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Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1 | [Patrick O'Brian]

Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

This, the first in the series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging.
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This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

Don't miss the rest of the Aubrey/Maturin series.

©1970 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"The best historical novels ever written." (The New York Times Book Review)
"No writer alive can move one as O'Brian can; no one can make you laugh so loud with hilarity, whiten your knuckles with unbearable tension or choke with emotion. He is the master." (Irish Times)

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    Michael Trick Pittsburgh 08-29-04
    Michael Trick Pittsburgh 08-29-04 Member Since 2004

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    "Great series, wrong reader"

    Since Patrick Tull's reading of the entire 20 book series is available, that edition is, in my view, a much better choice. A matter of taste, of course, but Tull adds depth that I find missing with this reader.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Flagstaff, AZ, USA 02-07-09
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    "I'm so bored!"

    I am not hard to please when it comes to fiction...I like almost everything. But I am almost 4 hours into this book and find it so dull. There is so much detail about the boat, and not much plot. I keep waiting for something interesting to happen...I hope it does soon or I won't be able to finish it. I like to listen to books while I'm doing chores, but this one has BECOME a chore.

    5 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Kaye E Steeno New Braunfels, TX, US 12-26-09
    Kaye E Steeno New Braunfels, TX, US 12-26-09 Member Since 2004
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    "boring"

    I never got into it.

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    Jeff Middleburg, FL, United States 04-12-09
    Jeff Middleburg, FL, United States 04-12-09
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    "Boring"

    This was one of the worst audio books I've listened to in five years. Mostly pointless dialogue with almost no plot.

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