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Post Captain: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2

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The Peace of Amiens has left Jack Aubrey with no ship, no enemy to pursue, and no possibility of prize money to supplement his meager income. His decision to seek refuge from his troubles, and creditors, in France proves doubly disastrous.

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

©1972 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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    scott GREENVILLE, SC, United States 12-22-14
    scott GREENVILLE, SC, United States 12-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book!"

    Loved it! I used to be in the US Navy. Makes me miss my navy days.

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    Robert Seth 04-17-14
    Robert Seth 04-17-14
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    "O'Brian meets Austen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Post Captain to be better than the print version?

    My opinion of this series has definitely been influenced by the fact that I have only listened to most of it. I read "Master and Commander" many years ago after hearing that these were wonderful books, and I couldn't understand what all the hype was about. It was a good book, but rather dry and full of detail to the point of being almost tedious. Then I started checking them out of the library on tape, and I was hooked. "Post Captain" is no exception.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Aubrey's character is given more depth here in "Post Captain" than perhaps he had in "Master and Commander," which is another way of saying that the difficult circumstances he encounters here cause him to grow. In this book he runs the gamut from the depths of despair to the heights of triumph and elation, and most everything in between at some point in the story. The reader gets a deeper glimpse into his character here, beyond the rather earthy yet undeniably heroic naval officer first portrayed in "Master and Commander." Not that he was simplistic in that earlier story, but here we see depths and nuances not previously encountered.


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Tull’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As many have pointed out before, some like Tull's style and others don't. I am unashamedly one who loves to listen to Patrick Tull. I few years ago I heard him narrating a PBS special on the civil war battle ship Maine, and I was instantly hooked and had to watch the whole thing. When I first started listening to the Aubrey/Maturin series, I did it through my local library and was thus forced to listen to whatever they happened to have available. The first reader I heard was Richard Brown, who I grew to quite like. Then Patrick Tull, who did not convince me at first. I skipped back and forth between these two for several more books of the series and decided I liked both of them, but maybe I liked Brown a little better. As time went on, and the recordings by Richard Brown were re-done and replaced by other narrators, I eventually heard Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin voiced through David Case--a reader I absolutely love for anything by Dickens--and Simon Vance as well. I have listened to Vance read other books, too, as I listen to a lot of audio books. By now, I have gone through the entire Aubrey/Maturin series several times, mostly listening to Patrick Tull. My conclusion is that Tull's mastery of these books and his perfection for this role he loved might not be immediately evident to the new listener, since this is what happened to me. And several listeners seem to have been baffled by his British accent, which is a common-enough occurrence with Americans unfamiliar with that dialect. I remember watching a British movie when I was a little kid and hardly being able to understand a word they were saying! However, I discovered British TV about three decades ago, and by now I barely notice the accent, it sounds so normal to me. The idea that Patrick Tull is "hard to understand" is something only someone unfamiliar with British speech could possibly say. His readings are extremely clear and easy to understand (if you are comfortable with an English accent), yet at the same time, full of character and emotion. By comparison, Simon Vance is unbearably bland, and that's what I don't like about his narration of this series, or in fact of anything I've heard him read--the latest was "The Elephant Whisperer," which was an interesting book, but Vance's stilted narration didn't help it. Whenever I listen to him saying the familiar words of the Aubrey-Maturin series, I am always forcibly reminded that he is reading a book to me. It is all at second-hand. His enunciation is so careful and--by comparison with other readers--impersonal. When I listen to Patrick Tull, I am immersed in the story and it is as if I was there. The characters come to life, each one distinct and sharply-defined from all others. Tull was great with the different voices, and I love his slight Irish lilt when he voiced Stephen Maturin, who was after all half Irish and spent some of his childhood in Ireland. Admittedly, this may not be accurate, since no one who sees Maturin or hears him speak has any idea that he is Irish. But it sure makes it easier to distinguish the characters when you are listening to them, and I personally love Tull's interpretation of him. It isn't a heavy or thick Irish accent, as he did with certain other Irish characters along the way. I think, though, that it probably comes down to a matter of personal taste in the end. I've listened to Simon Vance read other books, and at least so far, I just can't enjoy listening to him, no matter how much I've liked the book he was reading. It isn't only that I think he's wrong for the Aubrey/Maturin series; I simply don't enjoy the sound of his voice! I'm sure there must be people who feel the same way about Patrick Tull. Still, I would recommend that anyone who likes this series give Tull a good, long chance. Get familiar with him. It's definitely worth the effort.


    Who was the most memorable character of Post Captain and why?

    Jack Aubrey stands out--and after all, he is the title character, so that's only fitting. As always in this series, however, it is a duet, not a solo piece. Stephen Maturin also becomes more clearly defined as the story progresses. In some ways he is the more admirable character, exhibiting more restraint and self-denial than Jack, partly because he is innately more mature at this point in the series and sees more clearly what is happening, Repeatedly, he decides to put his own interests aside in favor of his loyalty to his friend Jack. Though he is front-and-center in many scenes, he plays second fiddle (or cello, as the case might be) to Jack in this story.


    Any additional comments?

