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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.
Don't miss the rest of the Aubrey/Maturin series.
©1972 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC.

Critic Reviews

"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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A fair shake

My addiction to this series started as soon as I picked up "Master and Commander" on a recommendation for Leo Laporte of TWIT. Its not my usual genre, but Wow have I become hooked. Based on how much I loved the first book, I was bracing myself for a letdown based on the reviews I read here.

After just finishing "Post Captain", I have to say two things:
1) Patrick Tull is a genius - possibly the single BEST narrator I have heard given that he has such amazing command of the British, Scottish, Irish, and French accents particularly. The characters just come alive - judge for yourself.

2) Unless you're ONLY reading these books for the accounts of engagements at sea, you'll enjoy this book. Yes, they spent a little more time on land, but ultimately, the character development, depth, and dimension that we get on these folks is WELL worth it. Obrian is also so skilled at painting the intricacies of dealing in a society that is so constrained by what is "proper" that relationships all ways round become almost as difficult to navigate as a lee shore. And I was quite satisfied with some outstanding high-seas adventure - when you get to the story about the Harbor with the "Inner Road" and "Outer Road", you'll know what I'm talking about!

If you just finished Master and Commander, and you're hoping the series continues to be good, you're in for a treat! I'm ready to dive into the third book now, and I see no end in sight - these are great!

30 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary
  • Huntsville, AL, United States
  • 02-23-05

Outstanding

I have read many of O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series and think he is one of the best. His wealth of detail and the skill in which he paints his characters is truly awesome. Patrick Tull does such wonderful narration, however, that I will listen to as many of these stores on audiobook as possible in the future so as to gain that new dimension.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Fair sky and a strong wind.

By my word, a good story well told. You?ll not be becalmed in this second book of the series. However, if you are a landsman, you will need to sail the first or you will have to be lucky to catch a good wind. Stephen Maturin does not revisit the rigging for another lesson in naval jargon. A bit deeper and perhaps darker than the first, more is said about the relationships and personalities of the characters.
I can?t say enough about Patrick Tull?s narration, his voice and acting makes the recording and, as far as I can tell, is flawless. Sound quality is good.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Greg
  • Yorba Linda, CA, United States
  • 02-24-04

Awesome

The best historical novel I've ever read. A real step up from the first in character development and plot. Great read.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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One of the Best - Superb - Tull Reigns Supreme

The Aubrey/Maturin series is, as a body of work, the greatest set of novels in the English language. Post Captain is one of the best.

Post Captain introduces both the ladies' auxilary of the series, with fierce Diana and beautiful Sophie, and also shows us the hilarious social commentary of the Austen-loving O'Brian at his best. There is plenty of war action - Jack and Stephen are on a number of ships - and a harrowing, wonderful trek across the Pyrenees with Jack disguised as a bear, ending in a visit to Stephen's castle. (This is a real castle - I have seen it.)

And it introduces us to Stephen's identities as a natural historian and intelligence agent, that give so much color to the books over time.

If you consume these auditorially, accept no substitutions for Patrick Tull as narrator. He is magnificent.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Bruce
  • Gresham, OR, USA
  • 06-22-04

I'm Hooked

I enjoyed the first book so much I downloaded this one, and I wasn't disappointed! Patrick O'Brian not only continued on a great story line, but improved on it in this episode with great humor. I enjoyed it thoroughly and look forward to the rest of the episodes. The only downside being that I haven't found the complete set listed on Audible... are they going to torture us, or keep us coming back?

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Post Captain

Hard to believe that I got more out of hearing this book than I did reading it 10 years ago. Patrick Tull is the better of the two choices for narrator, and his narration is clear and entertaining, more so than the other choice offered by audible.com. Well worth it.

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Narrator controversy ??

Those old timers that saw the movie BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI may remember a famous British actor,Jack Hawkins,who played the British officer that led the attack force to blow the bridge.I actually thought HE was the narrator until I read some of the narrator comments about POST CAPTAIN and realized it was Patrick Tull. They sound so much alike,you'd think they were related.
Tull's is a very Manly voice that suits seaman and officers dialogue very well.True,it is less effective as a woman's voice and Tull's voice has less of the subtle nuances we are used to hearing from Simon Vance[one of the best book narrators you will find anywhere].
While Tull would be ill suited to read Little Women or Pride and Prejudice.....
Post Captain IS a novel primarily about Men and what Men must do.Tull sounds what you would expect a British Seaman to sound like and as such really enhances the story.
I have listened to Simon Vance narrate many books including books by Patrick O'Brian.
Both tell a story in their own way and are excellent in their own way.
Speaking of narrators in the "what it's worth"department....................
The all time best narrator academy award superstar performance goes to Rob Inglis for his narration of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit.I swear it's better than either watching the movie or reading the books.These unabridged versions have only recently become available on Audible and I challenge you to listen to a few chapters without becoming entranced by the magic of his versatility telling a marvelous tale.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Maple Grove, MN, USA
  • 11-22-04

Even better than the first book!

A rivetting story, with very good historical detail. It spends quite a bit of time on shore at the start of the book, but the historical setting is marvellous, and the story told there essential for the rest of the book, and the next books too. Make sure you listen to the unabridged book (you don't want to miss anything), with Patrick Tull reading (an excellent reader).

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Suoerb

Superb writing with wry humor. Wonderful character development. A fine historical novel to savor and enjoy.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful