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©1984 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC.
"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)
A favorite series of mine for years, now every time I read one of the books I will hear the characters in my head as voiced so perfectly by Patrick Tull.
The quality of the reading brought the story to life. I don't think it would have been the same if I had read the print copy alone.
I have not comparable book to recommend.
No, this is the first
A rollicking good tale of the sea and friendship.
Right at the top.Very interesting and very well presented
The narration of this exciting story is top rate..he even makes casual conversation interesting,and brings the story to life.This is a very good book and I recommmend it to anyone that likes a good adventure
Yes, 100%. Master and Commander begins a great adventure that takes most people years to complete -- what joy!
Maturin, but he does all so well it's hard to choose. I've read this whole series in print numerous times, and I'm finding them a wonderful new adventure because of Tull's perfect interpretation.
Aubrey and Maturin. Their personalities are so well developed and portrayed -- sets up the rest of the series exceptionally well. Bet you can't read just one. . .
I had tried to read this book some years ago and it just seemed to move to slowly. I never got very far. I love this genre and when this was on sale I thought I'd try it. This narrator is most expressive and brings the characters to life. I thoroughly enjoyed his read and have already ordered book 2 before this one is finished. I only gave 4 stars because I think Alexander Kent is a 5.
I'm two hours in and have heard the narrator - recorded in the 1980s - swallow painfully and at improbable length more times than in all 60+ Audible titles combined which I have heard thus far.
I'm on book 18 of this series now and have decided to review what I've listened to so far. In the first hour or so I didn't think I'd like this book. It seemed to start slow and the older-sounding reader wasn't what I visualized as the voice of the young, adventurous captain (commander). After the characters got to sea though everything fell into place. Patrick Tull turned-out to be an excellent narator...he is great at giving unique voices for the different characters. The action starts flowing thick and fast, and Dr. Matruin is a great stand-in for the reader who is not a naval expert. Explanations given to the doctor help you understand a lot more of what is going-on...though it's still nice to have wikipedia handy to look-up terms. If you are interested in naval combat in the age of sail/napoleonic age then this book is a must have. What I especially like about this series is that it shows the imperfections of the characters and the age and doesn't just draw a black and white heroic epic. The only negatives I have on this book is that (1) it starts a bit slow and (2) you really need to go beyond the first book to really appreciate the characters and the story. All in all, this is a great book for those who love war at sea in the age of sail.
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