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©1983 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC.
"...comic, grim, farcical, and tragic. An essential of the truly gripping book for the narrative addict is the creation of a whole, solidly living world for the imagination to inhabit, and O'Brian does this with prodigal specificity and generosity." (A.S. Byatt)
Wonderful story, great continuing characters. Patrick Tull's narration is the best I've heard on any audio book. Start with the first book in this 21 book series and you'll be hooked. It helps to see the movie, Master and Commander, but that script was taken from several books and it omits the important Maturin espionage part of the plots throughout.
Finally, an accent (Italian woman), that Patrick Tull cannot do with perfection.
The book is a typical M&C - Jack is sailing around doing Jack things, while the Doctor is up to his capers and collecting organisms.
If you've ever wondered how they can do all that swimming in the ocean and never get attacked by sharks, you're questions are answered in this book. And it's particularly gruesome.....
Very enjoyable listen. The end looked tedious, but was a very big surprise, including the death of a long time character.
I had worried about a series so long, glad to find the middle still entertains and pleases! I'd reccomend it to anyone with any interest in the sea or period history... quite good!
Similar to the last book in style of course, but they also both end abruptly with tense sailing action! Another good one in the series!
Killick is always my favorite in all the books... his grumbling always makes me laugh!
much tho I'd be tempted to say Jack or Steven, tho he might get tedious, I'd probably most enjoy dinner and drinks with the midshipmen... it would be neat to see them outside of their forced formality with members of rank and I bet they'd tell the best stories!
Glad to see this one get back more to the sea side of things... it got bogged down there for a while with ladies, laws, and finances while all my favorite parts are at sea. Glad to read this one as more of a return to the more adventurous and discovering aspects... with some heated battles to get your blood pumping! Much Better By Me!
I am an avid eclectic reader
This book had more with Maturin as a spy as well as the ship's physician. Loved the descriptions of Malta and I followed on the map the land travel across the Suez to the Red Sea. Patrick Tull is a great narrator. Can not wait to listen to book 10.
...characters you'll know like friends. An immersive atmosphere, enough action to engage, but not a surfeit of it. And, best of all, the right narrator. Patrick Tull was made for this work, and when he's reading it, the happiest words in the English language are:
I love all of the Aubrey/Maturin Series but this books storyline was surprising and has added more of a desire for the next books in the series.
I'm not happy with this particular narration and find it lacking in comparison to the version from the publisher.
Once again O'brian builds a world that seems complete in every way and then takes the "reader" on an insiders tour of that world. And Patrick Tull as a narrator brings it all to life.
I love this series but I can't listen to anymore of it because it is only available with Patrick Tull narration. If you like to hear all the characters read in an old scratchy pirate/bridge troll voice this is the narrator for you. Simon Vance is soooo much better but not available anymore. Sad.
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