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Most Addictive: The Aubrey/Maturin Series

The books in Patrick O'Brien's Aubrey/Maturin series are set during the Napoleonic Wars and center on the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and Stephen Maturin, the ship's surgeon and an intelligence agent. In 1991, a New York Times Book Review cover story declared the books "the best historical novels ever written".


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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
    (1968)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (869)

    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"
  • Post Captain: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (801)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (373)

    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"
  • H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (326)

    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"
  • The Mauritius Command: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (255)

    Lucky Jack Aubrey escapes the burdens of domesticity when he is appointed to the post of Admiral for an expedition to the coast of Madagascar where French frigates are threatening one of England's valued trade routes.

    Constance says: "Twists Turns and A Great Story"
  • Desolation Island: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (220)

    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"
  • The Fortune of War: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (205)

    The H.M.S. Leopard pulled into the bay of Pulo Batang looking more like a shabby merchant ship that a man-of-war. The crew had endured a calamitous voyage plagued by gaol-fever, pursued by the Dutch Waakzaamheid, and struck by an iceberg. Suffice it to say, Jack Aubrey was ready for home.

    Amazon Customer says: "Alternative Entry Point"
  • The Surgeon's Mate: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (197)

    Jack Aubrey, Post Captain in the British Royal Navy, is suffused with happiness. The Shannon's engagement with the U.S. Chesapeake off the New England coast has resulted in victory, just another in a long string of them for Aubrey, nicknamed Lucky Jack for his tendency to win big. But Jack is less sure-footed by land than by sea.

    Paul says: "surgeon"
  • The Ionian Mission: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (198)

    Shoved into a temporary command in "that rotten old Worcester," Aubrey is off to the Mediterranean to join the Royal Navy's blockade of the French port of Toulon, where he will be dispatched by Admiral Harte (unfortunately the same Admiral Harte he cuckolded years ago) on a secret mission that promises to embroil Aubrey in political conflict. His friend Stephen's help notwithstanding, Aubrey faces some of the choppiest waters of his career.

    Jonathan says: "The Ionian Mission"
  • Treason's Harbour: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (185)

    The espionage activities of cunning ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin have kept him at odds with the most important French agent in the Mediterranean, Lesueur, a man with a long memory and a taste for revenge. When that revenge takes the shape of the delicate and distracting Mrs. Fielding, who also attracts the ever-wandering eye of Jack Aubrey, Stephen's sensibilities are severely tested.

    Constance says: "Every book gets better"
  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (188)

    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.

    Jean says: "The Far side of the World"
  • 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
    (365)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (168)

    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"
  • The Letter of Marque: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (172)

    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"
  • The Thirteen-Gun Salute: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (181)

    Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin set sail aboard the Diane for the South China Sea, shepherding a diplomatic mission to prevent links between Bonaparte and the Malay princes. If their mission fails, English merchant shipping in the area will be threatened. At the barbaric court of Pulo Prabang, the stage is set for a duel of intelligence agents, pitting the savage cunning of Stephen Maturin against the French envoys, who are already entrenched in the Sultan's favor.

    Justin says: "Perhaps the best one I've heard"
  • The Nutmeg of Consolation: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (169)

    When last seen, Jack and Stephen had been shipwrecked on a desert island in the glittering South China Sea. The Nutmeg of Consolation opens as the castaways fashion a makeshift vessel from the wreckage, only to have it destroyed in a fiery attack by Malay pirates. Only the wondrous ingenuity of Stephen, along with the unexpected appearance of one of Jack's oldest allies, leads them to escape, and to dubious safety in a penal colony at New South Wales.

    Jean says: "The Nutmeg"
  • The Truelove: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (150)

    A British whaler has been captured by an ambitious chief in the Friendly Isles, and Captain Jack Aubrey is dispatched to restore order. But Jack must first contend with an escaped convict who has stowed away on the Surprise, an attractive female convict who is driving the crew to awkward courtliness and dangerous jealousies.

    Dennis says: "We all seek Truelove, some find some not"
  • The Wine-Dark Sea: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (147)

    At the outset of this adventure, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin pursue a heavy American privateer through the Great South Sea. Their ship, the Surprise, is now also a privateer, the better to escape diplomatic complications from Stephen's mission, which is to ignite the revolutionary tinder of South America.

    Margaret says: "Patrick Tull is the only narrator to choose"
  • The Commodore: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (139)

    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"
  • The Yellow Admiral: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (140)

    While surviving life-threatening adventures at sea, Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin find life on land to be even more perilous. Aubrey has dimmed his prospects of an admiralty by his erratic voting in Parliament. He is on even worse terms with his wife, Sophie, when his mother-in-law ferrets out a trove of old personal letters. Fortunately, Maturin brings news that the Chileans need the two seafaring friends to train their navy.

    Constance says: "It's an Addiction"
  • The Hundred Days: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (141)

    Patrick O'Brian transports you to the high seas of the Napoleonic era when the French demagogue is making a desperate attempt to control the European world. While Napoleon pursues the British across Europe, rumors fly about him forging a secret link with the forces of Islam. Soon an ominous horde of Muslim mercenaries gather.

    Bearwife says: "Another fabulous installment"
  • Blue at the Mizzen: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (138)

    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!"
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