This tale begins with Jack Aubrey arriving home from his exploits in the Mediterranean to find England at peace following the Treaty of Amiens. He and his friend Stephen Maturin, surgeon and secret agent, begin to live the lives of country gentlemen, hunting, entertaining, and enjoying amorous adventures. Their comfortable existence, however, is cut short when Jack is overnight reduced to a pauper with enough debts to keep him in prison for life. He flees to the continent to seek refuge. Instead he finds himself a hunted fugitive as Napoleon has ordered the internment of all Englishmen in France.
Patrick O'Brian is regarded by many as the greatest historical novelist of the 20th century. Post Captain is the second novel in his remarkable Aubrey/Maturin series.
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"Master and Commander raised dangerously high expectations; Post Captain triumphantly surpasses them." (Mary Renault)
I could not buy these books abridged - half the pleasure is in the recreation of the language of the Georgian navy and the ebbing and flowing of the friendship of the two main characters is a subtle thing.
Ric Jerrom does a fantastic job of narrating and I will wait for the rest of his recordings of the series rather than switching to one of the other versions.
So good that I couldn't wait until my next credits arrived and had to purchase - the first time I have done this!
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
( from Wind in the Willows)
I love the detail about the Tall Ships and life on the sea.
Now that Ric Jerrom appears to be recording the rest in the series I am really looking forward to following the adventures of Aubrey and Maturin.
It seems Patrick O'Brian was a spy himself and that does make these stories that much more interesting.
I suppose great exploits of sneaking into ports, sinking enemy ships, fighting off boarding parties, putting down mutanies, losing one's fortune and without too much of mushy romance even falling in love may seem a bit slow.
Good fun listening for the younger and older alike.
pause for breath,
Anything on the sea, interesting, the social dilemnas, not so much
Yes, just as good
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