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The Fortune of War Audiobook

The Fortune of War: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 6

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Publisher's Summary

The H.M.S. Leopard pulled into the bay of Pulo Batang looking more like a shabby merchant ship that a man-of-war. The crew had endured a calamitous voyage plagued by gaol-fever, pursued by the Dutch Waakzaamheid, and struck by an iceberg. Suffice it to say, Jack Aubrey was ready for home.

The return journey aboard La Fleche proves delightful for both Aubrey and his particular friend. Stephen Maturin, with high winds and beautiful skies. It is when La Fleche nears the coast of Brazil that tragedy strikes. Accidental fire ravages the ship, forcing the crew into lifeboats. Rescued eventually by the Java, Aubrey and Maturin meet with yet another deterrent to their journey home when the Java engages the U.S.S. Constitution in battle, and loses. Aubrey, now a POW in Boston, waits for word of a prisoner exchange, while Maturin renews his friendship with the raven-haired expatriate, Diana Villiers.

Don't miss the rest of the Aubrey/Maturin series.

©1979 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC.

What the Critics Say

"The Fortune of War is a marvelously full-flavored, engrossing book, which towers over its current rivals in the genre like a three-decker over a ship's longboat." (Times Literary Supplement)

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    Bill Nyden Mountain View, CA, US 02-08-16
    Bill Nyden Mountain View, CA, US 02-08-16 Member Since 2007
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    "After 15 reads, it still grabs me"

    I've read or listened to the entire series at least a dozen times, and it continues to entertain and excite. "The Fortune of War" shows both Jack and Stephen at their primes, the excitement of battle, and O'Brian's sense of humor with the lesser of two weevils and Mr. Evans' facetious explanation of the 'Iroquois "katno aiss' vizmi"'.

    Patrick Tull's rendition of the book continues what is in my opinion the ideal interpretation of the characters' voices.

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    crawford nathan peitso 09-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great"

    Patric tull read the books better than any other! He's the one to look for when buying this series.

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    Angus McGreedy 07-22-15

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    "Another solid entry"

    Loving the series and loving Patrick Tull. He is the voice of O'Brian, and brings the story to life.

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    Phil2_19 05-12-15
    Phil2_19 05-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    Loved it! Every twist, every intrigue, every character was well played. I am torn between listening to it again and hearing the next book in the series. Well worth listening.

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    beardedone 02-16-15
    beardedone 02-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "perfectly done"

    great story, performance, pacing, audio quality, a triumph of the series. I enjoyed it immensely.

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    Jim 02-15-15
    Jim 02-15-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Historical Novel, magnificient narratior"
    Where does The Fortune of War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This entire series is Top Drawer.


    What did you like best about this story?

    French intrigue, American dastardly intended.....Mautrin is at his finest, and Jack plays the part of an injured hero well.


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

    Mautrin


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed often at the internal conversation Jack and Mautrine have with themselves.


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    Patricia TAMPA, FL, United States 01-15-14
    Patricia TAMPA, FL, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Another fantastic yarn"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fortune of War the most enjoyable?

    The fact that both American and British characters were treated fairly and with great concern for historical accuracy.


    What does Patrick Tull bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He makes the characters come alive. Makes them believable. i once listened to an O'Brian book with a different narrator and stopped after 1 chapter. NO way


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

    of course when the Chesapeake was captured and so many of our country's sailors died.


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    Harry Paget Washington, DC 03-18-13
    Harry Paget Washington, DC 03-18-13 Member Since 2016

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    "DeViiliers and the doctor- the live saga continues"
    Where does The Fortune of War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's right up there in the Aubrey-Mathurin series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Aubrey


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Patrick Tull?

    Definitely. Those long draughts of breath are reminiscent of the sounds of a good Winston Churchill Cohiba.


    If you could take any character from The Fortune of War out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Easy. Madame DeVilliers.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable historical fiction.

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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 01-14-13
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2016

    Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also

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    "Lucky Jack needs all his luck on this one"
    What did you love best about The Fortune of War?

    How each part seemed to lead to another adventure with more serious problems than before


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fortune of War?

    The battle of the American and Royal navy one on one was most memorable


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Tull’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, he isn't the easiest to understand as an I am American but he did a good job on this one


    If you could take any character from The Fortune of War out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Dr. Steve of course he would be able to discuss any topic


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to see where the next story starts after the end of this fine story

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    Margaret 11-08-11
    Margaret 11-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Sublime - one of my favorite in the Aubreiad."

    And of course, don't even consider another narrator - Patrick Tull is the only one worth considering. This is one of my favs - Stephen as an action hero, illegitimate children, madmen, Diana dashing about, jewelry, and a fascinating peek into English ex-pats in a new country. Audubon's work also makes an appearance.

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