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The opening salvo of the Aubrey-Maturin epic, in which the surgeon introduces himself to the captain by driving an elbow into his ribs during a chamber-music recital. Fortunately for millions of readers, the two quickly make up. Then they commence one of the great literary voyages of our century, set against an immaculately-detailed backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. This is the place to start--and in all likelihood, you won't be able to stop.
These two selections represent a series of abridged audiobook versions of O'Brian's works narrated by Robert Hardy, that most blustery and unstudied of British actors. Hardy reads the stories cold, but here it works. He uses his voice to evoke everything from brutality to mannered drawing-room excesses to the physical threat of a storm at sea. The stories are superb depictions of life on a British man-of-war and incorporate O'Brian's exquisitely accurate historical detail (Testimonies, Audio Reviews, LJ 7/96). The friendship of protagonists Capt. Jack Aubrey and ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin plays out against an expanse of ocean, from India to the Atlantic, with a full complement of battles and adventures at sea for devotees of naval fiction. Highly recommended.?Mark Pumphrey, Polk Cty. P.L., Columbus, NC
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First book of the greatest seafaring tale ever put to paper. Classic.Published 4 days ago by Skyraider10
Great kick off to the series. Bought with the Audible upgrade as well which allowed for listening in the car and reading at home.Published 7 days ago by Jack B. Brown Jr.
After reading Trafalgar, I was desperate to find more British/American naval warfare books from that time period. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Angrywoodchuck
Several years ago, I read The Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels, which begins with Master and Commander. Read morePublished 16 days ago by George P. Wood
This falls under the "They don;t make them like this anymore" when it comes to books. Throw away anything you thought you knew from the movie (which sort of chops and... Read morePublished 16 days ago by TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer
An extremely well written adventure yarn and part of a series all backed by detailed research into British Naval historical records.Published 16 days ago by Richard Humphry