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Master and Commander Audiobook

Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Let more academic folk reach for Moby Dick; I'll take the Aubrey / Maturin series every time. The first of what has been called "the best [series of] historical novels ever written", Master and Commander has everything a good adventure story needs: well-drawn characters, a unique backdrop, and rousing action. And in Patrick Tull, it has the perfect narrator - the voice of an old sea dog who enjoys nothing more than sharing a well-told tale. —Ed Walloga

Publisher's Summary

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.

Don't miss the rest of the Aubrey/Maturin series.

©1984 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC.

What the Critics Say

"The best historical novels ever written." (The New York Times Book Review)
"No writer alive can move one as O'Brian can; no one can make you laugh so loud with hilarity, whiten your knuckles with unbearable tension or choke with emotion. He is the master." (Irish Times)

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    John 11-03-15
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    "Great naval historical fiction series!"
    What did you love best about Master and Commander?

    Fun, captivating, historically correct and intricately detailed. A rare treat!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Historical and maritime detail.


    Any additional comments?

    I owe a great debt of thanks to the USNA Alumni and Naval Officer who recommended this series to me. A wonderful listen. I find myself sitting in my car or walking around the block with the dog an extra time while listening so as to prolong the pleasure.

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    Clinton F. 09-26-15
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    "An all time favorite series"

    I absolutely adore The Master and Commander books. The writing, the characters, and Patrick Tull's superb narration have become like dear old friends. I have listened to most books in the series multiple times. And that's saying a lot, given that there are 20 of them :)

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    R. Wyman California 09-19-15
    R. Wyman California 09-19-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Fabulous"

    This was my third time through the story (first time with Audible) and I love it even more; I can't wait to experience the entire series. Bravo.

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    giniajim USA 09-04-15
    giniajim USA 09-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fabulous"
    If you could sum up Master and Commander in three words, what would they be?

    Hard to pick three words. Realism. Accuracy. Brilliant descriptions of the sailing life on the 19th century war ships. And a tough life it was especially for the enlisted men.


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    Aseehorn228 08-02-15
    Aseehorn228 08-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent performance of an amazing story."

    The story is captivating. The narration is fantastic. I have listened to the entire series 3 times. highly recommended

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    David Wong Orlando, Florida United States 07-11-15
    David Wong Orlando, Florida United States 07-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "THE BEST NAUTICAL FICTION EVER!"

    And Patrick Tull brings it to life as no other. Why would you ever want to listen to an abridged version. Like drinking diet coke or skipping dessert. This is full strength Patrick O'Brian. Just like the coffee the Jack and Stephen love so well.

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    H.H. Hebbronville, TX, United States 06-12-15
    H.H. Hebbronville, TX, United States 06-12-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Fourth time through the series and it is still fantastic!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and series. Please understand that the series is much more about the friendship of Jack and Stephen than it is the sea battles. The first time through I was turned off by the lack of action in some of the books until I realized this. Also, the narrator is consistently good throughout. The voices are spot-on and are easily recognizable. Patrick Tull has received some bad comments but I believe that these are from people who are expecting a near-perfect monotone rather than the voice acting that is done here. In summary, this is one of my favorites and has given me a real passion to learn more about the Age of Tall Ships.

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    Vince USA 05-26-15
    Vince USA 05-26-15
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    "Even better on the second listen."

    I've listened to all 21 books previously. I finished about 10 years ago.

    The first book is even better the second time around. Patrick Tull is the master and commander of narration for this Series. I am looking forward to the next 20 books.

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    G 3 Los Angeles 05-12-15
    G 3 Los Angeles 05-12-15 Member Since 2015

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    "fantastic narrator"

    The nautical terms make following this story tricky at times. the narrator is quite good, and really brought the story to life.

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    Per 04-21-15
    Per 04-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A masterpiece!"
    Any additional comments?

    Upon listening to this book, it is clear why it is a classic. Well researched, well written and well performed. The amount of detail enhances the illusion of authenticity. The language is exquisite, with the writer demonstrating full command of the English language.

    The performance by mr. Tull is also warmly recommended, his voice and diction suits the rich writing and brithish language very well indeed.

    Magnificent, and recommended for any lover of classical high adventure, on the seven seas or otherwise!

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