Aubrey/Maturin

42 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 25,545 ratings

Master and Commander Publisher's Summary

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, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.
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  • Book 1

    • Master and Commander

    • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,150
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,912
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,898

    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, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Choice of Narrators

    • By Frank R. Adams on 04-23-10

    Regular price: $37.77

    • Master and Commander

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 1
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118

    Master and Commander is the first of Patrick O’Brian’s now famous Aubrey-Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written. It establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship’s surgeon and an intelligence agent. It displays the qualities which have put O’Brian far ahead of any of his competitors.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Looking at the Sea with Loving Relish

    • By Jefferson on 04-11-13

    Regular price: $22.38

  • Book 2

    • Post Captain

    • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,096
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,569
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,564

    The Peace of Amiens has left Jack Aubrey with no ship, no enemy to pursue, and no possibility of prize money to supplement his meager income. His decision to seek refuge from his troubles, and creditors, in France proves doubly disastrous.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A fair shake

    • By Anthony L. on 10-05-08

    Regular price: $30.07

    • Post Captain

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 2
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107

    This tale begins with Jack Aubrey arriving home from his exploits in the Mediterranean to find England at peace following the Treaty of Amiens. He and his friend Stephen Maturin, surgeon and secret agent, begin to live the lives of country gentlemen, hunting, entertaining, and enjoying amorous adventures. Their comfortable existence, however, is cut short when Jack is overnight reduced to a pauper with enough debts to keep him in prison for life. He flees to the continent to seek refuge.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A brilliant series performed beatifully

    • By jokeyjon on 10-15-12

    Regular price: $22.38

  • Book 3

    • H.M.S. Surprise

    • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 3
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,854
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,397
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,398

    At the opening of his third novel in an ongoing adventure series by Patrick O'Brian, Jack Aubrey is cruising off Cape Sicie when his friend Stephen Maturin (more serenely situated in Sussex) is informed of the Board's decision regarding Aubrey's prize money, taken after victorious engagement with a Spanish squadron at Cape Santa Maria. The money, five million pieces of eight, is not, as is the custom of war, to be divided among the crews of the four victorious vessels.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • India as thorough as Conrad

    • By Craig on 02-03-08

    Regular price: $34.97

    • H.M.S. Surprise

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 3
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    H.M.S. Surprise, the third in O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin series, follows the variable fortunes of Captain Jack Aubrey's career in Nelson's navy, as he attempts to hold his ground against admirals, colleagues, and the enemy, and accepts a commission to convey a British ambassador to the East Indies. The voyage leads him and his friend Stephen Maturin to the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent, and through the archipelago of Spice Islands where the French have superiority.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A well spoken story.

    • By Katy on 08-06-12

    Regular price: $22.38

  • Book 4

    • The Mauritius Command

    • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 4
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,065
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1,057

    Lucky Jack Aubrey escapes the burdens of domesticity when he is appointed to the post of Admiral for an expedition to the coast of Madagascar where French frigates are threatening one of England's valued trade routes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Twists Turns and A Great Story

    • By Constance on 11-27-04

    Regular price: $31.47

    • The Mauritius Command

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 4
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    In The Mauritius Command, Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half-pay without a command until his friend, occasional intelligence agent Stephen Maturin, arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a Commodore's pennant. But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captains: one a pleasure-seeking dilettante, the other liable to provoke the crew to mutiny. Based on an actual campaign of 1810 in the Indian Ocean.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Literate Age of Sail Buddy Comfort Food with Bite

    • By Jefferson on 08-23-14

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 5

    • Desolation Island

    • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 5
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 922
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 920

    Jack's prize money has set the household accounts aright, but if he continues frittering it on naive extravagances, it will be gone in a fortnight. Fortunately he gets a commission aboard the Leopard, bound for Australia to rescue the hated and captive Captain Bligh.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A joy to listen to.

