Don't miss the rest of the Aubrey/Maturin series.
©1995 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC
I love the entire series as books. I didn't really get how wonderful audiobooks can be, though, until I heard these readings by Patrick Tull. They are superb -- the variety of voices and accents -- and he captures Jack Aubrey and especially Stephen Maturin to perfection. If you love the series, do yourself a favor and get the version read by Patrick Tull. I tried the Simon Vance version, and in my opinion it doesn't compare.
A little more historical fact in this one, but has a blast of good news for Jack. See a side of Stephen re his daughter that make for a very warming read.
One of the best of the series in its description of British efforts to stop the slave trade and to prevent the French plans to invade Ireland. This one also has a description of the treatment of mild autism of Stephen's daughter. One of the ships in the convoy is captained by an overt homosexual leading to a long discussion of "buggery" in the British Navy. And, of course, romance and sailing!
In some of the books in this series nothing good happens till the very end; whereas this one, similiar to some of the early books, has a mix of good & bad experiences. The story moves along quite quickly too, but this is probably due to it being a shorter audio book (i.e., <11 hrs compared with 20-30 hrs of some of the other books).
A great series of books well written and performed. Surprises even after listening to more than once - by far my favorite!
These stories, though set in a bygone age, hold your interest by seducing you into the lives and adventures of two friends, Jack and Stephen. As with all great storytelling, it is the subtlety that produces such wonderful dialogue and events. Mastery of grammar and words, story development and so on are all very good, but in these stories it comes down to that unquantifiable gift some writers have. Patrick O'Brian invites us into a world of intrigue, loyalty, sacrifice, all timeless elements. Well done.
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