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The Commodore: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 17 | [Patrick O'Brian]

The Commodore: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 17

After a dangerous tour of duty in the Great South Sea, Jack and Stephen finally return to their families in England. For Jack, the return is joyful, but for Stephen, it is heartbreaking. His wife, Diana, has left for parts unknown; his young daughter has all the symptoms of autism. To escape these painful circumstances, Stephen joins Jack on a bizarre decoy mission to the lagoons of the Gulf of Guinea.
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After a dangerous tour of duty in the Great South Sea, Jack and Stephen finally return to their families in England. For Jack, the return is joyful, but for Stephen, it is heartbreaking. His wife, Diana, has left for parts unknown; his young daughter has all the symptoms of autism. To escape these painful circumstances, Stephen joins Jack on a bizarre decoy mission to the lagoons of the Gulf of Guinea.

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©1995 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Jonathan Madison, WI, United States 11-20-10
    Jonathan Madison, WI, United States 11-20-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Patrick Tull is a master"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Aidan Gilbert, AZ, USA 12-11-06
    Aidan Gilbert, AZ, USA 12-11-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Another Classic"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Constance Detroit, MI, USA 05-27-05
    Constance Detroit, MI, USA 05-27-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Slave trade,"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Terrence Davidson, NC, USA 10-21-07
    Terrence Davidson, NC, USA 10-21-07 Member Since 2000
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    "One of the more enjoyable."

    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).

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