    I have just spent the last 2 years listening to the 20 books in this series. It has been superb. This book does not disappoint, and for those that have followed the story I'm sure you'll shed a tear at the end. I shall miss very much Aubrey, Maturin and Patrick Tull. It has been a wonderful adventure and worth every minute.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Letter of Marque: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (149)

    In The Letter of Marque, Jack is once again aboard his beloved Surprise but stripped of his post captaincy for a crime he did not commit. Bought by Stephen, the Surprise has become a privateer. Sailing into French waters, the two concoct a desperate mission which, if successful, may redeem Aubrey from his state of disgrace.

    Farlow says: "Two Patricks"
    "Refreshing"
    Overall

    I have listened to all of the Aubrey/Maturin series and this one was one of the very best. Jack being released from the RN seems to have been a great release for O'Brien also. He takes the liberty of straying a little from the confines of the Royal Navy's diabolical treatment of one of their best commanders and tells a thumping good story. Tull, also appears to 'enjoy' reading this one a bit more as his performance is reverting. I loved this one and i am sure you will too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Reverse of the Medal: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (144)

    Jack Aubrey is back in London after a successful mission. On the advice of an acquaintance he uses the time to invest some of his prize money. However when the investments link him to London's powerful criminal element and land him in jail it looks as if he has lost his post captaincy and the H.M.S. Surprise. It is once again up to ship's surgeon and covert agent Stephen Maturin to rescue his hapless friend.

    Jonathan says: "Most Moving"
    "a Close One"
    Overall

    This book follows the rest of the series in it's general make up and story line, and for the first time i felt a wee bit of boredom creep into my listening. UNTIL the last 3 hours! Masterful story telling that literally brought me to tears. Stick with this one it has an electric ending that made me instantly buy the next one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Far Side of the World: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (160)

    The South Seas are a paradise for battle-weary Captain Jack Aubrey and ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin. But their peace is disturbed when Stephen's fancy for a peculiar marine organism lands him overboard. Acting in his usual headstrong fashion, Jack dives into the rescue, unfortunately failing to plan what will happen once they are both in the water watching the sails of the Surprise disappear in the mist.

    NMPsy says: "The Far Side of the World ( Unabridged)"
    "good but predictable"
    Overall

    I nearly gave this 4 stars but for the abruptness of the ending. It was another excellent performace by Patrick Tull though. I thought the book lacked an action or two and at times i lost interest. I found the story began to mingle with the last couple of books in this series and I, like O'Brien, seem to be running out of patience. You eagerly listen to hour after hour of superb narration anticipating a good solid action or a point where the Royal Navy reasserts its dominance and you hear.."The End". You eagerly rush to the next book in the hopes that you will find out what happened and you are left wanting, as your characters are 'back in London.' Where Jack will, no doubt, get screwed over by the Navy and Stephen will save the day after an interview with an old friend. Like I said predictable but I am sure I will move on now to number 11!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (286)

    At the opening of his third novel in an ongoing adventure series by Patrick O'Brian, Jack Aubrey is cruising off Cape Sicie when his friend Stephen Maturin (more serenely situated in Sussex) is informed of the Board's decision regarding Aubrey's prize money, taken after victorious engagement with a Spanish squadron at Cape Santa Maria. The money, five million pieces of eight, is not, as is the custom of war, to be divided among the crews of the four victorious vessels.

    Bob says: "A pleasure to listen to"
    "BRILLIANT"
    Overall

    Superb, read it and read it again.

    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
    (458)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (197)

    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"
    "Very Disapointing"
    Overall

    The name Desolation was very well choosen and i wonder if O'Brien choose it knowingly! Having feasted on the other 4 books I was exciting to get stuck into this one. Sadley, it was woefully lacking, packed full of depressing failures and bad luck that actually became predictable towards the latter part of the book. As an ex RN sailor I should be little more forgiving of his use of our terminology, however in this book it felt like it was used more as a camouflage to a weak story Skip this one and hopefully number 6 will rescue the series. This book broke the spell of the O'Brien books for me.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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