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The Surgeon's Mate Audiobook

The Surgeon's Mate: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 7

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Publisher's Summary

Jack Aubrey, Post Captain in the British Royal Navy, is suffused with happiness. The Shannon's engagement with the U.S. Chesapeake off the New England coast has resulted in victory, just another in a long string of them for Aubrey, nicknamed Lucky Jack for his tendency to win big. But Jack is less sure-footed by land than by sea. Trying desperately to conceal from his wife Sophie the details of an untoward liaison with a lady claiming a baby, and wrestling with speculators who are trying to rob him of every farthing he ever pirated, Jack is making a poor show at civilized life.

Meanwhile, his best friend, surgeon and scientist Stephen Maturin, is enjoying unprecedented success. In possession of papers that would make Napoleon blanch, Stephen supplements his espionage activities by delivering lectures at the French Institute on such rarities as the extinct avifauna of Rodriguez, and by spending time in the company of the fiery Diana Villiers.

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

©1980 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Splendid escape. Literate and amusing." (Kirkus)
"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)

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    Larry South Riding, VA, USA 12-24-03
    Larry South Riding, VA, USA 12-24-03 Member Since 2016
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    "Better than the movie (Master and Comander)"

    Listening to Patrick Tull read is such a pleasure. This series is one of the best reasons for audio books.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Rogers 06-03-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Best series"

    The Surgeon's Mate has great characters, high adventure, natural studies, history & romance. This is my second read of the series and it's just as good this time. It is so rich in detail that I catch things I didn't fully appreciate the first read. I'll regret when I finish all the books the second time. I highly recommend it.

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    A. Birtcher 05-17-16
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    "Another hit"

    While not Obrians strongest book it is still head and shoulders above most historical fiction. Patrick Tull is THE voice of Maturin/Aubrey

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    Amazon Customer Suwannee, FL USA 05-03-16
    Amazon Customer Suwannee, FL USA 05-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "love this story"

    The storytelling continues to impress. I especially appreciate the fact that it's not cluttered up with incessant cursing.

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    Michael Evans-layng San Diego, CA USA 04-08-16
    Michael Evans-layng San Diego, CA USA 04-08-16 Member Since 2015

    History nut w/soft heart

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    "What a great way to enjoy these books"

    I've read the Aubrey-Maturin series and fell in love after the first page. Listening to them read aloud by Mr. Tull has only deepened my pleasure. He doesn't overdo his characterizations of the different characters and the droll British wit comes through as clear as a bell. Highly, highly recommended!

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    Jimmy 05-06-15
    Jimmy 05-06-15
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    "JOY!"

    Steven and Jack have become 2 of my closest friends! This book (and all before it) bring prodigious satisfaction. I'm onto the Ionian Mission...

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    Beth Lucht Madison, WI United States 06-04-13
    Beth Lucht Madison, WI United States 06-04-13
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    "A truly incredible series"
    What did you love best about The Surgeon's Mate?

    The dry humor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephen Maturin - incredible depth.


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Tull’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but I liked it a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy R McConnell 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This is the third time through the series."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great stories.


    What about Patrick Tull’s performance did you like?

    He gets into it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    If you like to consider what it was like then vs what it is like now, listen to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 01-28-13
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 01-28-13 Member Since 2016

    Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also

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    "Things get real interesting for Steven and Jack"
    Where does The Surgeon's Mate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    What can I say all have been most enjoyable so far, I do plan on reading more of them This one was an interesting story


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like the end when things finially come together,


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Wished I could but time doesn't permit,


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to reading more, love them so far

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 09-27-11
    Thomas 09-27-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Book; Great Series"

    If you have njoyed other books in the series, this one will not disappoint. Good twists, turns and adventure. Patrick Tull deserves credit for giving incredible life to these books. He is one of the best readers I have encountered.

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