Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are ordered home by despatch vessel to bring the news of their latest victory to the government. But Maturin is a marked man for the havoc he has wrought in the French intelligence network in the New World, and the attentions of two privateers soon become menacing. The chase that follows through the fogs and shallows of the Grand Banks is as thrilling, as tense, and as unexpected in its culmination as anything Patrick O'Brian has written.
Then, among other things, follows a shipwreck and a particularly sinister internment in the notorious Temple Prison in Paris. Once again, the tigerish and fascinating Diana Villiers redresses the balance in this man's world of seamanship and war.
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"A creditable action!"
i am so glad i finally discovered these wonderful books but whats more Ric Jerroms narration is fantastic! I cannot imagine listening to these tales narrated by anyone else and heres hoping theres more to come soon as i cant wait to get book 8 as narrated by ric
"Well up to standard"
I came to the Aubrey-Maturin series with slight reservations but, as I have now listened to six of them I am clearly "hooked|".
The books are, of course, extremely well written and very idiosyncratic, but quite frankly, I doubt whether I would have got this far in the canon had it not been for Ric Jerrom's narration.
Disregard any criticism you may have read that compares him unfavourably to previous readers - we all tend to anchor our opinions to the first time we saw or heard a performance - and take it from me that Jerrom is quite brilliant.
"Like being there"
The best reading of this or any other book I've heard.. Brilliant enjoyed immensely thanks again.
"More of the same"
Another episode of this reliable and entertaining series. A spell in prison unfortunately reduces the amount of intricate ship-speak for which the series is renowned
I would recommend the book, but not the narration, which is frankly very poor.
Stephen is at his very best in this book, with his wisdom and world-weariness.
Patrick Tull does the seminal narration of this entire series. Ric Jerrom is awful. He even mis-pronounces the names of key characters, such as Diana Villiers and has only 2 or 3 voices to spare between the entire cast. What the producer was up to at the time is a mystery.
Do not be tempted to listed to the version. Get hold of the Patrick Tull version.
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