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"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)
I have listened to it before. Great series.
The entire Aubrey Maturin series. Krakatoa, The Great Influenza and other historical novels and biographies.
Like other good narrators he tries to bring a time to the language.
Good listen. Tough to turn it off.
Audiobooks are my way of easing the long commute to work! Thank you!
Aubrey is the best by far!
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!
Good read. Thanks!
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.
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!
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!"
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.
Me? I'm not who you think I think I am.
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!
I cant say I have a favorite character. Both Jack and Steven are great!
I listened to Master and Commander and he did a great job reading it. Post Captain does not dissapoint.
Steven seemed to play some of the most important pieces of this story. We really find out more about him here.
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.
Brings Captain Aubrey and the Dr. together
Always rooting for Jack
Love his uses his voice
No, but love the series
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.
This recording has technical problems. It's a pre-digital recording, and there's enough crosstalk to be a distraction. Also the narrator's breathing is intrusive, and he sometimes mixes accents for the characters. Pity, as this is a wonderful book.
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