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The Reverse of the Medal: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 11 | [Patrick O'Brian]

The Reverse of the Medal: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 11

Jack Aubrey is back in London after a successful mission. On the advice of an acquaintance he uses the time to invest some of his prize money. However when the investments link him to London's powerful criminal element and land him in jail it looks as if he has lost his post captaincy and the H.M.S. Surprise. It is once again up to ship's surgeon and covert agent Stephen Maturin to rescue his hapless friend.
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Jack Aubrey is back in London after a successful mission. On the advice of an acquaintance he uses the time to invest some of his prize money. However when the investments link him to London's powerful criminal element and land him in jail it looks as if he has lost his post captaincy and the H.M.S. Surprise. It is once again up to ship's surgeon and covert agent Stephen Maturin to rescue his hapless friend.

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

©1986 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jonathan Littleton, MA 01460 01-24-08
    Jonathan Littleton, MA 01460 01-24-08
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    "Most Moving"

    Just when you thought you’d had enough of this series, around the time the man hating tattooed Polynesian gals who sailed the sea looking to deprive men of their manhood with obsidian knives showed up in The Far Side of the World, and you were positively starved for some heroic naval action, you probably gave a heavy sigh when you read the description of this book. You have also probably read of Thomas Cochrane’s career – the actual Royal Navy Captain who inspired O’Brian’s Jack - and were wincing, knowing what was coming.

    Buy this book. Read it, listen to it, find some way to insert it into your brain by any manner you prefer. Despite the pain, the anguish, and the infuriating forces aligned against Aubrey, this book has the most moving scene of the series. As one O’Brian reviewer once put it, “I will not say I cried, but I will not say I did not.”

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Holly, MI, USA 06-14-05
    Robert Holly, MI, USA 06-14-05
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    "The doctor saves more than just Jack"

    In fact, the doctor saves the whole book.
    The first half of the book is dreadful. I would guess that, collectively, nearly an hour is spent on "our story thus far." There's goings on between Jack and his father, along with Stephen and his intelligence people. I just couldn't get interested, and in fact, set the story aside on two occasions.
    Then, near the end of the first part, it gets going, and keeps going. In perhaps the most moving chapter of the entire series, Jack finds out who is friends really are. Outstanding.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    drowninginbooks Madison, WI United States 11-20-10
    drowninginbooks Madison, WI United States 11-20-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Patrick Tull is a master"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aidan Gilbert, AZ, USA 01-17-06
    Aidan Gilbert, AZ, USA 01-17-06
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    "a Close One"

    This book follows the rest of the series in it's general make up and story line, and for the first time i felt a wee bit of boredom creep into my listening. UNTIL the last 3 hours! Masterful story telling that literally brought me to tears. Stick with this one it has an electric ending that made me instantly buy the next one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Kingston, ON, Canada 04-15-08
    Nancy Kingston, ON, Canada 04-15-08
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    "Not the best narration"

    I enjoyed the first O'Brian book narrated by Patrick Tull, but in this one his narration is over the top--very hammy with odd pauses. It's distracting.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Thunder Bay, ON, Canada 10-26-12
    Ashley Thunder Bay, ON, Canada 10-26-12
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    "Don't buy this narrator"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Patrick Tull’s performances?

    NO - Simon Vance, PLEASE!!


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    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.

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