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The Road to Samarcand | [Patrick O'Brian]

The Road to Samarcand

This stand-alone adventure from the mighty Patrick O'Brian begins just where his devoted fans would want it to: with a sloop in the South China Sea barely surviving a killer typhoon. But the time is the 1930s and the protagonist a teenaged American boy whose missionary parents have just died. In the company of his rough, seafaring uncle and his elderly English cousin, an eminent archaeologist, young Derrick sets off in search of ancient treasures in central Asia.
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This stand-alone adventure from the mighty Patrick O'Brian begins just where his devoted fans would want it to: with a sloop in the South China Sea barely surviving a killer typhoon. But the time is the 1930s and the protagonist is a teenaged American boy whose missionary parents have just died. In the company of his rough, seafaring uncle and his elderly English cousin, an eminent archaeologist, young Derrick sets off in search of ancient treasures in central Asia.

Along the way, they encounter a charismatic Chinese bandit and a host of bad characters, including Russian agents fomenting unrest. The tale ends in an icebound valley with the party caught between hostile Red-Hat monks and the Great Silent Ones, which is how the Tibetans designate the yeti.

©1954 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Hannes cupertino, CA, United States 12-29-12
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It would have been more enjoyable if I were a 12 year old. Couldn't make it past the 1st few chapters.


    Has The Road to Samarcand turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I was drawn to O'Brian, being wildly devoted to the Aubrey/Maturin series, but this is a very early work by O'Brian involving fairly shallow predictable characters.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Vance is normally an excellent narrator (Dragon Tattoo trilogy is a triumph of narration) but his exaggerated accents were a bit much on top of the somewhat maudlin dialogue.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Road to Samarcand?

    don't know...I only listened to the first couple of chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want O'Brian at his best with a narration above all others, go to the Patrick Tull reading of the Aubrey Maturin series.

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