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Master and Commander
Aubrey / Maturin Series, Book 1
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Here is the maiden voyage of O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin series, which follows the unique friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent. It...
Here is the maiden voyage of O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin series, which follows the unique friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent. It...
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  • Here is the maiden voyage of O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin series, which follows the unique friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent.

    It is the dawn of the nineteenth century; Britain is at war with Napoleon's France. When Jack Aubrey, a young lieutenant in Nelson's navy, is promoted to captain, he inherits command of HMS Sophie, an old, slow brig unlikely to make his fortune. But Captain Aubrey is a brave and gifted seaman, his thirst for adventure and victory immense. With the aid of his friend Stephen Maturin, Aubrey and his crew engage in one thrilling battle after another, their journey culminating in a stunning clash with a mighty Spanish frigate against whose guns and manpower the tiny Sophie is hopelessly outmatched.

    O'Brian renders in riveting detail the life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy: 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 roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

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  • Patrick O'Brian (1914–2000) was born Richard Patrick Russ in England. During the Second World War, he and his wife were involved in British secret service activities. After the war, he changed his name to Patrick O'Brian and began his career as a novelist, biographer, and translator. He is the author of the acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin tales and the biographer of Joseph Banks and Picasso. In 1995 he was the first recipient of the Heywood Hill Prize for a lifetime's contribution to literature. In the same year he was awarded the CBE. In 1997 he received an honorary doctorate of letters from Trinity College, Dublin.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Companionship is certainly the key to happiness in life at sea. This first in O'Brian's series of Jack Aubrey novels introduces Dr. Stephen Maturin, intellectual foil to the captain's man of action. Earphones Awards winner Simon Vance juggles multiple characters, accents, and dramatic and comedic scenes with aplomb. Vance's warm, welcoming voice captures colorful characters, entertaining relationships, and not much plot. Readers in search of a handful of excellent companions with whom to spend many enjoyable hours will be hail and well met. R.O. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine
  • AudioFile Magazine A big thumbs up to John Lee. Seldom has a book with such wonderful use of the language been captured so skillfully. This first of the Jack Aubrey novels, tales of a British sea captain and his ship's doctor, Stephen Maturin, sailing the seas during the Napoleonic Wars, is a great pleasure to listen to simply to let all that marvelous language wash over you as the exciting plot sweeps you away. These are great buddy books, great adventures, marvelously well told. Listening adds a special quality to these books. Much like the movie, the audio rollicks along, and you're never for a moment bogged down in obscure nautical terms you might feel a duty to look up if reading. O'Brian makes life aboard this microcosm totally believable, and John Lee delivers it with a crisp confidence worthy of stalwart naval disciple. D.G. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine

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