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Blue at the Mizzen | [Patrick O'Brian]

Blue at the Mizzen

Napoleon has been defeated at Waterloo, but the ensuing peace becomes ugly for Captain Jack Aubrey, with violent celebrations of the English sailors in Gibraltar and the desertion of nearly half his crew. To cap it all off, the Surprise is nearly sunk in a shattering night collision on the first leg of her journey to South America, where Jack and Stephen are to help Chile assert her independence from Spain.
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Publisher's Summary

Napoleon has been defeated at Waterloo, but the ensuing peace becomes ugly for Captain Jack Aubrey, with violent celebrations of the English sailors in Gibraltar and the desertion of nearly half his crew. To cap it all off, the Surprise is nearly sunk in a shattering night collision on the first leg of her journey to South America, where Jack and Stephen are to help Chile assert her independence from Spain.

The delay for repairs reaps a harvest of strange consequences, and then the South American expedition is a desperate affair, starting with near disaster in the ice-choked seas far south of the Horn. In the end, Jack, again the daring frigate commander of old, stakes all on a desperate solo night raid against the might of the Spanish viceroy in Peru.

Raise anchor! Don't miss the rest of the Aubrey/Maturin series.

©1999 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[O'Brian is] better than anybody at historical fiction...as able and graceful with the English language as a writer can be." (Denver Post) "O'Brian is not that hard a taste to acquire, but he is very tough to shake....[The Aubrey-Maturin series] is a great work." (Boston Globe)
"The book contains the usual splendid blend of nautical detail and political intrigue, savage battles and naturalists' musing, all ratified by O'Brian's seemingly effortless ability to deploy the vocabulary and idioms of the time." (New Yorker)

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    Nancy Rigby, ID, United States 12-06-11
    Nancy Rigby, ID, United States 12-06-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Read this Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the entire series, read by Simon Vance, to anyone who desires:
    1. A good series of stories - not one less than the other
    2. Characters you'd know if you met on the street
    3. Characters you learn to love, and the others you learn to understand
    4. Stories that educate re: history, natural philosophy, and human nature, painlessly
    5. Characters you want to emulate - no more


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Two, no, three - wait a minute, there were four. Uh oh - I loved them all


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The series is rife with humorous exchanges between Jack Aubrey and his best friend Stephen Maturine - all will leave you grinning and make you want to be a better friend yourself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes - I laughed and cried. Only extreme reaction is sorrow when the series ended.


    Any additional comments?

    Patrick O'Brian was a genius
    Simon Vance is the best narrator on the planet

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Suwanee, GA, United States 02-20-13
    Brad Suwanee, GA, United States 02-20-13
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    "Patrick O'Brian, best historical fiction writer"
    Where does Blue at the Mizzen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've read and listened to a lot of historical fiction. Patrick O'Brian is the best. Nigel Tranter is also in my top 5 historical fiction authors. Simon Vance is a good narrator, the one I prefer, but he should have used a more Irish accent for Stephen M, and Simon Vance's portrayal of Stephen is a bit effeminate.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blue at the Mizzen?

    Cutting out the Peruvian frigate Esmeralda.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Captain Aubrey


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The loyal to Captain Aubrey during the cutting out the Peruvian frigate Esmeralda.


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    Robert Amesbury, MA, United States 01-12-11
    Robert Amesbury, MA, United States 01-12-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A sailor's view"

    Outstanding, far and away the best historical fiction author of our time. Rich in detail as it is in the tale. Simon Vance is wonderful in his full and rich narrative.

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