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Captain Jack Aubrey sails away from the hated Australian prison colonies in his favourite vessel the Surprise, pondering on middle age and sexual frustration. He soon becomes aware that he is out of touch with the mood of his ship: to his astonishment he finds that in spite of a lifetime's experience he does not know what the foremost hands or even his own officers are thinking.

They know, as he does not, that the Surprise has a stranger aboard: and what they, for their part, do not know is that the stranger is potentially as dangerous as a light in the powder magazine itself.

©1992 Patrick O'Brian (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Mark
  • 10-15-13

Fantastic again....

As always the characterisations and story are captivating for those of us who follow Lucky Jack and Stephen Mturin through their voyages. For me again it is made all the more enjoyable by the fantastic narration of Ric Jerrom. I love my audio books replacing the little time I have for reading these days with the joys of listening to a master telling me the story as i travel to and from work. He seems to have the knack of making all the characterisations real and enjoyable and unlike many narrators it does not grate when a male narrator tries to dramatise a female character. Enjoyable stuff as always. On to the next one. As long as they keep churning out the books narrated by Mr Jerrom I will keep downloading them. Thanks Audible and thanks Ric

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  • N. A. Bowling
  • 05-22-16

A woman on board is always bad news.

or is it? another cracker, well narrated with tropical adventure aplenty for jack and Stephen

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  • Mr
  • 07-31-15

As before...

Can't get enough of the Aubrey/Maturin series. I was a serial reader and now I'm a serial listener!

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  • ben
  • 03-10-15

More of the same

Not sure why you need a review of this book. You're either well invested by now, and know what to expect or you should start at the beginning!

That aside, another naval romp in the same vein as previous entries in the series. Not the best of them but solid nonetheless

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  • william
  • 02-24-14

O'Brian at his best

Where does Clarissa Oakes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think "Clarissa Oakes" is my favourite in the series

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack Aubrey, because his character has developed as he has grown older, whereas Steven Maturin is still as enigmatic as when we first met him.

Which character – as performed by Ric Jerrom – was your favourite?

Killick, surly, rather stupid, faithful, and devoted to Jack Aubrey

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The unspoken understanding between Aubrey and his coxswain Bonden not to maroon Oakes and the stowaway Clarissa

Any additional comments?

I look forward to the rest of the series

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  • john
  • 02-19-17

plot not found

Compared with the previous 14 Aubrey-Maturin audiobooks I have much enjoyed, this audiobook was "Missing in Action". There is almost no plot. Often the text was boring, even tedious. If it was the first of the series, there probably would not be a second.

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  • Ben Briggs
  • 10-30-16

pboz

as usual EXCELLENT STIRY NARRATION PREZENTATION AT USUAL SHPER STANDARD.
ENJOYED IT IN ALL RESLECTS