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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Superb, read it and read it again.
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.
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