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  • The Reverse of the Medal

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 11
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 913
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 668

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most Moving

  • By Jonathan on 01-24-08

Superb, excitong, and moving (as always)

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I've read the entire Aubrey/Maturin series a half dozen times, and now I'm so enjoying listening to the pitch-perfect narration by Patrick Tull. It took 11 n₩ovels, but finally in this one the traitor working for the French, who has wreaked havoc for so long, is finally unmasked! As the good doctor might say, I give you joy of this incomparable book (the whole series really being one magnificent book).

  • Grendel

  • By: John Gardner
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 227

World renowned critic John Gardner has received prestigious awards for his wide range of literary achievements including short stories, novels, and essays. When he turns his talents to retelling Beowulf, the earliest epic in British literature, the result is a work that combines extensive knowledge with a marvelous strain of pure fun. In Gardner's version of the epic, instead of lauding the helmeted hero, Beowulf, the spotlight shines on Grendel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unselfconscious, powerful narration.

  • By Stephanie on 01-12-10

A great novel brought to life

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I loved this book when I first read it many years ago, and it has been delightful to have George Guidall bring it thrillingly to life.

  • The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee

  • Original Chinese Mysteries
  • By: Robert Van Gulik
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

He has much in common with super-sleuths Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, but there's a difference - Judge Dee Jen-djieh was a real person! Gathered here are tales of actual crimes solved by the magistrate of Chang-ping in 7th-century China. Listen as Dee ventures down winding paths in ancient graveyards to consult the spirits of the dead, and hear him solve real-life crimes through astute deductions.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A different legal thriller

  • By Ken on 01-09-03

A delightful sojurn to ancient China

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-18

For those who are interested in ancient Chinese history and culture, the Judge Dee novels are a delight, and so is this recorded book of Robert Van Gulic's novel. Norman Dietz''s narration is first rate, he brings each character to life, and his line readings are invariably rich in nuance and tone.4

  • Post Captain

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 19 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,584

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fair shake

  • By Anthony L. on 10-05-08

The splendid Patrick O'Brian

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-16

I have read the entire Aubrey - Maturin series a half dozen times at least, and I thought I was extremely familiar with the novels, but hearing it read brought a whole new dimension, like seeing it in 3D. Extremely enjoyable and riveting . And hats off to Patrick Hull--what a splendid, lively performance ! His rich voice brought to life every character and scene. Bravo!