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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

Captain Jack Aubrey, R.N., arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command of the fastest and best-armed frigate in the Royal Navy. He and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a dispatch vessel, but the War of 1812 breaks out while they are en route. Bloody actions precipitate them both into new and unexpected scenes where Stephen's past activities as a secret agent return on him with a vengeance.
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Captain Jack Aubrey, R.N., arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command of the fastest and best-armed frigate in the Royal Navy. He and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a dispatch vessel, but the War of 1812 breaks out while they are en route. Bloody actions precipitate them both into new and unexpected scenes where Stephen's past activities as a secret agent return on him with a vengeance.

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©1979 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"The best historical novels ever written." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Lawrence Greensboro, NC, United States 02-16-07
    Lawrence Greensboro, NC, United States 02-16-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Fabulous Narration"

    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.

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    Nick Ann Arbor, MI, United States 09-21-11
    Nick Ann Arbor, MI, United States 09-21-11
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    "Some of the best writing, and narration, ever!"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Portland 04-07-13
    Cynthia Portland 04-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not a good place to start"

    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

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    Michael Helena, MT, United States 02-25-13
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    "Just another brilliant Aubrey/Maturin story"
    Would you listen to The Fortune of War again? Why?

    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.


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

    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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