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"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)
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.
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.
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.
It must, because most reviews are loaded with praise. I missed the boat, it seems. (Pun intended.)
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.
Hip, hop, horray
They're always the same; Aubrey, Maturin, Bonden; having listened to all the books, they feel like friends
Tull is beyond compare. He has all the accents down beautifully, and his voice is perfect for this seafaring classic.
I'd like to listen to all 20+ in one sitting.
A tour de force; I'll have more to say after the last volume.
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 it flowed from the one before and I look forward to the next one
Well, it isn't every night you run into an underwater volcano forming an island, That was very interesting and dangerous
Yes, and I very much enjoyed all of them so far
An Ocean full of surpises
Look forward to reading more the story line is enthralling
I am an avid eclectic reader
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.
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!
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