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©1981 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Vividly detailed 19th-century settings and dramatic tension punctuated with flashes of wry humor make O'Brian's nautical adventure a splendid treat." (Publishers Weekly)
I find it very unfair that some of the previous reviews gave this book a bad score because of their preference to another narrator. Simon Vance is a very good narrator as he has been for the previous books in the series.
Though it seems like most people prefer the other narrator, I myself prefer Vance because he makes Jack sound like the gruff and boisterous character that he is. This does not mean that I will give the other version on Audible a bad score. Let's give credit where credit is due. Simon Vance may not be the best of the two according to most listeners but he is very good in his own right.
The book itself is amazingly written with deep and complex characters. In fact all the books in the series that I've listened to so far have a level of quality that is unmatched.
Diplomacy, intrigue, action
The 7th in the Aubrey Maturin series it has plenty of action on the sea and land alike. The book contains a little bit of The Great Escape as each hero manages to wriggle out of a variety of scrapes; a bit of any spy novel is thrown in; as always the Napoleonic era touches on the best of Jane Austen's and other 19c works; and somehow I am always reminded vaguely of Star Trek as I listen to the urgent commands during battle and learn the rules of diplomacy, honour, and tolerance, especially among a band of brothers living and working 24/7 in close quarters.
The proper pronunciation of the seafaring lexicon is a bonus, and though I have listened to a couple of others read some books of the series I like to be consistent. Vance has a fairly good handle on most of the accents, and of the main characters his Aubrey, Maturin, and Killick are so particularly distinct they almost define the characters.
The ending was a joy and a relief, and a better captain could not have been chosen for the duty.
Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin books never fail to amuse and excite the reader. Vance's narration is excellent, though I don't think he has as good a feel for the characters as Ric Jerrom.
I love this series! The stories are fun, the language is rich and beautiful, and the narrator is magic. the two main characters are both admirable and adorable, each in his own widely divergent way.
Awesome historical fiction
More matter of fact, less caricature than Rick Jerrom
Just pointing out there are 2 versions of this book in audible, one by the series normal narrator and then this... which is different but by no means worse.
It will not down load
I would like to hear this one work
the 3g down load will work????
disappointment with the fact it was not downloaded
I accidentally downloaded the Vance version of this novel. I had been accustomed to Tull's narration, but even despite that familiarity I was shocked by Vance's reading, which seemed too fast and with characters insufficiently delineated. I strongly prefer Patrick Tull in the Aubrey/Maturin series...
"Unabridged, and all the better for it"
I am sad that the first reviewer of this book was so disappointed, but I hope that as more books become available he will read them and become as involved and dedicated as all of O'Brian's many fans. Read out of sequence it may loose something, however I am delighted to see that "Post Captain", the second in the series is now available.
"Accomplished but tedious"
Having been disappointed by the poor abridgement of Book 1 in the series, I purchased the only unabridged volume available on Audible. I was looking for a rollicking adventure on the high seas with the dastardly French being thrashed by the British seadogs due to the fabled superiority of their seamanship and Cap'n Aubrey's skill and cunning. How disappointed I was!
O'Brian is, without a shadow of a doubt, a great expert on this period of history - not least when it comes to the technical details of sailing a fighting ship. Unfortunately, he buries the reader/listener with a deluge of unfamiliar terms such that one is hardly the wiser for the description. His knowledge clearly extends to the personalities of London and Paris whose names are liberally dropped to display this knowledge without significantly moving the plot forward. Similarly we are treated to a tedious account of the finest and not-so-fine food of the period with frequent accounts of the effect on our heroes bowels. Yes: too much information all round.
Whilst one may admire the author's erudition, the pedantic and tediously prolix prose detracts from the enjoyment of the plot.
The story revolves around Maturin rather than Aubrey as implied by the title but I remain disappointed that there was so little sea action, some of which I missed as I had fallen asleep.
I fear I have discovered the reason for the profusion of abridged versions of these yarns.
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