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Publisher's Summary

For years, critics have celebrated best-selling author Patrick O'Brian's seafaring adventures for their magnificent blend of swashbuckling excitement and historical accuracy. With The Hundred Days, he transports you to the high seas of the Napoleonic era when the French demagogue is making a desperate attempt to control the European world. While Napoleon pursues the British across Europe, rumors fly about him forging a secret link with the forces of Islam. Soon an ominous horde of Muslim mercenaries gather. In a desperate attempt to avert disaster, ship's doctor Stephen Maturin navigates oriental politics to uncover the truth. And blustery Commodore Jack Aubrey launches a daring mission to destroy the growing French-Muslim menace.

Patrick O'Brian packs this brilliantly executed tale with elegant language, rich humor, and authentic period atmosphere. With his deep, rumbling voice, narrator Patrick Tull brings storm-tossed seas and gallant navy warships colorfully to life.

Don't miss the rest of the Aubrey/Maturin series.
©1988 Patrick O'Brian (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Colorful historical background, smooth plotting, marvelous characters and great style....O'Brian continues to unroll a splendid Turkish rug of a saga." (Publishers Weekly)
"The Hundred Days is certain to delight O'Brian's fans, for whom happiness is an unending stream of Aubrey/Maturin books...[It] is a fine novel that stands proudly on the shelf with the others." (Los Angeles Times)

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 12-16-11

Good Sailing Story

Patrick Tull does a great job narrating this story. The Hundred Days is about the escape by Napoleon from the Island of Elba and the hundred days till Waterloo. The story takes place in the Mediterranean Sea with Aubrey/Maturin trying to destroy French Navy that declare for Napoleon and stop the gold shipment from Napoleon to pay for an mercenary army. Lots of intrigue for Steven Maturin and navel battles for Aubrey.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 12-16-11

Good Sailing Story

Patrick Tull does a great job narrating this story. The Hundred Days is about the escape by Napoleon from the Island of Elba and the hundred days till Waterloo. The story takes place in the Mediterranean Sea with Aubrey/Maturin trying to destroy French Navy that declare for Napoleon and stop the gold shipment from Napoleon to pay for an mercenary army. Lots of intrigue for Steven Maturin and navel battles for Aubrey.

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Another fabulous installment

in the Aubrey Maturin series. Patrick Tull cannot be topped as the narrator -- he takes me right back to the 19th century and makes me feel that Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are old friends. This is a wonderful book and a great listen.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great moments, but not best effort

Love the O'Brian series, and this reader is phenomenal. This just isn't the best example. Bogs down in places. Dark. Killing off characters who are long-time "friends" made me think more of the author's own darkness at the time of writing was making its way into the book. Possible. Understandable. Don't let it keep you from reading, but don't expect the dashing tales of old.

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  • Darwin8u
  • Mesa, AZ, United States
  • 12-21-17

Patriotism, promotion, and prize-money

"Patriotism, promotion, and prize-money have been described as the three masts of the Royal Navy."

- Patrick O'Brian, The Hundred Days

One more full novel to go in this series and two surprising deaths. This, the 19th novel was published in 1998, 29 years after the first book in the series (Master and Commander) came out (1969). This novel takes place largely in the Eastern Mediterranean, Gibraltar, and the Levant. There were many things about it to love and while this wasn't the best in the series, O'Brian still manages to reinvigorate the novel (which takes place during les Cent-Jours (hundred days) after Napoleon escapes imprisonment on the Isle of Elba; hence the title).

Things are wrapping up with the series (but you wouldn't know it from the writing). Some of the things from this book I loved: naval superstitions (involving narwhal tusks, hands of glory, etc.), Mediterranean piracy, Gibraltar, details regarding the splitting of prize money, nuances of the Ottoman Empire (specifically the Deys of Algiers), discussion of the Battle of Waterloo, etc. O'Brian constantly brings back common items like music, science, education of young midshipmen, order and discipline, wives, etc., but each book is spiced with some new tidbit or eddy that he folds into the plot with skill and precision. When Captain Aubrey and Dr. Maturin discuss prize money, it is relevant to the plot, but also interesting and detailed. It just WORKS.

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Just the best

Patrick Tull is the ne plus ultra of readers of Patrick O'Brian. Can't imagine it better done

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Amazing!

These books are so well written and will stand the test of the ages,they will be as loved 100 years from now asthey are today!

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Great story and performance!

Disappointed that the author killed off a beloved character, but still a great story. The narration was superb as always.

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  • Kenneth
  • Fishers, IN, USA
  • 08-16-07

Not the best of the series

Not the best story in the series and I did not like the narrator's vocal characterizations of Jack and Stephen.

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Excellent

Patrick O'Brian is a brilliant writer. The narrator is a bit too hammy though--too in love with the sound of his own voice.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful