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  • 1

    Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (285)

    This, the first in the series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging.

    Lisa says: "Surprised that I loved it!"
    Surprised that I loved it!

    This series was recommended to me by my husband. I was doubtful, but decided to try it. I loved it! It's way more than just naval battles, although th..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 06 2009 by Lisa (Salt Lake City, UT, United States)
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    Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (1997)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (895)

    This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

    Frank says: "Choice of Narrators"
    Choice of Narrators

    This is a marvelous series - one which I've purchased to continue as I did not want to wait on my monthly membership credit. The characters are engag..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 23 2010 by Frank (Bluffton, OH, USA)
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    Master and Commander: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Master and Commander is the first of Patrick O’Brian’s now famous Aubrey-Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written. It establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship’s surgeon and an intelligence agent. It displays the qualities which have put O’Brian far ahead of any of his competitors.

    Jefferson says: "Looking at the Sea with Loving Relish"
    Looking at the Sea with Loving Relish

    The first meeting between Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin is humorously inauspicious. At a performance by an Italian quartetto in the music-room of th..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 11 2013 by Jefferson (Jonan-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Japan)
  • 2

    Post Captain: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (186)

    Post Captain is the second novel in Patrick O'Brian's beloved adventure series. In 1803 Napoleon smashes the Peace of Amiens, and Captain Jack Aubrey, Royal Navy, taking refuge in France from his creditors, is interned. He escapes from France, from debtors' prison, from a possible mutiny, and pursues his quarry straight into the mouth of a French-held-harbor.

    Debbie in Plano says: "Narrator preference"
    Narrator preference

    I have to agree that it is a matter of preference between the two narrators. Based on the two other reviews, I listened to some samples of Patrick Tu..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 28 2005 by Debbie in Plano (Plano, TX United States)
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    Post Captain: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (382)

    The Peace of Amiens has left Jack Aubrey with no ship, no enemy to pursue, and no possibility of prize money to supplement his meager income. His decision to seek refuge from his troubles, and creditors, in France proves doubly disastrous.

    A. F. Latronica III says: "A fair shake"
    A fair shake

    My addiction to this series started as soon as I picked up "Master and Commander" on a recommendation for Leo Laporte of TWIT. Its not my usual genre..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 05 2008 by A. F. Latronica III (South Carolina)
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    Post Captain: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    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.

    jokeyjon says: "A brilliant series performed beatifully"
    A brilliant series performed beatifully

    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 f..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 15 2012 by jokeyjon ()
  • 3

    H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (169)

    Third in the series of Aubrey-Maturin adventures, this book is set among the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent and in the distant waters ploughed by the ships of the East India Company. Aubrey is on the defensive, pitting wits and seamanship against an enemy enjoying overwhelming local superiority. But somewhere in the Indian Ocean lies the prize that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams: the ships sent by Napoleon to attack the China Fleet.

    Lawrence says: "Excellent Narration"
    Excellent Narration

    It appears there is strong feeling about the different readers. The full series will be available from both readers within months. I find both readers..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 16 2007 by Lawrence (Greensboro, NC, United States)
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    H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (330)

    At the opening of his third novel in an ongoing adventure series by Patrick O'Brian, Jack Aubrey is cruising off Cape Sicie when his friend Stephen Maturin (more serenely situated in Sussex) is informed of the Board's decision regarding Aubrey's prize money, taken after victorious engagement with a Spanish squadron at Cape Santa Maria. The money, five million pieces of eight, is not, as is the custom of war, to be divided among the crews of the four victorious vessels.

    Bob says: "A pleasure to listen to"
    A pleasure to listen to

    If you enjoyed the first 2 books you'll love this one as well. Patrick Tull continues to provide really superb narration: he excels at weaving through..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 14 2004 by Bob (Benton, AR, USA)
  • 4

    The Mauritius Command: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (132)

    Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half pay without a command, until Stephen Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a commodore's pennant, there to mount an expedition against the French-held islands of Mauritius and La Reunion. But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captains, Lord Clonfert, a pleasure-seeking dilettante, and Captain Corbett, whose severity pushes his crew to the verge of mutiny.

