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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 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.
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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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    J.R. Marietta, GA, USA 03-16-09
    J.R. Marietta, GA, USA 03-16-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Stopped half way (narrator issues)"

    With a two audio book a month habit, this is the first one I've had to put down. The fact that it "reads" more like a nautical dictionary than an adventure story, along with every character sounding nearly identical, made it very hard to follow what was going on... especially in traffic. This is also the first book where the narrator's breathing, swallowing, and other general mouth noises distracted from the story for me. The story itself had promise though, and I'll probably try again at some point with the other narrator.

    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    RedLfnt 05-29-07
    RedLfnt 05-29-07
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    "Boring zzzz"

    Based on the description of this book, I was excited about listening to descriptions of the Man of War ships and the battles that took place. However, the descriptions turned into seemingly endless conversations between a "landlubber" and various crew members that I kept tuning out after about 5 minutes. I think it was the style of writing and the narration. Maybe today's vernacular is too ingrained in me, but I just could not bear the combination of the narrator's British accent and the language from that period. I didn't do very well in English Lit in college and I would have failed a test on this book. This is the only book I have ever purchased (audio or written) that I didn't finish. I didn't even make it to the second part of the download and had to force myself to listen to the first 6 hours, thinking it would get better.

    I haven't seen the movie of the same name, but I can only hope that it was a VERY loose adaptation of this novel.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Floyd 08-10-06
    David Floyd 08-10-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Entertaining Story, Hard to Follow"

    Despite only understanding 80% of what was said I still enjoyed the story. It is very easy to get lost in the Old English Dialect and sailor speak but if you can hang in there the story it self is quite entertaining. The character development is some of the best I've seen. All in all a fun book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phil Plainwell, MI, USA 04-23-05
    Phil Plainwell, MI, USA 04-23-05
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    "A great read! (err, Ahh Listen I Mean)"

    I thought this was a great book. I read/listened to it after having seen the movie by the same name, although the similaritys are few. If you have seen the movie, it will not ruin the book for you. I started listening to the wrong portion of this book, and it was teribly confusing. I thought to myself, this author is rotten, there is no background on any of the characters, I have no idea why they are doing the things they are doing, or who is who. When I realized I had started int he middle of the book, and changed sections to listen to the first section I was much happier. (I was not quite used to listening on my new palm yet, much different than the MuVo better I would say.) At any rate, I was very pleased to find that there is a whole series of books about these characters. I intend to read/listen to all of them.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Tyler, TX, USA 01-15-05
    Paul Tyler, TX, USA 01-15-05
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    "ahoy"

    good book, if you like this sort of thing. good narration.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Dallas 03-06-04
    Joel Dallas 03-06-04 Member Since 2002

    I have listened to over 250 books in the last 10 years. I tend to listen to certain authors and try to read all their books. I listen while exercising and driving which makes the time past enjoyable.

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    "jbs"

    This is the first book of the series that I have read and I was very dissappointed. I listen to 2 books per month for the last couple of years and this is the most difficult and "boring" to get through. First the story moves very slowly without an overt plot. Second you need to know alot about the naval terms and condition of the time to understand a good portion of the story. Probably , if you read the book it is easier to understand. I have not seen the movie, but in its previews it picture alot more action than this audiobook invisions to the reader.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph T. Busfield Philadelphia, PA 02-11-04
    Joseph T. Busfield Philadelphia, PA 02-11-04 Member Since 2007
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    "Longwinded and at times, vulgar"

    One of the few Audible selections not completed. Found myself dozing as I drove listening to this long-winded, disconnected tale. Not a movie buff, but must suspect the movie had to do better to be so popular.

    5 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Louisville, KY, USA 03-20-10
    Jennifer Louisville, KY, USA 03-20-10 Member Since 2009
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    "How did this book get such high ratings?"

    I couldn't finish this book. The constant smacking, mouth sounds from the reader drove me crazy! The story was boring and full of nautical jargon that meant nothing to a landlubber. Maybe I could have gotten into it if it weren't for the reader, I'll never know and I'll never go back and finish this book.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Lake Elsinore, CA, USA 08-11-04
    Keith Lake Elsinore, CA, USA 08-11-04 Member Since 2001
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    "Insomniacs should listen..."

    The one star rating is a gift by virtue that the review process here does not allow zero stars. This audio title should come with the following warning: "Do not listen to this book while driving or operating heavy machinery" and "Will cause drowsiness".

    The descriptive nature of this novel was very good, however, I found it a real snoozer. It seemed that the main characters spent more time on deck drinking tea and watching the slow progress of the ship(s) chasing them than actually doing battle. The Proper British manner oozes from every word in this novel, yawn. Time for a nap.

    6 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Decatur, TX, United States 11-30-11
    Matthew Decatur, TX, United States 11-30-11
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    "Curses like a sailor"

    I'll give it credit for historical accuracy, but little else. I listened to the first three hours before giving up on it. The book is tedious and technical in descriptions of nautical topics. There is a lot of vulgarity, and I mean a lot. I quit after the second "F-bomb". It also references such things as "sodomy with a goat". I was hoping for a naval adventure and was sorely disappointed.

    A word on the recording: it is from 1991 and sounds like it was on a cassette tape. The narrator isn't bad, but it is difficult to keep up with the many different characters and their accents.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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