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The Fortune of War Audiobook

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

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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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    David 01-22-17
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    "Great Story!"

    Probably one of the best stories in the Aubrey Martin series thus far. Story has a little bit of everything from naval warfare to espionage!

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    Keith 10-03-16
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    "Patrick Tull at his best"

    Another chapter in the Aubriad as it's referred to and a lot of rare land based action. in most of the other books in the series the real gut clenching, white eyelid (as opposed to white knuckle) sections take place off the sea. Tulls American accent is exactly what you would expect from a world class narrator not perfect but intentionally so, he does it right and the nuances ring clear. A wonderful meeting of fine literature and fine acting.

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    A. Birtcher 05-05-16
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    "Another classic"

    A standard by which to judge any historical fiction. Patrick Tull is the voice of Obrian

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    This is not only a great adventure story; it is also an amazing character study. The narrator makes it come alive. Bravo.

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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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    manofshine 09-01-15
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    Patric tull read the books better than any other! He's the one to look for when buying this series.

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    David Thompson 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
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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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    Bill POOLVILLE, TX, United States 03-22-15
    Bill POOLVILLE, TX, United States 03-22-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Best in the series!"

    Patrick Tull is the only narrator worth anything for this series. The books narrated by any of the others are simply a waste of time and money.

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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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