    Lawrence says: "Great Reader"
    Great Reader

    I respectfully feel that the other reviewer was unfair. There is a tendency to prefer whichever reader one hears first. In the case of Mr. Vance, he..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 25 2007 by Lawrence (Greensboro, NC, United States)
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    The Mauritius Command: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (260)

    Lucky Jack Aubrey escapes the burdens of domesticity when he is appointed to the post of Admiral for an expedition to the coast of Madagascar where French frigates are threatening one of England's valued trade routes.

    Constance says: "Twists Turns and A Great Story"
    Twists Turns and A Great Story

    My third book of this series that I've downloaded. Based on a true naval and land battle (or series of battles) in the Indian Ocean. Great historica..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 27 2004 by Constance (Detroit, MI, USA)
  • 5

    Desolation Island: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend, surgeon Stephen Maturin, sail the Leopard to Australia with a hold full of convicts. Among them is a beautiful and dangerous spy and a treacherous disease that decimates the crew. With a Dutch man-of-war to windward, the undermanned, outgunned Leopard sails for her life into the freezing waters of the Antarctic, where, in mountainous seas, the Dutchman closes in.

    Robert A. Boyce says: "Terrific Narration"
    Terrific Narration

    I must disagree with those who were not charmed by Vance's narration. I have listened to about a dozen audiobooks and some narrations are execrable a..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 27 2010 by Robert A. Boyce (New York)
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    Desolation Island: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (224)

    Jack's prize money has set the household accounts aright, but if he continues frittering it on naive extravagances, it will be gone in a fortnight. Fortunately he gets a commission aboard the Leopard, bound for Australia to rescue the hated and captive Captain Bligh.

    Gene says: "Most moving chase sequence in the whole series"
    Most moving chase sequence in the whole series

    Not only does this volume contain the most moving naval chase sequence in the entire Aubrey/Maturin series (against the Dutch 74-gun Waakzaamheid), bu..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 13 2004 by Gene (Oak Park, CA, United States)
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    Desolation Island: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend and surgeon Stephen Maturin sail the Leopard to Australia with a hold full of convicts. Among them is a beautiful and dangerous spy - and a dangerous disease which decimates the crew.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • 6

    The Fortune of War: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (139)

    Captain Jack Aubrey, R.N., arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command of the fastest and best-armed frigate in the Royal Navy. He and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a dispatch vessel, but the War of 1812 breaks out while they are en route. Bloody actions precipitate them both into new and unexpected scenes where Stephen's past activities as a secret agent return on him with a vengeance.

    Lawrence says: "Fabulous Narration"
    Fabulous Narration

    I have to weigh in on the side of Vance. The pace of the narration fits the story better than the other version. Contrary to one of the other review..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 16 2007 by Lawrence (Greensboro, NC, United States)
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    The Fortune of War: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (211)

    The H.M.S. Leopard pulled into the bay of Pulo Batang looking more like a shabby merchant ship that a man-of-war. The crew had endured a calamitous voyage plagued by gaol-fever, pursued by the Dutch Waakzaamheid, and struck by an iceberg. Suffice it to say, Jack Aubrey was ready for home.

    Amazon Customer says: "Alternative Entry Point"
    Alternative Entry Point

    This is the most interesting of the first six books in the series for American readers, and as such provides an alternative to starting the series at ..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 21 2004 by Amazon Customer (Houston, TX USA)
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    The Fortune of War: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Captain Jack Aubrey, RN, arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command of the fastest and best-armed frigate in the Navy. He and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a despatch vessel. But the War of 1812 breaks out while they are en route. Bloody actions precipitate them both into new and unexpected scenes where Stephen's past activities as a secret agent return on him with a vengeance.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • 17

    The Commodore: Aubrey-Maturin, Book 17

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Jack Aubrey's long service is at last rewarded: he is promoted to the rank of Commodore and given a squadron of ships to command. His mission is twofold: to make a large dent in the slave trade off the coast of Africa and, on his return, to intercept a French fleet set for Bantry Bay with a cargo of weapons for the disaffected among the Irish. Invention and surprise follow at every turn in this tale of 19th-century seamanship, as rich, as compelling, and as masterly as any of its predecessors.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • 7

    The Surgeon's Mate: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (105)

    Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are ordered home by dispatch 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 attention of two privateers soon becomes menacing. The chase that follows through the fogs and shallows of the Grand Banks is tense, and unexpected in its culmination. Meanwhile in Paris, Diana Villiers anxiously awaits Maturin's safe return.

