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Desolation Island: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 5 | [Patrick O'Brian]

Desolation Island: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 5

Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend, surgeon Stephen Maturin, sail the Leopard to Australia with a hold full of convicts. Among them is a beautiful and dangerous spy and a treacherous disease that decimates the crew. With a Dutch man-of-war to windward, the undermanned, outgunned Leopard sails for her life into the freezing waters of the Antarctic, where, in mountainous seas, the Dutchman closes in.
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Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend, surgeon Stephen Maturin, sail the Leopard to Australia with a hold full of convicts. Among them is a beautiful and dangerous spy and a treacherous disease that decimates the crew. With a Dutch man-of-war to windward, the undermanned, outgunned Leopard sails for her life into the freezing waters of the Antarctic, where, in mountainous seas, the Dutchman closes in.

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©1978 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Robert A. Boyce New York 08-27-10
    Robert A. Boyce New York 08-27-10 Member Since 2009

    ipod newbie

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    "Terrific Narration"

    I must disagree with those who were not charmed by Vance's narration. I have listened to about a dozen audiobooks and some narrations are execrable and exhibit a monotonous sing-song pattern. Vance seems to have an endless repertoire of dialects for both male and female characters. His one voice appears to have a cast of thousands. And his tone has added to my understanding of the characters. The contrast between the two friends has never been clearer; the captain who is naive on land but absolutely expert and in control while at sea but always with an edge of foolish pomposity. I tried to read the first book in this series many years ago and, try as I might, could not get lost in the story. However, the narration of this audiobook has made a believer out of me and I now look forward to devouring every entry in this nautical epic.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Richard C. Dewey Missoula, Montana 11-12-04
    Richard C. Dewey Missoula, Montana 11-12-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Desolation Island"

    Patrick O'Brian is one of the finest writers of the 20th century and this is one of his best chapters in the Aubrey-Maturin series. His prose and Patrick Tull's mastery of high Irish, dockyard English, and the workings of sailing ships and Nelson's navy give you a front row seat to the thrills and dangers of the high seas during Napeoleon's domination af Europe. You won't find a better read. Intoxicating!!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Evelyn lawrence, KS, United States 11-05-12
    Evelyn lawrence, KS, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Not up to snuff"

    In this book, O'Brian feels like he's losing steam and enthusiasm for the series. The plot really seems to go nowhere fast. At the end, I wondered why he, and I, bothered! I'm not sure now whether I'll go on to read subsequent books in this series.

    For one thing, I am not sure how entertaining it will be to watch the characters age out - at the rate that O'Brian is aging them between books, they'll be true geezers by the end of the series, if they can even make it that long!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Kyle, TX, USA 11-12-04
    Matthew Kyle, TX, USA 11-12-04
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    "One of the most exciting"

    Definitely one of the most exciting of the Aubrey/Maturin books

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "Wonderful Book and fantastic narration."

    These books are classics and Mr Vance's narration is perfect for me. He hits just the right pace I enjoy, and his voice is Patrick O'Brian to me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 01-09-13
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Jack and Steven are almost done for but Lucky Jack"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, alot of action and adventure including American spies


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both Jack and Steven are my favorite


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

    All of them were very well performed and Mr Vance did a great job with each


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I like the book title it fits the story


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to see if the Leopard makes it home in the next book

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    JoEllen Arnold Sacramento, CA United States 05-24-10
    JoEllen Arnold Sacramento, CA United States 05-24-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Buyer, Beware!!!!"

    This reading is by Simon Vance, a terrible reader! Do not make the mistake I did! Buy the version read by Patrick Tull!!!!!

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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