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The Hundred Days: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 19 | [Patrick O'Brian]

The Hundred Days: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 19

Patrick O'Brian transports you to the high seas of the Napoleonic era when the French demagogue is making a desperate attempt to control the European world. While Napoleon pursues the British across Europe, rumors fly about him forging a secret link with the forces of Islam. Soon an ominous horde of Muslim mercenaries gather.
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Publisher's Summary

For years, critics have celebrated best-selling author Patrick O'Brian's seafaring adventures for their magnificent blend of swashbuckling excitement and historical accuracy. With The Hundred Days, he transports you to the high seas of the Napoleonic era when the French demagogue is making a desperate attempt to control the European world. While Napoleon pursues the British across Europe, rumors fly about him forging a secret link with the forces of Islam. Soon an ominous horde of Muslim mercenaries gather. In a desperate attempt to avert disaster, ship's doctor Stephen Maturin navigates oriental politics to uncover the truth. And blustery Commodore Jack Aubrey launches a daring mission to destroy the growing French-Muslim menace.

Patrick O'Brian packs this brilliantly executed tale with elegant language, rich humor, and authentic period atmosphere. With his deep, rumbling voice, narrator Patrick Tull brings storm-tossed seas and gallant navy warships colorfully to life.

Don't miss the rest of the Aubrey/Maturin series.

©1988 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Colorful historical background, smooth plotting, marvelous characters and great style....O'Brian continues to unroll a splendid Turkish rug of a saga." (Publishers Weekly)
"The Hundred Days is certain to delight O'Brian's fans, for whom happiness is an unending stream of Aubrey/Maturin books...[It] is a fine novel that stands proudly on the shelf with the others." (Los Angeles Times)

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    Bearwife 07-28-05
    Bearwife 07-28-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Another fabulous installment"

    in the Aubrey Maturin series. Patrick Tull cannot be topped as the narrator -- he takes me right back to the 19th century and makes me feel that Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are old friends. This is a wonderful book and a great listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-16-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-16-11 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader

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    "Good Sailing Story"

    Patrick Tull does a great job narrating this story. The Hundred Days is about the escape by Napoleon from the Island of Elba and the hundred days till Waterloo. The story takes place in the Mediterranean Sea with Aubrey/Maturin trying to destroy French Navy that declare for Napoleon and stop the gold shipment from Napoleon to pay for an mercenary army. Lots of intrigue for Steven Maturin and navel battles for Aubrey.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-16-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-16-11 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Good Sailing Story"

    Patrick Tull does a great job narrating this story. The Hundred Days is about the escape by Napoleon from the Island of Elba and the hundred days till Waterloo. The story takes place in the Mediterranean Sea with Aubrey/Maturin trying to destroy French Navy that declare for Napoleon and stop the gold shipment from Napoleon to pay for an mercenary army. Lots of intrigue for Steven Maturin and navel battles for Aubrey.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    The Lifelong Learner Santa Monica 10-17-09
    The Lifelong Learner Santa Monica 10-17-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Great moments, but not best effort"

    Love the O'Brian series, and this reader is phenomenal. This just isn't the best example. Bogs down in places. Dark. Killing off characters who are long-time "friends" made me think more of the author's own darkness at the time of writing was making its way into the book. Possible. Understandable. Don't let it keep you from reading, but don't expect the dashing tales of old.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Don 07-25-13
    Don 07-25-13
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    "Patrick Tull is not Simon Vance"
    Would you try another book from Patrick O'Brian and/or Patrick Tull?

    Alas! Headline says it all. Very little difference between characters, hard to tell who is speaking, far less dramatic. Skip this one and find the Simon Vance version.


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    Kenneth Fishers, IN, USA 08-16-07
    Kenneth Fishers, IN, USA 08-16-07
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    "Not the best of the series"

    Not the best story in the series and I did not like the narrator's vocal characterizations of Jack and Stephen.

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    Nancy Kingston, ON, Canada 02-02-09
    Nancy Kingston, ON, Canada 02-02-09
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    "Excellent"

    Patrick O'Brian is a brilliant writer. The narrator is a bit too hammy though--too in love with the sound of his own voice.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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