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Publisher's Summary

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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  • HCBinVT
  • Vermont, United States
  • 05-13-16

great writing and great reading

Tge 21 Aubrey-Maturin volumes by Patrick O'Brian may constitute the longest novel in the English language. Patrick Tull (RIP) loves the stories and the characters and gives each one his own unmistakable voice. In 30 years of listening to recorded books I've found nothing else that comes close.

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It's a Long Series,

This is the 2nd of Patrick O'Brien's great series of the Captain and the Doctor. For some reason, even when I read books for the first time many years ago, Post Captain was a little long-winded. But, it does set us up for so many things to come in future novels.
We do spend a lot of laborious time on shore, when we would rather be at sea fighting a battle. Orator Patrick Tull is really quite at the top of his game, taking us to many emotions both with excitement and color. That alone may be worth this audible.
The stage is set, and it's a long series! You have to read Poat Captain to get to HMS Surprise and beyond. Enjoy.
It's Patrick O'Brien.

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great!!!

a great compliment to Lord and Commander. Highly recommend it and I look forward to the next one

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  • Gene
  • Annapolis, MD, United States
  • 03-20-16

good yarn, but too much expository background

good narration, good story, but I kept getting lost and mired in a belabored side plots and exposition.

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Excellent

Great story excellent performance by reader still loved it the third time!. Do yourself a favor and meet Jack Aubrey!

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The plot was not as fast paced as the first book.

Good book. Love the narrator. Loved the setting. Not as fast paced as the first book. Not sure I will sit through book number three. I was in love with the first book… The bloom is off the rose?

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Great story

Odd background noise and conversation in the narration. Otherwise another great book in the series. Will be continuing the Aubrey-Maturin series.

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Great Book!

Loved it! I used to be in the US Navy. Makes me miss my navy days.

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Hurrah for Jack Aubrey!

If you could sum up Post Captain in three words, what would they be?

Humor. Drama. History. 2nd in a seafaring series. Absolutely delightful.

What other book might you compare Post Captain to and why?

The entire Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brien is extraordinary.

Which character – as performed by Patrick Tull – was your favorite?

Patrick Tull has no equal. He does a boatload of cockney sailors & stuffy British admirals with great elan.

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

Stephen Maturin being fished out of the drink & berated by his boat mates. Hilarious.

Any additional comments?

Both author and narrator have passed away. Makes these books doubly precious.

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  • Kate
  • Johnson, ks, United States
  • 10-02-13

Disappointing Audio

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I love the Master and Commander series so very dearly, but this recording was a bit vexing. Occasionally another voice can be heard faintly in the background, although it appears to be saying the same words just a fraction later than Patrick Tull says them. I still think Patrick Tull does the best reading of these books, I was just a little put off by the phantom voice in the background!