    With its lengthy passages on land, involved in the manners of the English gentry and their courtly rituals, this book is perhaps the one of O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series which is most like Jane Austen's body of work. There are still sea-battles in plenty, as well as the intrigue of intelligence work, so don't think this is something like "Sense and Sensibility." As others have noted before me, the book actually feels like three books in one. The first part is the most Austen-like, as Jack and Stephen move ashore and take up fox hunting and visiting with the female neighbors. In the second part, everything goes sour, particularly for Jack. It is one of the darkest, gloomiest parts of the entire 20-book series. Finally, in the third part, as Jack's fortunes take a turn for the better, there is a light-hearted, humorous jubilation that makes a sharp contrast with the feeling of depression which preceded it. O'Brian's wit is evident throughout the story, sometimes blatantly expressed, as when Stephen comes aboard their ship with a bulky cello and a portable beehive, waving a narwhal's horn in one hand; to more subtle winks to the reader, as when the members of the dinner party on Jack's ship drunkenly sing of "Three Blind Mice," a reference by O'Brian to the three men who are stupidly pursuing the same woman, all of whom are in attendance at the dinner. While this is a really good book, in retrospect I think a person only comes to see these works in their proper light once they've read those that follow. I enjoyed "Post Captain" the first time I read it, but I like it so much better now that I've read the entire series. The Aubrey-Maturin chronicle really has nothing similar to it in modern literature, so it's hard for many people to get into, but it certain repays any effort involved.

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    Sally Z 03-13-14
    Sally Z 03-13-14
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    "Hurrah for Jack Aubrey!"
    If you could sum up Post Captain in three words, what would they be?

    Humor. Drama. History. 2nd in a seafaring series. Absolutely delightful.


    What other book might you compare Post Captain to and why?

    The entire Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brien is extraordinary.


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Tull – was your favorite?

    Patrick Tull has no equal. He does a boatload of cockney sailors & stuffy British admirals with great elan.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Stephen Maturin being fished out of the drink & berated by his boat mates. Hilarious.


    Any additional comments?

    Both author and narrator have passed away. Makes these books doubly precious.

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    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 03-09-14
    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2010

    I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.

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    "Absolutely perfect in every way."

    I truly love this series. I'm now on my second listen to all 20 books and appreciating the details I missed the first time through.

    This particular book in the series, the second one, starts to explore Jack and Stephen's personalities more. As characters, they were established in "Master and Commander" but now are really fleshed out. Jack is growing up and growing into his role as a leader. Stephen, ultimately more complex as a character, is showing his colors more as an naturalist and volunteer spy in addition to his role as a "sawbones." The eccentricities of both are so delightful. I have to keep reminding myself that these characters were created in O'Brian's unbelievable imagination.

    I never would have guessed that I could be this smitten with nautical historical novels set during the Napoleonic Wars. But I am. I love Patrick Tull's narration and the way he gives voice to these amazing characters. It's such an engaging listen.

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    Kate Johnson, ks, United States 10-02-13
    Kate Johnson, ks, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing Audio"
    Any additional comments?

    I love the Master and Commander series so very dearly, but this recording was a bit vexing. Occasionally another voice can be heard faintly in the background, although it appears to be saying the same words just a fraction later than Patrick Tull says them. I still think Patrick Tull does the best reading of these books, I was just a little put off by the phantom voice in the background!

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    Eddie Lynn 09-04-13
    Eddie Lynn 09-04-13 Member Since 2016

    No spoilers from me! Sexy, romantic stories, thrillers, mystery, relationship stories.. my library is a crazy mix.

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    "Again, amazing - did not disappoint"

    Expected to love it and it lived up to expectations ... on to book 3! Patrick Tull can read to me anytime and I'll listen eagerly!

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    Kent 03-25-13
    Kent 03-25-13 Member Since 2016

    Pediatrician. Classics, Literary Fiction and SciFi lover"

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    "Fleshes out the characters and sets the foundation"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Post Captain to be better than the print version?

    I loved this book, but its longwinded in parts and I doubt Id have made it through it in print.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The cutting out expedition was great as are some of the scenes where you start to see inside Maturin's head. (also bees love the bees)


    Any additional comments?

    The author went back and greatly widened the base of the characters for this book. The greatly added depth makes for a novel that is quite slow in parts, but is necessary to create characters strong enough to support such a massive series.

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    Timothy R McConnell 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "What a contrast from life today."
    Would you listen to Post Captain again? Why?

    I have listened to it before. Great series.


    What other book might you compare Post Captain to and why?

    The entire Aubrey Maturin series. Krakatoa, The Great Influenza and other historical novels and biographies.


    What does Patrick Tull bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Like other good narrators he tries to bring a time to the language.


    If you could take any character from Post Captain out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Captain Aubrey.


    Any additional comments?

    Good listen. Tough to turn it off.

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    Spartan MIDDLE ISLAND, NEW YORK, United States 09-03-12
    Spartan MIDDLE ISLAND, NEW YORK, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012

    Audiobooks are my way of easing the long commute to work! Thank you!

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    "Was ok.."
    Would you try another book from Patrick O'Brian and/or Patrick Tull?

    I would!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aubrey is the best by far!


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Tull – was your favorite?

    Aubrey!


    Could you see Post Captain being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Hmmm...I think a TV series would be good....Not sure about the casting but i'm sure that this would be an action packed and witty series!


    Any additional comments?

    Good read. Thanks!

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    Patrick J. Shea Jacksonville, FL USA 07-20-12
    Patrick J. Shea Jacksonville, FL USA 07-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "An unlubberly delight!"

    As a long time fan of the Aubrey/Maturin novels, it was a pleasure to find an audio rendering that fills the sails with such precision (even on land!). Mr. Tull brings each character to life just so with wonderful accents and a twinkle in his eye.

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