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Post Captain Audiobook

Post Captain: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

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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    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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    Warnie Plano, TX, United States 07-19-12
    Warnie Plano, TX, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Such a fun series!"

    Man, I love these books! In this one, BFFs Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin thought they knew each other initimately, but both discover there's more to the other than they previously knew. There's a lot of gentlemanly angst--over ladies, over unkind words spoken in the heat of anger, over jealousy and mistrust. But here's a spoiler: they work it all out in the end. Huzzay! There are also the requisite naval intrigues and battles, and, of course, plenty of humor. I can't wait to read book three!

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    Amazon Customer 07-11-12
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    "Unbelievable, Sherlock Holmes at sea"
    What did you love best about Post Captain?

    Starting with this volume we see Maturin as an intelligence agent but instead of James Bond we find the sharp analytical mind of Holmes. Maturin is precise as a naturalist, devastating as a spy and a leading physician for his time with some hilarious misconceptions. His Watson is in charge and capable at sea. Aubrey is the emotionally driven everyman, with exceptional physical courage. Watson???s knowledge of medicine is replaced in Aubrey by a study of victory at sea. The implicit lessons on training and military priorities, good and bad, are universally true. If you seek pure action, this is not it. If you seek intelligent characters that can???t quite harmonize, just like real life, and intense battle won by superior appraisal of the critical factors then "I wish you joy of your find!"


    What about Patrick Tull???s performance did you like?

    He claims his delivery is a neutral reading of the material. How am I to contradict? However, the dry wit of the author, the occasional slapstick situations, the technical accuracy are all highlighted by his performance. Don't miss a comparison preview of competing readers.


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    GAINES 07-06-12
    GAINES 07-06-12 Member Since 2015

    Me? I'm not who you think I think I am.

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    "White knucle driving during battle sequences"
    Would you listen to Post Captain again? Why?

    I would definately listen to Post Captain again! It was a great book and the narration is wonderful. I love the way Tull reads it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I cant say I have a favorite character. Both Jack and Steven are great!


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

    I listened to Master and Commander and he did a great job reading it. Post Captain does not dissapoint.


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

    Steven seemed to play some of the most important pieces of this story. We really find out more about him here.


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    Neil San Diego, CA, United States 06-09-12
    Neil San Diego, CA, United States 06-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "More boring than C-Span"

    I'm a real warship captain. I served in the USN for 31 years and was privileged to have three commands. I envy James Tiberius Kirk because he was allowed to remain a starship captain for his whole career. There's nothing like it really; best job on the planet. Sure it's demanding, carries a lot of responsibility, but one thing it is hardly ever is boring. But these books are. A fellow naval officer is a devoted fan of the series and I kept reading them hoping to find out why. I've now read four: Far Side of the World, Post Captain, HMS Surprise and The Ionian Mission and I give up. They're terrible unless you like listening for half an hour or more to discourse on some archane bug or other. The constant stress of Jack's financial perils becomes just plain tedious. If this era is your interest then I suggest the Hornblower series by CS Forester (sp) or the Bolitho novels by Douglas Reeman both of which are much better.

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    Robert COCKEYSVILLE, MD, United States 02-18-12
    Robert COCKEYSVILLE, MD, United States 02-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A solid book"
    If you could sum up Post Captain in three words, what would they be?

    Brings Captain Aubrey and the Dr. together


    What did you like best about this story?

    Always rooting for Jack


    What about Patrick Tull’s performance did you like?

    Love his uses his voice


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but love the series


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    Todd 10-02-11
    Todd 10-02-11 Member Since 2011

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    "interesting and different"

    O'Brien gives a newer and deeper view of the time and place. It's not the first book, not as light hearted, but more interesting and darker. Very enjoyable.

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