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Captain Jack Aubrey sets sail for the South China Sea with a new lease on life. Following his dismissal from the Royal Navy, he has earned reinstatement through his daring exploits as a privateer. Now he is to shepherd Stephen Maturin - ship's surgeon, sometime intelligence agent, and now unofficial adviser to His Britannic Majesty's envoy - on a diplomatic mission to prevent links between Bonaparte and the Malay princes which would put English merchant shipping at risk.

The journey encompasses a great and satisfying diversity of adventures. Maturin climbs the Thousand Steps of the sacred crater of the orangutans; a killer typhoon catches Aubrey and his crew trying to work their ship of a reef; and at the barbaric court of Pulo Prabang a classic duel of intelligence agents unfold: the French envoys, well entrenched in the Sultan's good graces, against the savage cunning of Maturin.

The heart of The Thirteen Gun Salute is the story of a friendship, and it is here that we have the most perfect window on the soul of that age. Maturin's unsparing, melancholy intelligence mirrors the scientific rationalism of the Enlightenment; Aubrey, bluff, competent, and endlessly courageous, embodies the fierce the fierce energy of the dawning century. Again and again the listener is refreshed by their enthusiasms and wit, their music, quarrels, and laughter.

This is the sixth in O'Brian's 20-volume Aubrey/Maturin series.

Don't miss the rest of the Aubrey/Maturin series.
©1979 Patrick O'Brian; (P)1999 Random House, Inc.; Cover Illustration by Geoff Hunt

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"If Jane Austen had written rousing sea yarns, she would have produced something very close to the prose of Patrick O'Brian." (Time)

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Why was this abridged version offered? Patrick Tull is much better than smith. I selected this version last month and now the unabridged version by Tull is available. Why do you make us suffer?

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Patrick Tull has been my narrator of choice for 20 of these O'Brian books. I mistakenly purchased this book narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith. Listening to his attempt at an ole Boston accent is horribly painful. So bad that I payed for a new copy of the book narrated by Tull. <br/>The content is great, get the book, be sure the narrator suits your fancy.

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

The escape from Boston Harbor

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no, savor it over several