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The Golden Ocean | [Patrick O'Brian]

The Golden Ocean

This is the first novel Patrick O'Brian ever wrote about the sea, a precursor to the Aubrey/Maturin series. The Golden Ocean shares the high-seas adventure and rich humor of this triumphant series, invoking the eloquent style and authentic historic atmosphere that O'Brian fans love so much. In 1740, two young Irishmen, lifelong friends Peter and Sean, join Commodore Anson and his crew on their quest for fortune and fame on the golden ocean.
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Publisher's Summary

This is the first novel Patrick O'Brian ever wrote about the sea, a precursor to the Aubrey/Maturin series that The New York Times has hailed as "the best historical novels ever written." The Golden Ocean shares the high-seas adventure and rich humor of this triumphant series, invoking the eloquent style and authentic historic atmosphere that O'Brian fans love so much. In 1740, two young Irishmen, lifelong friends Peter and Sean, join Commodore Anson and his crew on their quest for fortune and fame on the golden ocean.

©1956 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC.

What the Critics Say

"An entertaining and psychologically astute narrative....This early work has practically all the naval lore and sense of place that grace the Aubrey/Maturin books." (Publishers Weekly)
"A rousing novelistic retelling of a particularly colorful chapter in the history of the imperialist wars of the mid-18th century...Robust and exhilarating." (Los Angeles Times)

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    Collcolleen North Platte, NE, USA 02-12-04
    Collcolleen North Platte, NE, USA 02-12-04
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    "Patrick O'Brien at His Best!"

    If you love stories of sailing ships, adventure on the high seas and feats of derring-do, this book is for you. I have read many of O'Brien's books, and loved every one of them; including this one.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    K. Janson 01-18-08
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    "A 1st Rate Listen"

    This may be my favorite O'Brian book though it is less known than the Aubrey/Maturin series. O'Brian is unrivaled in his ability to make us hear the booming of the big guns in battle, but in this book he also shines in the moments when his marvelous comic sense comes to the fore.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Birmingham, AL, United States 09-13-07
    Lawrence Birmingham, AL, United States 09-13-07 Member Since 2004
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    "A Winner, as usual"

    O'Brian is a master. This is a wonderful introduction to his writing. While not directly related to the Aubrey/Maturin series, I'd recommend this as an introduction. I know almost nothing about sailing, but that's not the point of these exciting stories.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Tucson, AZ, United States 04-01-11
    Kevin Tucson, AZ, United States 04-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A pleasure to listen"

    This being my first audio book, I think I've been spoiled. What a wonderful narrator. I read all 21 Aubrey-Matruin novels but goingback to Patrick O'Brian's first was a joy. The narrators inflexions in his voice for each character allows the reader to identify with the character immediately.

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    Jeffrey Seabeck, WA, United States 01-02-11
    Jeffrey Seabeck, WA, United States 01-02-11
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    "A wonderful prequel to Master and Commander"

    This is a wonderful entertaining prequel to the Master and Commander series. The writing and reading are lyrical and thoroughly engrossing. The text is spare and perfectly suited to the time of place of the story. One is transported to the British Navy of the 18th century with all of its cultural, ritualistic and stylistic norms. I have listened to the entire Master and Commander series three times and am now listening to Golden Ocean for the second.
    This is very highly recommended for anyone who can appreciate excellent writing, reading and storytelling.

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