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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 am an avid eclectic reader.
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.
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.
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
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
Againg I liked the end with the cavalry arriving in the nick of time
When Steven and Jack are picked up by the native girls
I liked both Jack and Steven for their parts are a cement that holds the story together
I look forward to listening to the next one
I have listened to this series twice already, and will again in a few years I'm sure.
The relationship of the the Captain and the Surgeon are so much fun and so very real.
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.
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.
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.
This ending is like those of a weekly Television serial. There must be a next one.
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.
I nearly gave this 4 stars but for the abruptness of the ending. It was another excellent performace by Patrick Tull though. I thought the book lacked an action or two and at times i lost interest. I found the story began to mingle with the last couple of books in this series and I, like O'Brien, seem to be running out of patience. You eagerly listen to hour after hour of superb narration anticipating a good solid action or a point where the Royal Navy reasserts its dominance and you hear.."The End". You eagerly rush to the next book in the hopes that you will find out what happened and you are left wanting, as your characters are 'back in London.' Where Jack will, no doubt, get screwed over by the Navy and Stephen will save the day after an interview with an old friend. Like I said predictable but I am sure I will move on now to number 11!
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