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The Unknown Shore | [Patrick O'Brian]

The Unknown Shore

Best-selling author Patrick O'Brian turns to Commodore Anson's famous 1740 voyage for this rich tale of exploration and adventure. In The Unknown Shore, the inspiration for and immediate precursor to the acclaimed and immensely popular Aubrey/Maturin series, O'Brian's splendid prose and enthralling attention to detail launches listeners, spellbound, into the Age of Discovery.
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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Patrick O'Brian turns to Commodore Anson's famous 1740 voyage for this rich tale of exploration and adventure. In The Unknown Shore, the inspiration for and immediate precursor to the acclaimed and immensely popular Aubrey/Maturin series, O'Brian's splendid prose and enthralling attention to detail launches listeners, spellbound, into the Age of Discovery.

©1959 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Robert Goldston 08-09-06 Member Since 2005
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    "As Good as the Series"

    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.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Kimble Louisville, KY, United States 11-18-10
    Kimble Louisville, KY, United States 11-18-10
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    "Portrait of Jack Aubrey as a Young Man"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 04-18-13
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Early start for the Aubrey series good book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Unknown Shore the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the story line it had some funny parts and drama


    What other book might you compare The Unknown Shore to and why?

    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


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

    Patrick Tull is a true professional and adds his gift to the characters in the story


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many both on a level of human of enteraction and the qualities of the people involved


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad I had a chance read the early work and enjoyed it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alida Columbia Falls, MT, United States 01-24-12
    Alida Columbia Falls, MT, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Spellbinding."
    Would you listen to The Unknown Shore again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Unknown Shore to and why?

    Don't know, other than Cold Mountain, it's just one of my favorites.


    What about Patrick Tull’s performance did you like?

    Virtually everything.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    One really vicious trip through a frozen hell and back again.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll most likely listen to it again...and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Noetic Seeker Broomfield, CO, US 05-25-14
    Noetic Seeker Broomfield, CO, US 05-25-14 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the best Jack Aubrey stories!"
    If you could sum up The Unknown Shore in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unknown Shore?

    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..


    What about Patrick Tull’s performance did you like?

    As usual he was superb!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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