©1959 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC
"Here is an unexpected bonus: a precursor to the Aubrey-Maturin series...with all the charm of the author's mature works." (The New York Times)
I came to the end of the Aubrey/Maturin series and felt like I had lost four friends, Jack Aubrey, Steven Maturin, Patrick O'Brian and Patrick Tull. Well, here they are back again. The youthful protagonists of this book, Jack and Tobias, are not quite Aubrey and Maturin, since the book is set in 1740, but one is a midshipman and the other a surgeon's mate, and they bring a fresh, young presence with many of the characteristics of their more well known literary descendents. O'Brian's dry humor and human insight, as well as his knowledge of the Royal Navy (here in Anson's time before the problem of longitude was solved) are already on display, and Tull does a masterful job reading. Highly recommended.
Oddly, I read this book last of the whole Aubrey-Maturin series, including the dictionary and the cook book. I was fortunate. You wonder what makes a man devote the most part of his life to a single set of characters and this book was the germ from which all of that had sprung. You can almost hear O'Brian's brain working, developing, almost growing each character's idiosyncrasies, character, opinions, etc., as he goes along. It was well worth the read. Patrick Tull is the perfect narrator, and added greatly to this whole work.
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
I enjoyed the story line it had some funny parts and drama
It was the early start of the Audrey series and Mr O'Brian has a real talent to weave a story to get the reader interested in all the characters
Patrick Tull is a true professional and adds his gift to the characters in the story
Many both on a level of human of enteraction and the qualities of the people involved
I am glad I had a chance read the early work and enjoyed it
Six or nine times because I hear something new each time and the story is so excellently written and narrated. I love Patrick O'Brian's wordsmithery.
Don't know, other than Cold Mountain, it's just one of my favorites.
One really vicious trip through a frozen hell and back again.
I'll most likely listen to it again...and again.
A prequel to the Aubrey - Maturin series, Jack has brought a young friend with him who, although a surgeon's mate, is not Stephen Maturiin, but a young predecessor lacking the many faceted personality and character of Maturin.
Shipwrecked in Patagonia and captured by Indians who lack any humanity, they are starved, frozen, and beaten as they struggle north in hope of a Spanish rescue. The Indians are pre-Christian savages whose only concern is their personal survival in so unforgiving an environment that you wonder why they bother to struggle on..
As usual he was superb!
This book is continually described as a sort of practice run for the Aubrey-Maturin series, but it is much more than that. A satirical comedy in the first half, a heartbreaking tragedy in the middle and a deeply satisfying ending show O'Brian at his best.
Plus the Full wit of Patrick O'Brian, Who should never be read by anyone but Patrick Tull. The early version of the Aubrey Maturin stories, some of the most grim and comical adventures you'll hear anywhere.
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