- Series: Aubrey-Maturin (Book 6)
- Audio CD
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged edition (December 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786179945
- ISBN-13: 978-0786179947
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 150 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,430,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Fortune of War (Aubrey-Maturin series, Book 6) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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This time it's the War of 1812 that gets in the way of Captain Jack Aubery's plans. Caught en route to England in a dispatch vessel, Aubrey and Maturin are soon in the thick of a typically bloody naval engagement. Next stop: an American prison, from which only Maturin's cunning allows them to engineer an exit. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
''Mr. O'Brian reminds us with subtle artistry of the most important of all historical lessons: that times change, but people don't, that the griefs and follies and victories of the men and women who were here before us are in fact the maps of our own lives.'' ''A marvellously full-flavored, engrossing book, which towers over its current rivals in the genre like a three-decker over a ship's longboat.'' --Times Literary Supplement
''Good history, fascinating erudition, espionage, romance, fever in the hold, a wreck in lost latitudes, and an action at sea that for sheer descriptive power can match anything in sea-fiction.'' --Guardian
''The best thing afloat since Horatio Hornblower.'' --Observer
''[Patrick O'Brian has] the power of bringing near to the reader . . . savagery and tenderness, beauty and mystery and boldness and dignity.'' --Eudora Welty
''Patrick O'Brian presents the lost arcana of that hard-pressed, cruel, courageous world with an immediacy that makes its workings both comprehensible and fascinating. But in the end it is the serious exploration of human character that gives the books their greatest power: the fretful play of mood that can irrationally darken the edges of the brightest triumph - and that can feed a trickle of merriment into the midst of terror and tragedy.'' --New York Times Book Review
''O'Brian's sheer brilliance as a writer constantly dazzles, and his power over the reader is unique. No writer alive can move one as O'Brian can; no one can make you laugh so loud with hilarity, whiten your knuckles with unbearable tension, or choke with emotion. He is the master.'' --Irish Times
''The best historical novels ever written.'' --New York Times Book Review
''O'Brian is astonishingly good.'' --Times (London)
''They're funny, they're exciting, they're informative. There are legions of us who gladly ship out time and time again under Captain Aubrey.'' --New Yorker
''. . . full of the energy that comes from a writer having struck a vein... Patrick O'Brian is unquestionably the Homer of the Napoleonic wars.'' --James Hamilton-Paterson
''You are in for the treat of your lives. Thank God for Patrick O'Brian: his genius illuminates the literature of the English language, and lightens the lives of those who read him.'' --Irish Times
''As sinewy, and virile as its predecessors, this is a copper-bottomed investment for the numerous fans of Jack Aubrey . . . we sail breathlessly through perilous seas to the Far East. Vivid and authentic as is Mr O'Brian's mastery of period and life at sea, it is in his creation of characters that he excels.'' Daily Telegraph ''It has been said that this series is some of the finest historical fiction of our time . . . Aubrey and Maturin have been described as better than Holmes and Watson, the equal of Quixote and Panza . . . All this is true. And the marvel is, it hardly says enough.'' --Los Angeles Times
''Earphones Awards winner [audiobook narrator] Simon Vance juggles multiple characters, accents, and dramatic and comedic scenes with aplomb . . . Vance's warm, welcoming voice captures colorful characters, entertaining relationships . . . Readers in search of a handful of excellent companions with whom to spend many enjoyable hours will be hail and well met.'' --AudioFilemagazine audiobook review
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I don't do synopses so you should read those provided by others if you want one. If you want an impression I'll say you'll get a very fine sense of the times including historical attitudes, historical settings, historical context, brilliant dialog, exceptional descriptive ability and total immersion in the story. I most highly recommend reading this book and suggest it is difficult to find equal entertainment for the price. It is a good series to come back to after a while too.
I keep feeling the same way about each book as I progress through this series, that each one is "the best one I've read so far." Frankly, I think this one is going to be one of the toughest to beat. O'Brian takes the guys on a troubled journey which sends them to Boston, and develops perhaps the most intriguing storyline up until this point in the series, culminating in the real-life defeat of the USS Chesapeake. He shows us Jack struggling as a badly-wounded prisoner for a great deal of the book, completely on his heels in one way or another throughout. We see Stephen go through a painful reunion with Diana, commit two murders, and worry sincerely about his best friend. We see conflicted Americans take actions against their country to end a senseless war. As always, O'Brian gives us vivid settings, rich characters, action and humor to keep us glued in to the narrative. I had to give this one five stars, as I know I will be back to read it even as I continue to progress through the series. Highly recommended, if you're selectively picking through the series, this one can't be missed.
Highly addictive. Buy the related reference book "A Sea of Terms" to help you start out with the phraseology and terms.
Meanwhile, Stephen is embroiled in American/French/English espionage, which very nearly result in his being captured again by the French, but intervention by his star crossed love, Diana, and a quick thinking rescue orchestrated by Jack and young Hespath, sets them aboard the Shannon, just in time for her heart pounding confrontation with the U.S.S. Chesapeake.
I liked it very much. It is a fine story well told by a master historian.