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At the time of his death, Patrick O'Brian was halfway through a novel that continued the famous and much-loved Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin series. The chapters left off with a moment of almost perfect felicity: Jack has seen his illegitimate son ably discharging important duties, Sophie and his daughters are with him, Stephen has a new love, and Jack, at last, is flying a rear-admiral's flag aboard a ship of the line.

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.

Don't miss the rest of the Aubrey/Maturin series.
©1974 Patrick O'Brian. Final Unfinished 2004 The Estate of Patrick O'Brian (P)2005 Soundings

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  • Steve
  • 03-23-17

A Shame to have lost this Genius

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 👍

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  • Simon
  • 01-25-17

Interesting and good to finish the series

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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  • Mr. L. Brown
  • 04-08-15

Terrible music!

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.