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.
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©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)
Far. Too. Slow.
I absolutely love the Aubrey/Maturin novels, and am in the process of re-"reading" them via Audible during my commute. It's been 5+ years since I originally read the series, and I have really enjoyed reliving these stories. I listened to the first 2 books via Simon Vance's narration, and I have to say Mr. Tull's snail-like pace was a bit annoying. I found myself speeding things up to 1.25x just to keep it bearable, but his reading style of long pauses between bursts of dialogue made it difficult to understand.
After making it about halfway thru the book I began to adjust to his style somewhat. However, I will be going back to Mr. Vance for book 4. I know many seem to prefer Tull, but I really don't care for slow paced narration in general. Too many long and inappropriate pauses between phrases, etc. Mr. Vance's more efficient reading was much more to my liking.
I have listened to all of the series and heard both narrators over 3 times through. I enjoyed this one the most. Such highs and lows, action and friendship, sea and land. I also liked Patrick Tull far more than the other. It felt like a performance rather than a narration.
In the third of the series, O'Brian extends his his reach both literarily and geographically as he greatly deepens his characters and sends Aubrey, Maturin, and the SURPRISE further from previous voyages. Intrigue, romance, epic battles with enemies and the sea itself are all part of he loadout in this excellent work. There's not a moment to lose!
The story is good, the reading is excellent and the characters feel truly alive. The descriptions and dialogue makes the story an epic adventure of day to day life and the events that stand out.
The story and performance puts me in the poop deck. A love the slight of hand humor, the explosive action and the psychological study of the characters...all of them!
Believe me when I say you'll enjoy every thing in this book and in this series. And Patrick Tull is such a great reader , they don't get any better than this reader writer combo....you'll not believe the research that went into these books history , geography,
Medicine, politics, what ever he writes about is excellent,,,,Paul T.
I am so thrilled to have found this series by chance. It is far from my normal reading habits. This third book takes you on an exciting journey around the world. It was clear in previous books that Aubrey and Maturin were good friends, but this book develops that friendship and shows how incredibly deep it has become. I thought by now that the ship fights would get old, but O'Brian manages to keep them fresh. Surprisingly, I find I actually look forward to them. Tull does another amazing job reading this book. With the various accents and the way he takes his time, pausing in all the right places, this book was a joy to listen to!
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