Shoved into a temporary command in "that rotten old Worcester," Aubrey is off to the Mediterranean to join the Royal Navy's blockade of the French port of Toulon, where he will be dispatched by Admiral Harte (unfortunately the same Admiral Harte he cuckolded years ago) on a secret mission that promises to embroil Aubrey in political conflict. His friend Stephen's help notwithstanding, Aubrey faces some of the choppiest waters of his career.
This is the eighth book in O'Brian's 20-volume Aubrey/Maturin series.
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©1981 Patrick O'Brian; (P)1994 Recorded Books, LLC
"Splendid adventures at a stately pace." (Kirkus)
Although this is the first of the series to hit the doldrums, it's saved by humor on several levels, and the ending.
For the audio version, Patrick Tull aids its salvation. After a slow start, Tull brings more and more dramatic presence into each successive novel. He truly hits his stride here.
Other pluses include a more thorough use of Steven's near incurable ignorance of naval matters as our window into that complex, jargon filled Age of Sail world.
Then again, if you have not already found yourself saying “Top Gallants and Royals, if you please,” to express the need for haste, and urging people to finish something before it's abaft - even if those phrases don't answer - then you probably have not made it this far.
One more of POB's books that starts off slow, real slow, and stayed there. But it's about a blockade. The most boring mission you could hope not to get. It did pick up at the end. But we all know if you are reading this review, your going to get the book anyway. Just like me. I thought it was interesting to see how politics in the Near East hasn't changed much.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This story was less dramatic than the prior books. Mostly they were on blockade which I gather from the book is boring for the crew. I did enjoy all the extra information O'Brian provided about the ships, sailing and the Royal Navy in the early 1800's late 1790s. Patrick Tull did an fantastic job narrating the story. Felt the ending was abrupt, wish there was more follow up of what happened after the battle. But maybe that comes in the next book.
This is where the Aubrey-Maturin series settled down into a gigantic account that continues essentially as a single very long story for the following dozen titles in the series--if not the best, still very good indeed, not the least because of Patrick Tull's narration.
not as good as the previous stories in the series. very much like a long blockade with few moments of great story, but the narration is ever great and the characters so well loved its passable.
Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also
It was again a very interesting story with some historicial facts that are interesting along with the characters
Well I liked the last battle, the granite cannon balls were alittle strange
Mr Tull does a great job, keep up the good work,
Dr Steve which has an interesting veiw on life and love
Enjoyed the book didn't like the ending which was kind of sudden but the next one picked up with the story, Thank goodness.
I am on book 11 now and plan to listen to all of them in sequence. Outstanding reader, and the author was clearly an all time great. I confess I don't always know what is going on during the battles without visuals but that does not subtract from how engaging the story is. The majesty of sailing on the high seas is conveyed making you feel like you are on board.
I never thought I would enjoy audible books but the great storyline of the Aubrey Maturin series with a amazing narrator like Patric Tull has me hooked.
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