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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.
It has everything you expect from an Aubrey/Maturin tale: continuity of plot, strife and drama at home, political intrigue, espionage, seafaring adventure, philosophical and moral quandries (Stephen refused to resuscitate the Gunner!), cliffs hangers (open water waiting for certain doom) and (spoiler) the Surprise arriving in the nick of time to Deus ex machina the book to a close. Read the whole series many times, this is in my top 3. Patrick Tull is a wonderful narrator. No one embodies Jack or Stephen as well.
I have reviewed each one of these recordings in order as I have listened to them. So far they have only gotten better! Patrick Tulls American accent is classic and only serves to deepen the immersion in this incredible series. Far Side of the World is another perfect installment in the greatest historical series ever written. Listen to it and don't hesitate.
Again the combination of O'Brian's storytelling with Tull's performance make for a spectacular audiobook. There was also an interesting note from the author at the end talking about how he came to start the series and how he plans to continue it. I'm looking forward to see just how he did that!
Yet another classic seafaring tale, told with the imagination grabbing thoroughness of a blue water seaman. Patrick Tull, as always, brings the characters to life.
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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