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The Wine-Dark Sea Audiobook

The Wine-Dark Sea: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 16

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Publisher's Summary

At the outset of this adventure, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin pursue a heavy American privateer through the Great South Sea. Their ship, the Surprise, is now also a privateer, the better to escape diplomatic complications from Stephen's mission, which is to ignite the revolutionary tinder of South America. Jack will survive a desperate open-boat journey and come face to face with his illegitimate black son; Stephen, caught up in the aftermath of his failed coup, will flee for his life into the high, frozen wastes of the Andes; and Patrick O'Brian's brilliantly detailed narrative will reuinte them at last in a breathtaking chase through storm seas and icebergs south of Cape Horn.

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

©1993 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC.

What the Critics Say

"So much better than the competition that comparisons long ago ceased to be relevant: [the Aubrey/Maturin books] are uniquely excellent." (The New York Times)
"Meticulously researched and heart-stoppingly vivid." (Washington Post Book World)

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    Margaret boston, MA, USA 10-05-08
    Margaret boston, MA, USA 10-05-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Patrick Tull is the only narrator to choose"

    Patrick Tull reads the Aubrey/Maturin novels far better than anyone else. Buy the whole series with his voices, to bring alive each character with subtlety and vigor.

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Gotta Tellya Knoxville, TN 04-07-17
    Gotta Tellya Knoxville, TN 04-07-17 Member Since 2013

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    "Not my cup of tea, or port, or grog."
    Would you try another book from Patrick O'Brian and/or Patrick Tull?

    Years ago, after tremendously enjoying the movie Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, I wanted to read the Aubrey/Maturin series starting with book #1. After wading through the first few chapters of that initial volume, I quit. Too much conversation, too much narration, not enough action. I was surprised that I did not enjoy the book, as I do like reading about nautical adventures involving naval sailing ships and customs, such as Mutiny on the Bounty and various biographies of Lord Nelson, Magellan and Captain Cook. When I recently spotted excellent reviews of this 16th book in Patrick O'Brian's series, I decided to chance its Audible version. Perhaps a good narration would make all the difference. Sadly, not for me. Once again, there was too much conversation, too much narration, not enough action. I realize that I am alone at sea in this opinion. I sailed against the wind to the halfway point in this book, but I'm not going to finish it. For me the pleasure derived is so small that it does not warrant the time and effort involved.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick O'Brian again?

    No.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Patrick Tull has a great storytelling voice and manner. However, in the case of this book, I'm not sure he was the best choice. He came across as a crusty old salt no matter which character's lines he was speaking, and some of those characters were written as being cultured and sophisticated. I understand that Simon Vance also narrated this series of books. I like Vance a great deal, but doubt that even he could have rescued this experience for me.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It must, because most reviews are loaded with praise. I missed the boat, it seems. (Pun intended.)


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps I am better suited to reading nonfiction sea adventures. Don't let this review stop you from checking out this book, if you are so inclined. Reviews aren't always a matter of the merits of books so much as an indication of subjective experience and personal taste. You might find yourself to be a Patrick O'Brian fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. M. Tierney Jr. 01-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "If you've gotten this far, you don't need a review"
    If you could sum up The Wine-Dark Sea in three words, what would they be?

    Hip, hop, horray


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They're always the same; Aubrey, Maturin, Bonden; having listened to all the books, they feel like friends


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

    Tull is beyond compare. He has all the accents down beautifully, and his voice is perfect for this seafaring classic.


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

    I'd like to listen to all 20+ in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    A tour de force; I'll have more to say after the last volume.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 02-19-13
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 02-19-13 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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    "The ocean can be a wild place"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wine-Dark Sea the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the story it flowed from the one before and I look forward to the next one


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wine-Dark Sea?

    Well, it isn't every night you run into an underwater volcano forming an island, That was very interesting and dangerous


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

    Yes, and I very much enjoyed all of them so far


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

    An Ocean full of surpises


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to reading more the story line is enthralling

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-25-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-25-11 Member Since 2017

    I am an avid eclectic reader

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    "The Wine Dark Sea"

    Patrick O'Brian did a great job narrating this story. This is an interesting tale the first half deals mostly with Aubrey and sailing along with sea battles. The description of the wine dark sea, earthquakes and the volcanic explosion in the ocean was fascinating. The second half deal more with Maturin and the politics and intrigue of Peru and Chili. Then his trek along the Andean Mt's to Chili with the naturalist description. Interesting book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S. C. Shepard UNIONTOWN, OHIO, US 02-07-16
    S. C. Shepard UNIONTOWN, OHIO, US 02-07-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Superb!"

    You will physically ache for them to live and get home again and again in this story as if they were real people and not fictional characters. I never want them to end even though I know all good things must end. Wonderful stuff!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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