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The Far Side of the World Audiobook

The Far Side of the World: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 10

The South Seas are a paradise for battle-weary Captain Jack Aubrey and ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin. But their peace is disturbed when Stephen's fancy for a peculiar marine organism lands him overboard. Acting in his usual headstrong fashion, Jack dives into the rescue, unfortunately failing to plan what will happen once they are both in the water watching the sails of the Surprise disappear in the mist.
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The South Seas are a paradise for battle-weary Captain Jack Aubrey and ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin. But their peace is disturbed when Stephen's fancy for a peculiar marine organism lands him overboard. Acting in his usual headstrong fashion, Jack dives into the rescue, unfortunately failing to plan what will happen once they are both in the water watching the sails of the Surprise disappear in the mist.

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

©1984 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC.

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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)

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 07-21-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 07-21-11 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "The Far side of the World"

    What a great sailing story. Not much of a story about naval battles but this story give a fabulous insight into Naval life of the 1790's. The information on whaling and the tension between British and U.S. whales was great. Patrick Tull is the best narrator of the series that I have listen to. The excitment displayed by the parson and the doctor regarding the exploration of nature was the best part of the story. The description of the Galapagos Island was magnificent.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    NMPsy 05-11-05
    NMPsy 05-11-05
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    "The Far Side of the World ( Unabridged)"

    Listening to Patrick Tull is like having an endlessly patient, wonderfully entertaining grandpa who will read and read and read. Combine Patrick Tull's narration with Patrick O'Brian's brilliant, heroic and funny world and you are off on a barefoot cruise every day. But stop right here, go back, and start at the beginning with Master and Commander. And, haul down the mizzen topgallant on your way back. There's not a moment to lose.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 02-06-13
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2014

    Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also

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    "They are in trouble again in deep water"
    What made the experience of listening to The Far Side of the World the most enjoyable?

    The flow of the story with the charactors parts, Also I found it interesting with the Royal navy against the American navy in the worlds seas


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Far Side of the World?

    Againg I liked the end with the cavalry arriving in the nick of time


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Steven and Jack are picked up by the native girls


    Who was the most memorable character of The Far Side of the World and why?

    I liked both Jack and Steven for their parts are a cement that holds the story together


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to listening to the next one

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Quilcene, WA, United States 05-30-12
    Mary Quilcene, WA, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I love this series, such fun!"
    Would you listen to The Far Side of the World again? Why?

    I have listened to this series twice already, and will again in a few years I'm sure.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Far Side of the World?

    The relationship of the the Captain and the Surgeon are so much fun and so very real.


    Any additional comments?

    I much perfer the reading of Patrick Tull to Simon Vance. I have listened to both and for this eries Tull is much better for these books. Simon Vance is great in others, but not these books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hank Neyens 03-07-16
    Hank Neyens 03-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    what a great and riviting story and a wonderful performance! The Patrick's have done it again!

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    Chris Watkins 12-08-15
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    "Always enjoyable, but a bit more fanciful than previous stories"

    If I could give this 3.5 stars, I would. The story was enjoyable, but seemed to drag a bit more than the previous novels in the series. Also, The interlude with Jack and Stephen apart from the ship was a bit of a stretch for me.

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    chucko 10-03-15
    chucko 10-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The best"

    The narration out performs any the other narrator. The story of course is excellent. Superb

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    James Ingalls 09-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Patrick Tull brings Patrick Obrian Alive"

    Delightful. Loved reading the books twice over. Now just delighted to rediscover them in their "native tongue" so to speak. A joy.

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    Stephen DiGiacomo Miami Florida 08-06-12
    Stephen DiGiacomo Miami Florida 08-06-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Listen to Reader before purchasing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have never listened to a "Master and Commander" book before and after seeing the movie my expectations were very different than the actual book. I guess the movie makers just used the title "Far Side of the Earth". With that said I liked the story in general but had a very difficult time understanding the reader. So before you purchase this book you should listen to the clip, if you can understand the reader then this book is a good read.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    This ending is like those of a weekly Television serial. There must be a next one.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Akron, OH, United States 03-25-12
    Susan Akron, OH, United States 03-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Always Entertaining!"

    Patrick O'Brian deftly opens up a different side of the world for Aubrey and Maturin. Although not one of my favourite this series is always entertaining and leaves you anxious for the next book.

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