    A User says: "Great Book Good Narrator"
    Great Book Good Narrator

    I find it very unfair that some of the previous reviews gave this book a bad score because of their preference to another narrator. Simon Vance is a ..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 18 2010 by A User ()
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    The Surgeon's Mate: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (201)

    Jack Aubrey, Post Captain in the British Royal Navy, is suffused with happiness. The Shannon's engagement with the U.S. Chesapeake off the New England coast has resulted in victory, just another in a long string of them for Aubrey, nicknamed Lucky Jack for his tendency to win big. But Jack is less sure-footed by land than by sea.

    Paul says: "surgeon"
    surgeon

    another fine book in the series. just love 'em, but for the life of me, and maybe i missed this, i don't recall a surgeon's mate ever making an appea..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 28 2005 by Paul (Tyler, TX, USA)
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    The Surgeon's Mate: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    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.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • 8

    The Ionian Mission: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans now of many battles, return in this audiobook to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates. But Jack is now a senior captain commanding a line-of-battle ship in the Royal Navy's blockade of Toulon, and this is a longer, harder, colder war than the dashing frigate actions of his early days.

    Michael says: "Enjoyable, but not one of the best in the series"
    Enjoyable, but not one of the best in the series

    Over the years I've read the series from beginning to end twice and am listening my way through it this time. "The Ionian Mission" is not as dull or p..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 21 2013 by Michael (Kent, OH, USA)
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    The Ionian Mission: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (199)

    Shoved into a temporary command in "that rotten old Worcester," Aubrey is off to the Mediterranean to join the Royal Navy's blockade of the French port of Toulon, where he will be dispatched by Admiral Harte (unfortunately the same Admiral Harte he cuckolded years ago) on a secret mission that promises to embroil Aubrey in political conflict. His friend Stephen's help notwithstanding, Aubrey faces some of the choppiest waters of his career.

    Jonathan says: "The Ionian Mission"
    The Ionian Mission

    Although this is the first of the series to hit the doldrums, it's saved by humor on several levels, and the ending.

    For the audio versi..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 16 2008 by Jonathan (Littleton, MA 01460)
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    The Ionian Mission: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans of many battles, return in this novel to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates. But Jack is now a senior captain, commanding a line-of-battle ship sent out to reinforce the squadron blockading Toulon, and this is a longer, harder, colder war than the dashing frigate action of his early days.... A sudden turn of events takes him and Stephen off on a hazardous mission to the Greek islands. All his old skills of seamanship - and luck when fighting against odds - come triumphantly into their own as the story concludes with some fierce and thrilling action.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • 9

    Treason's Harbour: The Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    All of Patrick O'Brian's strengths are on parade in this novel of action and intrigue, set partly in Malta, partly in the treacherous, pirate-infested waters of the Red Sea. While Captain Aubrey worries about repairs to his ship, Stephen Maturin assumes the center stage, for the stockyards and salons of Malta are alive with Napoleon's agents and the admiralty's intelligence network is compromised. Maturin's cunning is the sole bulwark against sabotage of Aubrey's daring mission.

    Will says: "O'Brian+Vance=perfection"
    O'Brian+Vance=perfection

    The books in this series are clearly exceptional.

    It's also clear in reading other reviews of the Aubrey/Maturin series, you're either a ..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 05 2006 by Will (Columbia, SC, United States)
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    Treason's Harbour: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (189)

    The espionage activities of cunning ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin have kept him at odds with the most important French agent in the Mediterranean, Lesueur, a man with a long memory and a taste for revenge. When that revenge takes the shape of the delicate and distracting Mrs. Fielding, who also attracts the ever-wandering eye of Jack Aubrey, Stephen's sensibilities are severely tested.

