Blue at the Mizzen ended with Jack Aubrey getting the news of his elevation to flag rank: Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron, with orders to sail to South Africa. The next novel, never completed, would have been the chronicle of that mission and much else besides. The three chapters left on O'Brian's desk at the time of his death are presented here. Though tantalizingly incomplete, these pages prove that O'Brian's humor, powers of observation, and understanding of his characters were undiminished to the end.
©2004 The Estate of Patrick O'Brian; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio
finish it. bring in a new author as was done with 007 series and continue the books
not Patrick Tull
Unfinished, Rough, but still a 'must have" to complete the series.
I was told prior to beginning this series that "Fortunate is the reader that is beginning this journey for the first time". I can not agree more. I started the first book back in July of 2010 and listened to them all back to back for 6 months finishing in Jan 2011.
Initially I was just listening on my commutes twice a day but was so drawn in to the story I was listening on the weekends as well, whenever I had the spare time. I also ended up buying 2 companion books just to look things up and get a better view of the World inhabited by Captain Jack and Stephen.
This book is not really needed to finish the series as the first 20 do an excellent job and having Jack get his Flag at the end of book 20 is a fitting ending. But I found myself wanting more and just had to see where it went and having the book end mid sentence is like loosing a good friend.
This is a series I will listen to again, its just that good.
Only if you're as enthralled by this series as I was. It's sad and frustrating that it's so short but I can't fault the author for dying mid sentence. The foreword and afterword are nicely done and just manage to put a satisfying cap on the series.
If you have followed the entire series this a good way to decompress. The story quietly and pleasantly fades into the distant horizon with slack sails never more to be seen. If you have not been addicted to the characters and their many sea adventures this is not the book for you. You should start at the beginning of the series and listen to each one in the proper sequence. There were no new adventures in this final unfinished tale of the sea.
I have already started to listen to the "The Golden Ocean". This, I understand, is the earliest beginnings in the 1740's era that eventually fostered the main Aubrey/Maturin series.
I like Simon Vance's portrayal of all his characters because he made a distinct difference in vocal and national accents. I could always clearly understand who was talking what they were saying even when multiple characters were speaking at the same time. I have listened to the other readers and I like his acting the very best.
I mourn the author's premature demise. The book was too short; much beyond his control. He wrote right up to the point of his death.
I paid $7.95 and I think the price was too high for such a short unfinished book.
At this conclusion of the book 21 ending in mid sentenance and the prologe i found my self wondering if i could finish the book my self in my head. I realized the Mr. O'Brian's story telling is so far out of my legue that I coun't hold a candel to him.
So after all 21 books by Mr. O'Brain and listing to Mr. Simon Vance's voice, I was sad to finish them. All 21 and including the short book 21 are excelent reads! I recomend them to everyone who enjoys history and a great story line
I enjoyed Mr. Vance's narration so much that i started the "The girl with the dragon tatto" serries and he is just as amazing with the voices of each person as ever.
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