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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 and surgeon Stephen Maturin sail the Leopard to Australia with a hold full of convicts. Among them is a beautiful and dangerous spy - and a dangerous disease which decimates the crew.
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Publisher's Summary

Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend and surgeon Stephen Maturin sail the Leopard to Australia with a hold full of convicts. Among them is a beautiful and dangerous spy - and a dangerous disease which decimates the crew.

©1978 The Estate of the late Patrick O'Brian CBE (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Renita Castle Hill, NSW, Australia 09-26-14
    Renita Castle Hill, NSW, Australia 09-26-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Thrilling and masterfully narrated."
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main protagonists Jack and Steven are my favourites, often I thought: " That's Jack for you, he would say that" or when Steven says something particularly droll... I laugh out loud!
    Believable characters.


    Have you listened to any of Ric Jerrom’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Having listened to the previous 9 books and looking forward to a whole lot more, The combination of Patric O'Brian's work and Ric Jerrom's voicing makes this an great series to listen to.


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

    The thrilling chase by the dutch 74 gun ship, murderously on the tail of Capt. Aubrey's relatively smaller and slower ship, and the most heart racing outcome of that scene. I still see it clearly in my mind.


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  • I.F.Coyle
    Bolton, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "Another winner"

    Having read all these books (twice) over the years, I still find them endlessly fascinating, and Mr Jerrom's reading has added immensely to my enjoyment of them all.



    Desolation Island starts off slowly, as many in this series do, but builds to a clever, exciting (go on, I'll say it, "rip-roaring", but I'm drawing the line at swashbuckling!) climax with everything you could wish for in a sea-adventure: sea-chases, battles, plague, near-mutiny, a spectacular wreck on a desert island. All seen through the contrasting eyes of our two very different, but complementary heroes, Stephen Maturin and "Lucky" Jack Aubrey.

    Excellent...really didn't want it to end. I've already downloaded the next one. Why no "Mauritius Command" though?

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  • Kenneth Macaulay
    Hampshire, UK
    4/13/13
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    "Classy rendition."

    Patrick O'Brian's novels are dense, rich and evocative. This reading nicely encapsulates all of that and conveys a credible resonance to each of the principal characters. It was a great pleasure to listen to and I commend audibles efforts in bringing the Aubrey/Maturin novels to audiobook.

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  • Vincent
    Bexleyheath, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "Another good one!"

    This audio book carries on the good work of the others in the series. The ocean going life of Captain Jack continues when he is sent on a mission to Australia but he has to make a lengthy detour after his ship is damaged in action. Ric Jerrom does a great job of narrating and if you like the other books this will not disappoint. I look forward to listening to the next book.

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