    Constance says: "Every book gets better"
    Every book gets better

    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 2..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 31 2005 by Constance (Detroit, MI, USA)
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    Treason's Harbour: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    While Captain Aubrey worries about repairs to his ship, Stephen Maturin assumes the centre stage; for the dockyards and salons of Malta are alive with Napoleon's agents, and the admiralty's intelligence network is compromised. Maturin's cunning is the sole bulwark against sabotage of Aubrey's daring mission. All of Patrick O'Brian's strengths are on parade in this novel of action and intrigue, set partly in Malta, partly in the treacherous, pirate-infested waters of the Red Sea.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • 10

    The Far Side of the World: The Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (97)

    The War of 1812 continues, and Jack Aubrey sets course for Cape Horn on a mission after his own heart: intercepting a powerful American frigate outward bound to play havoc with the British whaling trade. Stephen Maturin has orders of his own in the world of secret intelligence. Disaster in various guises awaits them in the Great South Sea and in the far reaches of the Pacific: typhoons, castaways, shipwrecks, murder, and criminal insanity.

    Mark says: "Pleasantly Suprised"
    Pleasantly Suprised

    When I purchased this audio book I was concerned that it would be boring and no where as good as the printed book. I was dead wrong. This audio book h..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 10 2008 by Mark (lucedale, MS, USA)
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    The Far Side of the World: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (189)

    The South Seas are a paradise for battle-weary Captain Jack Aubrey and ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin. But their peace is disturbed when Stephen's fancy for a peculiar marine organism lands him overboard. Acting in his usual headstrong fashion, Jack dives into the rescue, unfortunately failing to plan what will happen once they are both in the water watching the sails of the Surprise disappear in the mist.

    Jean says: "The Far side of the World"
    The Far side of the World

    What a great sailing story. Not much of a story about naval battles but this story give a fabulous insight into Naval life of the 1790's. The infor..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 21 2011 by Jean (Santa Cruz, CA, United States)
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    The Far Side of the World: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    It is still the War of 1812 and Jack Aubrey - with his tetchy, sardonic friend Stephen Maturin - has set course across the South Atlantic to intercept a powerful American frigate outward bound to play havoc with the British whaling trade. If they do not come up with her before she rounds the Horn, they must follow her into the Great South Sea and as far across the Pacific as she may lead them.

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  • 11

    The Reverse of the Medal: The Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (85)

    Captain Jack Aubrey, R.N., ashore after a successful tour of duty, is persuaded by a casual acquaintance to make certain investments in the city. This innocent decision ensnares him in the London criminal underground and in government espionage, the province of his friend Stephen Maturin. Is Aubrey's humiliation and the threatened ruin of his career a deliberate plot?

    Teahouse Fox says: "Hulled at the waterline... by politicians!"
    Hulled at the waterline... by politicians!

    Captain Jack Aubrey is many great things. Brilliant tactician, gifted astronomer, navigator and mathematician, and a skilled violinist. He is already..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 20 2012 by Teahouse Fox (MD, United States)
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    The Reverse of the Medal: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (169)

    Jack Aubrey is back in London after a successful mission. On the advice of an acquaintance he uses the time to invest some of his prize money. However when the investments link him to London's powerful criminal element and land him in jail it looks as if he has lost his post captaincy and the H.M.S. Surprise. It is once again up to ship's surgeon and covert agent Stephen Maturin to rescue his hapless friend.

    Jonathan says: "Most Moving"
    Most Moving

    Just when you thought you’d had enough of this series, around the time the man hating tattooed Polynesian gals who sailed the sea looking to deprive m..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 24 2008 by Jonathan (Littleton, MA 01460)
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    The Reverse of the Medal: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Jack Aubrey returns from his duties protecting whalers off South America and is persuaded by a casual acquaintance to make investments in the City on the strength of supposedly certain information. This innocent decision ensnares him in the London criminal underground and in government espionage - the province of his friend Stephen Maturin. Is Aubrey's humiliation and the threatened ruin of his career a deliberate plot?

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • 12

    The Letter of the Marque: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    In the early 1800s, the British Navy stands as the only bulwark against the militant fanaticism of Napoleonic France. Jack Aubrey, a brilliant and experienced officer, has been struck off the list of post-captains for a crime he has not committed. His old friend, Stephen Maturin, usually acting as the ship's surgeon to cover his activities on behalf of British intelligence, has bought for Aubrey his old ship, the Surprise, to command as a privateer.

