It will be a hard rub for Aubrey, who had counted on that money to clear his debts and make himself a suitable match, but no more hard than for Maturin who spends much of his free time at Mapes Court in the company of the lovely Sophia Williams, Aubrey's betrothed. How could Stephen deliver the news that would break Sophia's heart?
When Jack docks at Portsmouth, he is clapped in irons forthwith, and carried off to a sponging house for debtors. Jack knows a prisoner can rot in jail, so when Sir Joseph graciously offers him escape aboard the H.M.S. Surprise, bound for the East Indies, he makes for the only place where his unsteady virtue remains intact: the sea.
Don't miss the rest of the Aubrey/Maturin series.
©1973 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC
"O'Brian knows his history and sailing, as is evident in the rich particulars....Stretching its genre but never escaping it, the novel will impress those who enjoy swashbucklers." (Publishers Weekly)
I can't say how much I have enjoyed this book. O'Brien keeps the excitement going. There are peaks and troughs, fast paced action and slow times, but always entertaining. Anyone who has ever sailed in the trade winds, or even dreams about such a trip, will know that O'Brien captures it masterfully. I felt like I was back at sea and was nearly pulling my hair out to figure out how to get back out there!
Reading the O'Brian series is as good a time as I've had with any author, and better than most. And to hear Tull read them; why it does not get any better! Read them twice, listened to them 4 x!
The movie - well, it was a fine movie in itself, but did not do justice to O'brian's series.
HMS Surprise is my favourite, it has a bit of everything human, bittersweet and funny and dramatic and bright and black and tense and as relaxing as the breezes off the home of Testudo Aubreii.
I felt a real pang when book 21 abruptly ended; my first thought was that I'd better start writing to finish it up! Presumptious? Yes, but what better compliment for an author than to have someone else want to continue the journey. I daresay it will be viewed as close to heresy, however.
Read & listen to each & every one! Right now! I'm hooked well and good.
A truly wonderful story, populated with rich, characterizations and terrific background. I've listened to the first two in this series and in my estimation, this is the best. Great sea yarn along with some of the most interesting characters in fiction. I have heard that the quality of the stories drops off in the later books, but the first three will knock your socks off. HIGHLY and FIRMLY RECOMMENDED.
like all charming tarts, she's the source of many problems. the narration is excellent, as always. if you liked the first 2 books, you'll like this one, as others have noted. and, i finally caved in and looked up a diagram of the sails, and other parts of a ship so i would know what the heck they were always yelling about during a battle.
I have not listened to this book, but I have read the entire series. If you enjoyed the Hornblower books, you will love Aubry. The characters are excelent, the plots realistic and historicly accurate, and the whole series reaks ofthe sea. Master and Commander is one of the series, and I expect they all will eventually get the Hollywood treatment.
Todd W. Brown
So far, this is my least favorite offering. The first two have me invested enough to continue, but this just seemed to plod. A bit heavy on Stephen's journal entries and ruminations. Yes, there are some interesting moments, but for a book with such a good beginning simply faded for me and the middle had me almost putting the book down for good and actually skipping on to book 4 in hopes that it is better. Let's hope that it is.
Also, apparently Simon Vance's full length versions are gone. Switching to Mr. Tull is proving tedious for me. I will give it one more go, but I may abandon the series.
The narrator is awful. He splits the statement from identifier of the person speaking, so following a conversation is incredibly difficult. There's no real attempt to voice the characters differently and this combined with the first issue means you can never really tell who the heck is talking, except from the context of the conversation - which means you can't sit back and enjoy the story, because you're too busy trying to figure out who is saying what to who. Flaws I class as merely annoying: the narrator randomly draws out the final syllable of a random passage like a snake; inserting just random pauses; and finally he randomly emphasizes syllables.
It's hard to say if I enjoyed the story much, the narrator was so incredibly distracting. I merely wanted it to be over. I've already bought book 4 and will try it - but if this continues, I'll will simply wait until a new narrator is available. This version is excrutiating to listen to - avoid.
The first two books, read by Simon Vance, were terrific. I swaggered around the house shouting things like "Jib up the main top stunsail mast o'er the larboard beam reach and hoist the flagons, look lively!!!!" (which means absolutely nothing but so much fun!). This one, Book 3, by this reader, Patrick Tull--I just can't get through it. I've been trying for many months. The reader is quite strange--too hissy, melodramatic, stylized, and slow. Ugh. I think I'll have to skip this (or finish in hard copy, heaven forbid!) and move on to Book 4--back to Simon Vance :)
Yes! A terrific series.
Couldn't take the reader.
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