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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.

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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    ScipioTex Houston, TX USA 12-21-04
    ScipioTex Houston, TX USA 12-21-04 Member Since 2006

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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 2009
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Vancouver, WA, USA 07-05-04
    Nancy Vancouver, WA, USA 07-05-04 Member Since 2013
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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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    crawford nathan peitso 09-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great"

    Patric tull read the books better than any other! He's the one to look for when buying this series.

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    Angus McGreedy 07-22-15

    Angus McGreedy

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    "Another solid entry"

    Loving the series and loving Patrick Tull. He is the voice of O'Brian, and brings the story to life.

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    Phil2_19 05-12-15
    Phil2_19 05-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    Loved it! Every twist, every intrigue, every character was well played. I am torn between listening to it again and hearing the next book in the series. Well worth listening.

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    beardedone 02-16-15
    beardedone 02-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "perfectly done"

    great story, performance, pacing, audio quality, a triumph of the series. I enjoyed it immensely.

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    Jim 02-15-15
    Jim 02-15-15 Member Since 2008
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harry Paget Washington, DC 03-18-13
    Harry Paget 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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