    HomeFixers says: "Letter of the Marque read by Simon Vance"
    Letter of the Marque read by Simon Vance

    Due to the couple of poor reviews of the Simon Vance version I thought this might be a good opportunity to check out the Patrick Tull narration of thi..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 12 2012 by HomeFixers ()
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    The Letter of Marque: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (173)

    In The Letter of Marque, Jack is once again aboard his beloved Surprise but stripped of his post captaincy for a crime he did not commit. Bought by Stephen, the Surprise has become a privateer. Sailing into French waters, the two concoct a desperate mission which, if successful, may redeem Aubrey from his state of disgrace.

    Farlow says: "Two Patricks"
    Two Patricks

    I have listened to all the Aubrey/Maturin books,each narrated by Patrick Tull,unabridged, and will start at the beginning to savor them all again.I t..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 12 2004 by Farlow (BALTIMORE , MD, USA)
  • 13

    The Thirteen Gun Salute

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    Captain Jack Aubrey sets sail for the South China Sea with a new lease on life. Following his dismissal from the Royal Navy on a false accusation, he has earned reinstatement through his daring exploits as a privateer. Now he is to shepherd Stephen Maturin - his friend, ship's surgeon, and sometime intelligence agent - on a diplomatic mission to prevent links between Bonaparte and the Malay princes.

    Mary says: "Definitly a thirteen gun salute!"
    Definitly a thirteen gun salute!

    The first time I heard Simon Vance as a narrator, I thought he did a good job; the Thirteen Gun Salute was very enjoyable.

    Reviewed on October 10 2009 by Mary (Apopka, FL, United States)
  •  

    The Thirteen-Gun Salute: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (182)

    Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin set sail aboard the Diane for the South China Sea, shepherding a diplomatic mission to prevent links between Bonaparte and the Malay princes. If their mission fails, English merchant shipping in the area will be threatened. At the barbaric court of Pulo Prabang, the stage is set for a duel of intelligence agents, pitting the savage cunning of Stephen Maturin against the French envoys, who are already entrenched in the Sultan's favor.

    Justin says: "Perhaps the best one I've heard"
    Perhaps the best one I've heard

    It would be difficult to single out one Aubrey/Maturin series novel that shines above the rest, but _The Thirteen Gun Salute_ would definitely be a ca..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 28 2005 by Justin (Blacksburg, VA, USA)
  •  

    The Thirteen-Gun Salute: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Jack Aubrey and his old friend Dr Maturin are sailing on a secret mission with a hand-picked crew, most of them shipmates from the adventures and lucrative voyages of earlier years.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • 14

    The Nutmeg of Consolation

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (83)

    Shipwrecked on a remote island, Captain Jack Aubrey and the crew of the Diane fashion a schooner from the wreck, only to have their makeshift vessel burned in an attack by Malay pirates. Their escape from this predicament is one that only the ingenuity of Patrick O'Brian - or Stephen Maturin - could devise.

    Saxon says: "My favorite so far"
    My favorite so far

    This one is lots of fun. It's packed with action and adventure. The now shipwrecked crew of the Diana fight for their lives by land and sea. If the..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 19 2008 by Saxon ()
  •  

    The Nutmeg of Consolation: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (170)

    When last seen, Jack and Stephen had been shipwrecked on a desert island in the glittering South China Sea. The Nutmeg of Consolation opens as the castaways fashion a makeshift vessel from the wreckage, only to have it destroyed in a fiery attack by Malay pirates. Only the wondrous ingenuity of Stephen, along with the unexpected appearance of one of Jack's oldest allies, leads them to escape, and to dubious safety in a penal colony at New South Wales.

    Jean says: "The Nutmeg"
    The Nutmeg

    Patrick Tull does his usual great job in narrating this story. This book picks up where the last one left off on a deserted island building a boat to..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 28 2011 by Jean (Santa Cruz, CA, United States)
  •  

    The Nutmeg of Consolation: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Shipwrecked on a remote island in the Dutch East Indies, Captain Aubrey, surgeon and secret intelligence agent Stephen Maturin, and the crew of the Diane fashion a schooner from the wreck. A vicious attack by Malay pirates is repulsed, but the makeshift vessel burns, and they are truly marooned. Their escape from this predicament is one that only the whimsy and ingenuity of Patrick O Brian or Stephen Maturin could devise.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • 15

    The Truelove

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    In this 15th installment of the Aubrey-Maturin series, a British whaler has been captured by an ambitious chief in the Sandwich Islands at French instigation, and Captain Aubrey is dispatched with the Surprise to restore order. But stowed away in the cable-tier is an escaped female convict.

