Don't miss the rest of the Aubrey/Maturin series.
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"The best historical novels ever written." (The New York Times Book Review)
"No writer alive can move one as O'Brian can; no one can make you laugh so loud with hilarity, whiten your knuckles with unbearable tension or choke with emotion. He is the master." (Irish Times)
I have listened to all the Aubrey/Maturin books,each narrated by Patrick Tull,unabridged, and will start at the beginning to savor them all again.I tuned into CSPAN on the car radio one night and heard P. O'Brian being interviewed by Walter Cronkite.I was so taken by his intelligence ,wit and charm that I read the first novel.It was great but hearing Patrick Tull read the second one was what blew me away.I was hooked! And I never liked naval lore or historical novels before.These two Patricks collaborated to deliver hours of pleasure...seventeen books making up one huge novel.I can't imagine any narrator doing a better job of bringing the books to life.
Brilliant books, I've listened to them through at least 4 times. I got the first one, because of the movie, but it and the next 12 were read by Simon Vance. I dislike the other readers, as I'd gotten to "know" the characters in a different voice, and their character seemed to change with Patrick Tull and Tim Pigott Smith, to almost cartoonish. The Vance interpretation is more dignified, whereas the other readers make Stephen too "Irish" which is incongruous with his education, his travel, the fact that he speaks as many languages as he does, and with the fact that at dinners etc., strangers will comment on the Irish in a way that they would not if they knew he was Irish, which they would if he had such a thick accent. As well, he speaks so many languages, and is such a cool, shrewd spy, he should not be made to sound like such a buffoon as Tull makes him sound. He should sound as cool and suave, as Vance makes him sound. As well, Vance is such a master at all the different voices, accents, dialects, even languages, it is effortless to know who is talking, indeed you forget that the story is being read by one man. He even reads the female and child parts convincingly. Even though I have books 13-16 by Tull and Pigott Smith, when they come available by Vance, I will buy them again, and listen to them again. Vance makes Stephen and Jack each cool and sexy in their own way, while the other readers turn them into cartoon characters.
I don't know why, but Tull has gone to town w/ the voices on this one. The story is great, one of the best so far, but after listening to the series thus far it was refreshing to here the improved voices.
I have listened to all of the Aubrey/Maturin series and this one was one of the very best. Jack being released from the RN seems to have been a great release for O'Brien also. He takes the liberty of straying a little from the confines of the Royal Navy's diabolical treatment of one of their best commanders and tells a thumping good story. Tull, also appears to 'enjoy' reading this one a bit more as his performance is reverting. I loved this one and i am sure you will too.
The book yes, this version of the narration, NO
Simon Vance PLEASE!!
Narrator is unbearable to listen to as his odd pauses and total lack of voice changes between characters force him to ad the "he said" and "she said" at the end of every spoken word.
I love the entire series as books. I didn't really get how wonderful audiobooks can be, though, until I heard these readings by Patrick Tull. They are superb -- the variety of voices and accents -- and he captures Jack Aubrey and especially Stephen Maturin to perfection. If you love the series, do yourself a favor and get the version read by Patrick Tull. I tried the Simon Vance version, and in my opinion it doesn't compare.
This was a good story, nicely told. Interesting, adventurous, suspenseful, and well-written.
That I came away disinclined to read the rest is probably only my disinterest in the genre.
I would recommend it.
I liked this book and all of them so far can't wait to read the next one
One of a kind story with great characters and enjoyed it and look forward to more
There were a few that were both action and emotion, liked all of it
If it were possible yes
Getting close to the end of the series but the stories just keep me interested
Great followup to "Reverse of the Medal". My favorite so far of the Patrick O'Brian novels.
Having been unjustly stripped of his Navy commission, Jack was now doomed to be ship-less until his good friend Dr. Matchurin buys Jack's beloved schooner Surprise at a Naval auction and makes Jack the skipper. They have some most extraordinary and profitable adventures ridding Jack of his huge debts and making him a public hero because of the enemy chips he captures in a very daring night raid. For me, this is one of the best books of the series and I particularly enjoyed seeing the navy now from the privateer perspective.
"Letter of Marque"
A gripping yarn read by a master of the art - O'Brian's further adventures of Captain Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are brought to life by a master of story telling - Patrick Tull... Brilliant. It's just a shame that the other unabridged O'Brian books read by Tull aren't in the Audible collection.
"How to lose yourself in history"
As an O'Brian fan, it would have to be something really dull to stop me from marking it high, but this was really top notch - the way in which the story was read helped transport me back into the times of the French wars and ripping yarns - Brilliant.
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