Don't miss the rest of the Aubrey/Maturin series.
©1978 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks
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.
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!!
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!
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.
Yes, alot of action and adventure including American spies
Both Jack and Steven are my favorite
All of them were very well performed and Mr Vance did a great job with each
I like the book title it fits the story
Look forward to see if the Leopard makes it home in the next book
This reading is by Simon Vance, a terrible reader! Do not make the mistake I did! Buy the version read by Patrick Tull!!!!!
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