    Jean says: "enjoyable"
    enjoyable

    One of my father's favorite authors, but I wasn't sure it would be my cup of tea. I ended up enjoying the book, and the narrator's performance added ..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 20 2010 by Jean (Pittsburgh, PA USA)
  •  

    The Truelove: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (151)

    A British whaler has been captured by an ambitious chief in the Friendly Isles, and Captain Jack Aubrey is dispatched to restore order. But Jack must first contend with an escaped convict who has stowed away on the Surprise, an attractive female convict who is driving the crew to awkward courtliness and dangerous jealousies.

    Dennis says: "We all seek Truelove, some find some not"
    We all seek Truelove, some find some not

    Action, Suffering, Enlightenment

    Reviewed on February 17 2013 by Dennis (FORT PIERCE, FL, United States)
  • 16

    The Wine-Dark Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (70)

    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 Maturin's mission, which is to ignite the revolutionary tinder of South America. Aubrey will survive a desperate open-boat journey and come face-to-face with his illegitimate black son.

    Diane says: "recommend this book"
    recommend this book

    the reader was excellent. the book itself is as enjoyable as the others in this series (The Aubry-Maturin Series)

    Reviewed on April 29 2010 by Diane (Austin, TX, United States)
  •  

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (148)

    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.

    Margaret says: "Patrick Tull is the only narrator to choose"
    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 su..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 05 2008 by Margaret (boston, MA, USA)
  •  

    The Wine-Dark Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    At the opening of a voyage filled with disaster and delight, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are in pursuit of a privateer sailing under American colours through the Great South Sea. Stephen's objective is to set the revolutionary tinder of South America ablaze to relieve the pressure on the British government which has blundered into war with the young and uncomfortably vigorous United States. The shock and barbarity of hand-to-hand fighting are sharpened by O'Brian's exact sense of period, his eye for landscape and his feel for a ship under sail.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • 17

    The Commodore

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    Having survived a long, desperate adventure in the Great South Sea, Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin return to England to very different circumstances. For Jack, it is a happy homecoming, at least initially, but for Stephen, it's disastrous. His little daughter appears to be autistic, while his wife, Diana, unable to bear this situation, has disappeared. Much of the story takes place on land, though Aubrey and Maturin are soon sent on a mission.

    Robert says: "Not Up To Snuff"
    Not Up To Snuff

    I've enjoyed O'Brian's series over the years. They have been great beach books and great long-drive audio books. This is the only book in the series..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 15 2007 by Robert (Berkeley, CA, USA)
  •  

    The Commodore: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (139)

    After a dangerous tour of duty in the Great South Sea, Jack and Stephen finally return to their families in England. For Jack, the return is joyful, but for Stephen, it is heartbreaking. His wife, Diana, has left for parts unknown; his young daughter has all the symptoms of autism. To escape these painful circumstances, Stephen joins Jack on a bizarre decoy mission to the lagoons of the Gulf of Guinea.

    Jonathan says: "Patrick Tull is a master"
    Patrick Tull is a master

    I love the entire series as books. I didn't really get how wonderful audiobooks can be, though, until I heard these readings by Patrick Tull. They are..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 20 2010 by Jonathan (Madison, WI, United States)
  • 18

    The Yellow Admiral

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    Life ashore may once again be the undoing of Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy. With the outbreak of peace in 1814, Aubrey fears being "yellowed" - that is, nominally promoted to the rank of admiral without a squadron to command. But Stephen Maturin returns from France with the news that the Chileans, to secure their independence, require an English navy. And just as Jack is dusting off his captain's hat, an urgent dispatch orders him to Gibraltar: Napoleon has escaped from Elba.

    Nick says: "another great story in the long line of great"
    another great story in the long line of great

    I love this book like all of the master and comander books! And Simon Vance is the best narrator to do them! 5 0f 5 stars!

