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.
Another great sea faring adventure ! O'brian captures the listener on the first page and never lets go til the last shot is fired. Patrick Tull as always brings the story to life like no other narrator can, he is the voice of Maturin and Aubrey.
This installment of the Aubriad has once again surpassed it's predecessors and delighted and engaged me to a point that I immediately downloaded the next. Wonderful narration.
while this is the 8th book in the series Patrick O'Brien continues to deliver great dialogue , fantastic character building and shows a glimpse of the world in the late Seventeen hundreds and early eighteen-hundreds. it's sad that he is no longer with us.
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.
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