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The Fortune of War: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 6 | [Patrick O'Brian]

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

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.

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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.

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"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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    Amazon Customer Houston, TX USA 12-21-04
    Amazon Customer Houston, TX USA 12-21-04

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    "Alternative Entry Point"

    This is the most interesting of the first six books in the series for American readers, and as such provides an alternative to starting the series at the beginning (with "Master and Commander"). The author alludes to many of the significant events in the preceding novels and also presents the most important characters, allowing the reader approaching this excellent series for the first time to slip in effortlessly. The principal theme of these books, the friendship between the extrovert Aubrey and the introvert Maturin, is primarily responsible for the poignancy of the tales and is evident throughout "The Fortune of War".

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    Dave Brown 05-19-05
    Dave Brown 05-19-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Naval spy games done well"

    I was pleased how he was able to work in a significant amount of naval warfare and strategy into what ultimately is a spy/escape story. There are some wonderful moments: one with Jack mistaking another character's identity because of a common name, considerable development of Steven as a spy including a tremendous chase sequence that remains clearly in my mind to this day, and a satsifying and thunderous ending. Knowing that if you enjoyed this you can follow the characters on further (and previous) adventures is really a plus.

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    Nancy Vancouver, WA, USA 07-05-04
    Nancy Vancouver, WA, USA 07-05-04 Member Since 2001
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    "Entertaining & of Historical Interest"

    This is a great read. It was a lot of fun. The real "plus" on top of the excitement goes to those who are interested in the history of naval warfare and also of early British/American relations.

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    Patricia TAMPA, FL, United States 01-15-14
    Patricia TAMPA, FL, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2011
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harry Eustace Washington, DC 03-18-13
    Harry Eustace Washington, DC 03-18-13 Member Since 2013

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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 2008
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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 United States 11-08-11
    Margaret United States 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 2006
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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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    Steve West Haven, CT, USA 03-21-07
    Steve West Haven, CT, USA 03-21-07
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    "Mostly Nothing Happens"

    Having read or listened to all of the previous installments of this venerable series, I was particularly disappointed with this one. Without giving away too much, two quick and decisive naval battles book-end what I felt to be Dr. Maturin's interminable hand-wringing over Diana Villers. I found myself fast-forwarding through large portions.

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    Charles Fred Smith Plano, Texas 09-25-06
    Charles Fred Smith Plano, Texas 09-25-06 Member Since 2006
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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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