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The Fortune of War Audiobook

The Fortune of War: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 6

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The H.M.S. Leopard pulled into the bay of Pulo Batang looking more like a shabby merchant ship that a man-of-war. The crew had endured a calamitous voyage plagued by gaol-fever, pursued by the Dutch Waakzaamheid, and struck by an iceberg. Suffice it to say, Jack Aubrey was ready for home.

The return journey aboard La Fleche proves delightful for both Aubrey and his particular friend. Stephen Maturin, with high winds and beautiful skies. It is when La Fleche nears the coast of Brazil that tragedy strikes. Accidental fire ravages the ship, forcing the crew into lifeboats. Rescued eventually by the Java, Aubrey and Maturin meet with yet another deterrent to their journey home when the Java engages the U.S.S. Constitution in battle, and loses. Aubrey, now a POW in Boston, waits for word of a prisoner exchange, while Maturin renews his friendship with the raven-haired expatriate, Diana Villiers.

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

©1979 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC.

What the Critics Say

"The Fortune of War is a marvelously full-flavored, engrossing book, which towers over its current rivals in the genre like a three-decker over a ship's longboat." (Times Literary Supplement)

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    Jim 02-15-15
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    "Great Historical Novel, magnificient narratior"
    Where does The Fortune of War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This entire series is Top Drawer.


    What did you like best about this story?

    French intrigue, American dastardly intended.....Mautrin is at his finest, and Jack plays the part of an injured hero well.


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Tull – was your favorite?

    Mautrin


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed often at the internal conversation Jack and Mautrine have with themselves.


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    Patricia TAMPA, FL, United States 01-15-14
    Patricia TAMPA, FL, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Another fantastic yarn"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fortune of War the most enjoyable?

    The fact that both American and British characters were treated fairly and with great concern for historical accuracy.


    What does Patrick Tull bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He makes the characters come alive. Makes them believable. i once listened to an O'Brian book with a different narrator and stopped after 1 chapter. NO way


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    of course when the Chesapeake was captured and so many of our country's sailors died.


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    Harry Paget Washington, DC 03-18-13
    Harry Paget Washington, DC 03-18-13

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    "DeViiliers and the doctor- the live saga continues"
    Where does The Fortune of War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's right up there in the Aubrey-Mathurin series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Aubrey


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Patrick Tull?

    Definitely. Those long draughts of breath are reminiscent of the sounds of a good Winston Churchill Cohiba.


    If you could take any character from The Fortune of War out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Easy. Madame DeVilliers.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable historical fiction.

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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 01-14-13
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2016

    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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    "Lucky Jack needs all his luck on this one"
    What did you love best about The Fortune of War?

    How each part seemed to lead to another adventure with more serious problems than before


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fortune of War?

    The battle of the American and Royal navy one on one was most memorable


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Tull’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, he isn't the easiest to understand as an I am American but he did a good job on this one


    If you could take any character from The Fortune of War out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Dr. Steve of course he would be able to discuss any topic


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to see where the next story starts after the end of this fine story

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    Margaret 11-08-11
    Margaret 11-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Sublime - one of my favorite in the Aubreiad."

    And of course, don't even consider another narrator - Patrick Tull is the only one worth considering. This is one of my favs - Stephen as an action hero, illegitimate children, madmen, Diana dashing about, jewelry, and a fascinating peek into English ex-pats in a new country. Audubon's work also makes an appearance.

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    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 04-30-11
    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 04-30-11 Member Since 2016
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    "View War of 1812 from British Naval perspective"

    Well written and very excellent job immitating a variety of voices. I very much enjoyed - as an American - to see this war from the other side and see British opinions of a young America. Exciting to see Jack come up against the USS Constitution and end up a prison of war. He is not used to losing. Fascinating adventures in the Boston area and very exciting chase scenes. I highly recommend this book.

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    Charles Fred Smith Plano, Texas 09-25-06
    Charles Fred Smith Plano, Texas 09-25-06 Member Since 2012
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    "Getting Better"

    Fortune of War, seventh in the O'Brian series is great - best of the best. This one deals with the British-American relations during the War of 1812. Poor Jack had more misadventures than "Perils of Pauline" with a finale that was a historical nail biter.

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    Paul houston, TX, USA 04-10-06
    Paul houston, TX, USA 04-10-06 Member Since 2015
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    "Will they ever get home?"

    One of the Best so far. As an American, I liked this one a lot. A different view on history. Diana is back, Jack is Jack on land and Stephen is James Bond

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    JustBob 03-07-05
    JustBob 03-07-05
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    "I enjoyed it..."

    But if you are a student of history, particularly the War of 1812, you'll know how the battles are going to turn out. And that was a bit of a spoiler, at least for me.
    I enjoyed the character studies of some of the people of Boston during the period. Very entertaining.
    The only dark spot of the whole read was the detestable DV. I find I have to restrain myself from hitting the fast forward whenever she's there.

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    Paul Tyler, TX, USA 02-28-05
    Paul Tyler, TX, USA 02-28-05
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    "fortune"

    have to agree this is better than desolation. plus, there's murder w/a stone phallus. how can ya top that?

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