These final chapters have been combined with the historical background to the Aubrey/Maturin series, a straightforward exploration of daily life in Nelson's navy. Many questions about naval life are answered in O'Brian's elegant narrative, which includes wonderful anecdotal material on the battles and commanders that established Britain's naval supremacy.
Men at War. I wish I had read that at the start of the sequence. Most interesting. And the few chapters of book 21 make a satisfying full stop to the series. I much preferred Ric Jerrom or Robert Hardy as a read though there is nothing bad about this.
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I am so glad that this unfinished novel was published. I would, however, have preferred it had Ric Jerrom done the narration, having made such a superb job of the series up to this point. From Master & Commander to Blue at the Mizzen, I enjoyed his every word.
This was going to be an interesting novel just such a shame it was unfinished Patrick O'Brian was a genius. Stephen Thorne brings out the characters of O'Brian so convincingly could listen day in day out 👍
Chapters are separated by awful synthesised music - why not have some of the pieces that Jack & Stephen play rather than this rubbish?
Otherwise a reasonably good reading, though I prefer the narration style of Ric Jerrom.