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....
Best-selling author Patrick O'Brian turns to Commodore Anson's famous 1740 voyage for this rich tale of exploration and adventure....
In 1740, two young Irishmen, lifelong friends Peter and Sean, join Commodore Anson and his crew on their quest for fortune and fame on the golden ocean....
December 1773, Falmouth. The young Bolitho looks forward to a family Christmas in Cornwall while the Gorgon is refitted....
1799. As the British Army fights its way through India toward a diabolical trap, the young and illiterate private Richard Sharpe must battle both man and beast behind enemy lines....
It is still the War of 1812 and Jack Aubrey - with his tetchy, sardonic friend Stephen Maturin - has set course across the South Atlantic to intercept a powerful American frigate outward bound to play havoc with the British whaling trade. If they do not come up with her before she rounds the Horn, they must follow her into the Great South Sea and as far across the Pacific as she may lead them.
But Aubrey has to cope with a succession of disasters - men overboard, castaways, encounters with savages, storms, typhoons, groundings, shipwrecks, to say nothing of murder and criminal insanity.
Having been a Patrick O'Brian fan since the 1990s I am delighted that the novels are now being produced as unabridged audio books with the talented Ric Jerrom managing to capture every character with a different and convincing voice, often within the same sentence. Robert Hardy made some great audio recordings about 10 years ago but, being abridged, they did not do justice to this a amazing canon of work. For anyone new to the Aubrey-Maturin novels, you have a treat in store, this is Hornblower meets John Le Carre with Origin of Species, as these unlikely friends travel the world in the service of the Royal Navy of the Napoloeonic era. Maturin is a surgeon, spy and naturalist and shares with Captain Aubrey and the reader the complex political issues of the time and the discoveries of science. However he knows nothing of the sea, giving Aubrey a reason to explain to him and us the workings of the ship and the tactics of naval warfare. This book, The Far Side of the World perhaps contains more action than any other, with the pair going round the Horn into the Pacific and surviving, amongst many other adventures, being lost overboard and, after their miraculous rescue, being plucked from a desert island occupied by mutineers.
The publishers are releasing each new recording on the 1st of the month which is great for us enthusiasts. However, this time they have slipped up on the editing. Ric Jerrom is clearly a perfectionist, if he is not satisfied with the intonation or emphasis of a sentence he reads it again. Several of these have not been edited out and if they would please attend to this in future releases, a perfect outcome will have been achieved.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Good story well narrated but lots of repeated sentences due to poor production. way below the usual standard.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Well read by narrator
Typically excellent story by Patrick O Brian
Totally recommend this book
I was left breathless at the end. The best yet, in terms of performance and story!! What a tale!
thrilling with hardly a shot fired. fascinating flora and fauna of the Galapagos, awful weather, great seamanship and the politics of war make for a great story. needless to say, great narration too
Exciting and full of action, excellent performance from Rick Jerrom. Pity for the many editorial errors.