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The Surgeon's Mate Audiobook

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

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.
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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 2015
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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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    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 2014

    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 Portland, OR, United States 09-27-11
    Thomas Portland, OR, United States 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 06-07-11
    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 06-07-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Dr Matchurin gets to star"

    This story is not filled with as much sea adventure as the others but it does have a very exciting encounter with a reef. What I most enjoyed about this book was Dr Matchurin's adventures in Paris's science circles and his undercover spy work. In the end, it is his important connections that saves Jack Aubrey from their imprisonment in Paris.

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    Robert Mahowald Shrewsbury, MA, United States 12-29-10
    Robert Mahowald Shrewsbury, MA, United States 12-29-10 Listener Since 2001
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    "Easily my favorite of the series..."

    Adventure, romance, prison, plenty of exciting sailing, and love requited: it doesn't get any better than this. Intelligent and witty, and as the bard said, All's well that ends well...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul houston, TX, USA 04-10-06
    Paul houston, TX, USA 04-10-06 Member Since 2015
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    "I just hate that Diana Villers!"

    This is a good one. They haven't been home in, what seems like forever. Coming home on a high note and it all goes to wrong. Then right, then wrong... New waters to explore and a great new character. I hope to see more of him in the future. Lots of all the things you're looking for here.

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    James Spitzer 03-21-05
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    "Seven Down and Still Gripping"

    I have just finished this, the seventh in the Aubrey/Maturin series, and am looking forward to starting the eigth with equal anticipation. A very engaging story and setting, and never a sense of loss of creative momentum.

    And Patrick Tull! I would listen to him reading the phone book!! I hope he is still reading professionally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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