Don't miss the rest of the Aubrey/Maturin series.
©1979 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks
"The best historical novels ever written." (The New York Times Book Review)
I have to weigh in on the side of Vance. The pace of the narration fits the story better than the other version. Contrary to one of the other reviews, the "voice" of Aubrey perfectly conveys the paradoxical nature of the character, i.e., at sea when ashore but steady and sure when asea.
I have fallen head-over-heals for the Aubrey/Maturin series, which I first discovered on Audible. That first book (Master and Commander) was narrated by Simon Vance, and a he is a big reason I am so enamored with this series. Vance's narration of Jack Aubrey's voice, in particular, is a joy to hear. He brings the spirit of Capt Aubrey alive.
On a side note, I once accidentally downloaded one of the books narrated by Patrick Tull, and was not impressed. Tull appears to be the favorite, though, so I guess you like what you are used to.
If you start here, you miss too much of the continuity of the story. If you're listening to them in order, after you hear Book 5, you won't be able to wait to hear this one. I couldn't. Book 5 is also 5 stars and you just can't stand it that it ends where it does. ps I am American
I will probably listen to the whole series again someday, starting again with the first one. O'Brien is a brilliant novelist by any measure and any standards, taking the sub-genre invented by CS Forrester to another level.
Simon Vance is as good as it gets for the narration of novels. There may be a few who are sometimes as good, but nobody I have heard is better. You quickly forget that he is 'just' a narrator, and you hear the voices of the different characters in 'their' voices. Amazing really.
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