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Master and Commander Audiobook

Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Let more academic folk reach for Moby Dick; I'll take the Aubrey / Maturin series every time. The first of what has been called "the best [series of] historical novels ever written", Master and Commander has everything a good adventure story needs: well-drawn characters, a unique backdrop, and rousing action. And in Patrick Tull, it has the perfect narrator - the voice of an old sea dog who enjoys nothing more than sharing a well-told tale. —Ed Walloga

Publisher's Summary

This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, 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 road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

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

©1984 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC.

What the Critics Say

"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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    Stephen Livingston, TX, USA 12-06-09
    Stephen Livingston, TX, USA 12-06-09
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    "Master and Commander"

    Very well done by Patrick Tull

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    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 12-05-09
    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 12-05-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Story and History"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the reader's style with the different voices. It was exciting and the details of life in those times was fascinating. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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    Todd I. Ehrlich 10-13-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Story - Hard to follow"

    I liked the story and the characters, but I had a hard time keeping track of who was who, especially in the longer conversations. The voices weren't distinct enough.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rgjenks 08-26-08
    Rgjenks 08-26-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Didn't finish"

    I listen to a lot of books during my commute to and from work, 60 min each way. I enjoy many types, mysteries, sci fi, I just could not get in to this one. I think it requires too much concentration to follow and I just could not commit. The terms are unknown, and if you miss a definition you must go back. On at least 3 occasions I thought my ipod had skipped as I was totally lost. I gave up.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    05-21-08
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    "The beginning of an adventure"

    A wonderful and exciting adventure narrated to perfection by Patrick Tull. Now when I read the Aubrey/Maturin books, I hear Patrick Tull in my mind. He truly brings these stories to life.

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    Ryan Volo, IL, USA 04-17-08
    Ryan Volo, IL, USA 04-17-08
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    "very good"

    Not the best book ever, but certainly very good. I recommend this book to anyone with just the slightest interest in ships, war, or history.

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    Monica 06-27-07
    Monica 06-27-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Stunning, amazing, the best"

    This book and the rest in the series are just wonderful--lively characters and action, rich with historical and naval detail, and beautifully and wittily written. Patrick Tull's reading takes the experience to an even higher level. It was hearing Master and Commander that got me hooked on audio books for life. Even if you think naval/adventure novels are not for you (I certainly thought so), give this a try. You may fall in love.

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    Christopher Fairfield, PA, USA 10-12-06
    Christopher Fairfield, PA, USA 10-12-06
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    "Excellent"

    This is an excellent rendering of Master and Commander. The Narrator brings the novel alive and brings out aspects of the book that I missed when I read it. I highly recommend this book.

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    Robert Goldston 08-09-06 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Series, Great Reader"

    I couldn't recommend this series of books more highly. Patrick O'Brian combines a masterly knowledge of the Royal Navy of Nelson's time with a sensitive and witty understanding of human nature. It makes you wonder how any novelist can plumb human character and circumstance in less than a few thousand pages.
    I read the full series of books, and have now listened to the full series of audiobooks - with great pleasure in both cases. Patrick Tull does a masterly job with meaning, accents of all kinds, and Patrick O'Brians dry humor. Truly a masterpiece.

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    Amanda Waynesboro, TN, United States 08-07-05
    Amanda Waynesboro, TN, United States 08-07-05
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    "This series is why I joined Audible"

    So I could find these audiobooks easily and a bit less expensively than buying each at retail.

    I started reading/hearing these almost at random, this, the first, was maybe the fifth I'd heard. And I do love them. They are a bit like Jane Austen--with weather and music and often terrible food substituting for houses and gardens of her books. I didn't realize quite how much until I reread/heard one of her books.

    But I think the series gets better!

    It's not at all like the movie. Peter Weir, the director, made a point of saying that he wanted it all to take place at sea, and he had a whole shelf of the books, with post-it notes everywhere, so there are obviously bits from a great many of the books. So the movie has them in the Surprise, not the Sophie. Jack has already met the human Sophie, etc, has presumably been promoted to post captain.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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