Aubrey/Maturin

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4.5 out of 5 stars 463 ratings

Master and Commander Publisher's Summary

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 contains all the action and excitement which could possibly be hoped for in a historical novel, but it also displays the qualities which have put O'Brian far ahead of any of his competitors: his depiction of the detail of life aboard a Nelsonic man-of-war, of weapons, food, conversation, and ambience, of the landscape, and of the sea. O'Brian's portrayal of each of these is faultless and the sense of period throughout is acute. His power of characterisation is above all masterly.

This brilliant historical novel marked the debut of a writer who grew into one of our greatest novelists ever.

©1994 Patrick O'Brian (P)2003 HarperCollins UK
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  • Book 1

    • Master and Commander

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 1
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • abridged too far

    • By Robert on 04-13-06

    Regular price: $8.25

  • Book 2

    • Post Captain

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 2
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    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.

    Regular price: $8.25

  • Book 3

    • H.M.S. Surprise

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 3
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    H.M.S. Surprise 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, accepting a commission to convey a British ambassador to the East Indies. The voyage takes him and his friend Stephen Maturin to the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent, and through the archipelago of spice island where the French have a near-overwhelming local superiority.

    Regular price: $7.22

  • Book 4

    • The Mauritius Command

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 4
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    On half-pay and without a command, Captain Jack Aubrey is stranded at home in an over-crowded cottage with his large and frequently bad-tempered family. When Jack has almost given up hope of ever returning to sea, Stephen Maturin, ship's doctor, occasional intelligence agent, and Jack's closest friend, brings secret orders that Jack is to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a Commodore's pennant.

    Regular price: $7.22

    • The Mauritius Command

    • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 4
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half pay without a command - until Stephen Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a commodore's pennant, there to mount an expedition against two French-held islands. The difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captains...

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    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Theme Begins to Mature

    • By Christopher on 04-06-03

    Regular price: $21.27

  • Book 5

    • Desolation Island

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 5
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    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 treacherous disease which decimates the crew.

    Regular price: $7.22

    • Desolation Island

    • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 5
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
    • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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 treacherous disease that decimates the crew.

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    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • good book

    • By George on 06-27-03

    Regular price: $21.27

  • Book 6

    • The Fortune of War

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 6
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    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.

    Regular price: $7.22

    • The Fortune of War

    • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 6
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
    • Length: 5 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 13

    Captain Jack Aubrey, Royal Navy, 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 dispatch vessel. But the War of 1812 breaks out while they are en route...

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    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Why this book

    • By thomas rahaim on 09-06-16

    Regular price: $17.50

  • Book 7

    • The Surgeon's Mate

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 7
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    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.

    Regular price: $7.22

    • The Surgeon's Mate

    • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 7
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
    • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are ordered home by dispatch 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 attention of two privateers soon becomes menacing.

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    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The best so far!

    • By A P on 01-29-04

    Regular price: $21.27

  • Book 8

    • The Ionian Mission

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 8
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    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 actions of his early days.

    Regular price: $7.22

    • The Ionian Mission

    • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 8
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
    • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans now of many battles, return to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates. But, this is a longer, harder, colder war than the dashing frigate actions of their early days. When a sudden turn of events takes them off on a hazardous mission, they must depend on all of their seamanship skills and Jack's proverbial luck.

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    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great Aubrey-Maturin story

    • By Marilee on 06-19-03

    Regular price: $21.27

  • Book 9

    • Treason's Harbour

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 9
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    Uniquely among authors of naval fiction, Patrick O'Brian's characters develop with experience, and although the Jack Aubrey of Treason's Harbour has a record of successes to equal that of the most brilliant of Nelson's band of brothers, and is no less formidable or decisive in action, he has grown wiser, kinder, and gentler too.

    Regular price: $7.45

    • Treason's Harbour

    • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 9
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 13

    While Captain Aubrey worries about repairs to his ship, Stephen Maturin assumes the center 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.

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    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Wrong book

    • By Phil on 07-10-05

    Regular price: $21.27

  • Book 10

    • The Far Side of the World

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 10
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    It is still the War of 1812. Patrick O'Brian takes his hero Jack Aubrey and his sardonic friend Stephen Maturin on a voyage as fascinating as anything he has ever written. They set course across the South Atlantic to intercept a powerful American frigate outward bound to play havoc with the British whaling trade.

    Regular price: $7.22

    • The Far Side of the World

    • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 10
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
    • Length: 5 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    The War of 1812 continues, and Jack Aubrey sets course for Cape Horn on a mission after his own heart: intercepting a powerful American frigate outward bound to play havoc with the British whaling trade. Stephen Maturin has fish of his own to fry in the world of secret intelligence. Disaster in various guises awaits them... Browse more Patrick O'Brian.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator should be in another line of work

    • By Bill on 09-20-17

    Regular price: $21.27

  • Book 11

    • The Reverse of the Medal

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 11
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    The Reverse of the Medal is in all respects an unconventional naval tale. Jack Aubrey returns from his duties protecting whalers off South America and is persuaded by a casual acquaintance to make investments in the City on the strength of supposedly certain information. From there he is led into the half worlds of the London criminal underground and of government espionage, the province of his friend, Stephen Maturin, on whom alone he can rely.

    Regular price: $7.22

    • The Reverse of the Medal

    • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 11
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
    • Length: 5 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Captain Jack Aubrey, Royal Navy, ashore after a successful cruise, is persuaded by a casual acquaintance to make certain investments in the city. This innocent decision ensnares him in the London criminal underground and in government espionage - the province of his friend Stephen Maturin. Is Aubrey's humiliation and the threatened ruin of his career a deliberate plot?

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 12

    • The Letter of Marque

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 12
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Jack Aubrey is a naval officer, a post-captain of experience and capacity. When The Letter of Marque opens he has been struck off the Navy List for a crime he has not committed. With Aubrey is his friend and ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin, who is also an unofficial British intelligence agent.

    Regular price: $7.22

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