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"Jack's assignment: to capture the Indian Ocean islands of Réunion and Mauritius from the French. That campaign forms the narrative thread of this rollicking sea saga. But its substance is more beguiling still." (Newsweek)
If I can at all avoid another book read by Patrick Tull, I will. I LOVE the P. O'brian books about the Royal Navy and sailing ships, but I frequently felt like ripping my earphones out of my ears and stomping on my MP3 player.
Mr. Tull swallows convulsively and frequently during his reading like he's taking a drink or has something caught in his throat. It was so distracting I found myself bracing for the next swallow rather than hearing the story and that with the volume turned down hoping I wouldn't be able to hear it. He. . . also . . .reads. . .each . . . word deliberately for a space then rushes through the next few sentences, for no apparent reason - like fast during action, slow during emotional times - nor any logic that I could find. His characters sometimes have an accent and sometimes don't. Maturin sometimes has a brogue and sometimes doesn't. All of his characters' voices are inconsistent so you can't tell who's talking unless you can tell from the context, and sometimes you can't tell from that either.
All said, I did NOT enjoy listening to this book and only finished listening because it was the next one and I had already bought it, and I hate skipping around in a series.
MAYBE if I had read Mr. Tull's narration first I could have tolerated it, but after listening to Simon Vance's vastly superior interpretation of these books, I will never have the patience again.
Mr. Vance had voices for each character - very easily identified and believable. He didn't give Maturin a brogue, but then even though Maturin was Irish, he was raised in Catalan and spoke several languages and very well may not have had a strong Irish accent. It was so very enjoyable listening to Simon Vance I fell in love with the books all over again!
So if you can at all get the books read by Simon Vance rather than Patrick Tull, DO make the attempt. You won't regret it. And definitely read these books - they are Awesome!
O'Brien writes in a manner that is much akin to Have Austen; filled with detail and genteel mirth. Though his work is a bit more suited to more masculine tastes, it retains such elegance and descriptive text as to leave the reader simultaneously astounded and satisfied.
O'Brian skillfully weaves all of the diverse elements, imperial, political, medical, technological, strategic, logistical, the warrior ethos, and historical into a highly descriptive account of how Britain was able to rule the waves for 400 years.
Excellent, gripping and historically enlightening yarn by one of the best, if not the best maritime story teller of the 20th century. I look forward to enjoying every volume written by Patrick O'Brian.
Rarely does a series hold my attention, let alone grab me as this book did, especially the third book in said series. However, this book was so well written, the performance amazing and true history closely followed it sells itself as you progress. Well done.
Obrians stories are becoming an addiction that i look forward to indulging in all the way to the end of the series. And Patrick Tull ! The only narrator to do the books justice
Familiar style and content. Thoroughly enjoyable. Patrick Tull is, as usual, magnificently well suited to the material and performs wonderfully.
Having enjoyed the previous books of the series, I can hearthily recommend this book to anyone who did the same.
Pediatrician. Classics, Literary Fiction and SciFi lover"
The fact that the major events of this story occurred in real life is great. Life the first book you will find yourself wondering how in the world they actually pulled this off. And if you made it this far into the series you are a fan. Hooked for life (because thats how long it will take you to read all these books too...)
Master and Commander
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