    Reviewed on December 12 2012 by Nick (Merriam, KS, United States)
  •  

    The Yellow Admiral: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (141)

    While surviving life-threatening adventures at sea, Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin find life on land to be even more perilous. Aubrey has dimmed his prospects of an admiralty by his erratic voting in Parliament. He is on even worse terms with his wife, Sophie, when his mother-in-law ferrets out a trove of old personal letters. Fortunately, Maturin brings news that the Chileans need the two seafaring friends to train their navy.

    Constance says: "It's an Addiction"
    It's an Addiction

    Ok, this is the 17th book in the series that I've read. Each has been a journey you want to finish but dread to end. There's a little more dry land ..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 22 2005 by Constance (Detroit, MI, USA)
  • 19

    The Hundred Days

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    When Napoleon escapes from Elba, the fate of Europe hinges on a desperate mission: Stephen Maturin must ferret out the French dictator's secret link to the powers of Islam, and Jack Aubrey must destroy it. Napoleon, like a vengeful phoenix, pursues his enemies across Europe. If he can corner the British and Prussians before their Russian and Austrian allies arrive, his genius will lead the French armies to triumph at Waterloo.

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  •  

    The Hundred Days: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (141)

    Patrick O'Brian transports you to the high seas of the Napoleonic era when the French demagogue is making a desperate attempt to control the European world. While Napoleon pursues the British across Europe, rumors fly about him forging a secret link with the forces of Islam. Soon an ominous horde of Muslim mercenaries gather.

    Bearwife says: "Another fabulous installment"
    Another fabulous installment

    in the Aubrey Maturin series. Patrick Tull cannot be topped as the narrator -- he takes me right back to the 19th century and makes me feel that Jack..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 28 2005 by Bearwife (Seattle, WA USA)
  • 20

    Blue at the Mizzen

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    Napoleon has been defeated at Waterloo, but the ensuing peace becomes ugly for Captain Jack Aubrey, with violent celebrations of the English sailors in Gibraltar and the desertion of nearly half his crew. To cap it all off, the Surprise is nearly sunk in a shattering night collision on the first leg of her journey to South America, where Jack and Stephen are to help Chile assert her independence from Spain.

    Nancy says: "Read this Series"
    Read this Series

    I would recommend the entire series, read by Simon Vance, to anyone who desires:
    1. A good series of stories - not one less than the other
    2...Show More »

    Reviewed on December 06 2011 by Nancy (Rigby, ID, United States)
  •  

    Blue at the Mizzen: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (139)

    With his swashbuckling adventures, best-selling novelist Patrick O'Brian transports you to the high seas of old, where privateers lurk in the mist, and great ships fight to control the waterways. Blue at the Mizzen hoists the excitement to new heights as British frigate commander Jack Aubrey stakes everything on a desperate raid against the mighty Spanish fleet. Ever since Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo, Captain Aubrey's prospects in the new peacetime navy have looked dim.

    Aidan says: "Sorry that it is over!"
    Sorry that it is over!

    I have just spent the last 2 years listening to the 20 books in this series. It has been superb. This book does not disappoint, and for those that h..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 21 2006 by Aidan (Gilbert, AZ, USA)
  • 21

    21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick O’Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Blue at the Mizzen ended with Jack Aubrey getting the news of his elevation to flag rank: Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron, with orders to sail to South Africa. The next novel, never completed, would have been the chronicle of that mission and much else besides. The three chapters left on O'Brian's desk at the time of his death are presented here. Though tantalizingly incomplete, these pages prove that O'Brian's humor, powers of observation, and understanding of his characters were undiminished to the end.

    D. Arkless says: "still a "must have""
    still a "must have"

    finish it. bring in a new author as was done with 007 series and continue the books

    Reviewed on August 11 2012 by D. Arkless (NE Oregon)
  •  

    21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (85)

    Best-selling author Patrick O'Brian became a legend with his beloved Aubrey-Maturin seafaring tales. O'Brian received further attention with the critically acclaimed film adaptation, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, which was nominated for 10 Academy Awards¿ and won two.

    Casey says: "A Sad Farewell"
    A Sad Farewell

    It's with great sadness that I finished '21' the final, unfinished adventure of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin in the Master And Commander Series. I..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 11 2005 by Casey (Valencia, CA, United States)