    • By EJH on 08-09-04

    Regular price: $30.07

    • Desolation Island

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 5
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend and surgeon Stephen Maturin sail the Leopard to Australia with a hold full of convicts. Among them is a beautiful and dangerous spy - and a dangerous disease which decimates the crew.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Psychological Age of Sail Adventure

    • By Jefferson on 06-15-15

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 6

    • The Fortune of War

    • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 6
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1,168
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 893
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 891

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Alternative Entry Point

    • By ScipioTex on 12-21-04

    Regular price: $30.07

    • The Fortune of War

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 6
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    Captain Jack Aubrey, RN, arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command of the fastest and best-armed frigate in the Navy. He and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a despatch vessel. But the War of 1812 breaks out while they are en route. Bloody actions precipitate them both into new and unexpected scenes where Stephen's past activities as a secret agent return on him with a vengeance.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • sometimes patchy audio

    • By Tristen Cameron on 08-29-18

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 7

    • The Surgeon's Mate

    • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 7
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1,103
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 826
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 816

    Jack Aubrey, Post Captain in the British Royal Navy, is suffused with happiness. The Shannon's engagement with the U.S. Chesapeake off the New England coast has resulted in victory, just another in a long string of them for Aubrey, nicknamed Lucky Jack for his tendency to win big. But Jack is less sure-footed by land than by sea.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great series

    • By Dan Wynkoop on 07-04-17

    Regular price: $34.97

    • The Surgeon's Mate

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 7
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 38

    Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are ordered home by despatch vessel to bring the news of their latest victory to the government. But Maturin is a marked man for the havoc he has wrought in the French intelligence network in the New World, and the attentions of two privateers soon become menacing. The chase that follows through the fogs and shallows of the Grand Banks is as thrilling, as tense and as unexpected in its culmination as anything Patrick O'Brian has written.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fine Writing, Great Characters, Immersive World

    • By Jefferson on 01-15-17

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 8

    • The Ionian Mission

    • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 8
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 989
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 767
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 758

    Shoved into a temporary command in "that rotten old Worcester," Aubrey is off to the Mediterranean to join the Royal Navy's blockade of the French port of Toulon, where he will be dispatched by Admiral Harte (unfortunately the same Admiral Harte he cuckolded years ago) on a secret mission that promises to embroil Aubrey in political conflict. His friend Stephen's help notwithstanding, Aubrey faces some of the choppiest waters of his career.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Part of a bigger tale

    • By Paul on 04-10-06

    Regular price: $34.97

    • The Ionian Mission

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 8
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans of many battles, return in this novel to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates. But Jack is now a senior captain, commanding a line-of-battle ship sent out to reinforce the squadron blockading Toulon, and this is a longer, harder, colder war than the dashing frigate action of his early days.... A sudden turn of events takes him and Stephen off on a hazardous mission to the Greek islands. All his old skills of seamanship - and luck when fighting against odds - come triumphantly into their own as the story concludes with some fierce and thrilling action.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • It is the wind alone that moves us

    • By Jefferson on 04-02-18

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 9

    • Treason's Harbour

    • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 9
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 979
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 742
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 733

    The espionage activities of cunning ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin have kept him at odds with the most important French agent in the Mediterranean, Lesueur, a man with a long memory and a taste for revenge. When that revenge takes the shape of the delicate and distracting Mrs. Fielding, who also attracts the ever-wandering eye of Jack Aubrey, Stephen's sensibilities are severely tested.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Every book gets better

    • By Constance on 01-31-05

    Regular price: $29.23

    • Treason's Harbour

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 9
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    While Captain Aubrey worries about repairs to his ship, Stephen Maturin assumes the centre stage; for the dockyards and salons of Malta are alive with Napoleon's agents, and the admiralty's intelligence network is compromised. Maturin's cunning is the sole bulwark against sabotage of Aubrey's daring mission. All of Patrick O'Brian's strengths are on parade in this novel of action and intrigue, set partly in Malta, partly in the treacherous, pirate-infested waters of the Red Sea.

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 10

    • The Far Side of the World

    • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 10
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 954
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 709
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 706

    The South Seas are a paradise for battle-weary Captain Jack Aubrey and ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin. But their peace is disturbed when Stephen's fancy for a peculiar marine organism lands him overboard. Acting in his usual headstrong fashion, Jack dives into the rescue, unfortunately failing to plan what will happen once they are both in the water watching the sails of the Surprise disappear in the mist.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What lies beyond is the far side of the world...

    • By Darwin8u on 05-08-17

    Regular price: $31.47

    • The Far Side of the World

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 10
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 26

    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.

    Regular price: $20.99

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