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Master and Commander (Aubrey-Maturin series, Book 1) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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''O'Brian's sheer brilliance as a writer constantly dazzles.'' -- Irish Times
''Patrick O'Brian can put a spark of character into the sawdust of time.'' -- Observer
''The best sea story I have ever read.'' --Sir Francis Chichester
''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
About the Author
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. In the 1990s, Mr. O'Brian, then in his seventies, achieved the critical and popular recognition that was his due.
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In other words, O'Brian writes life. I can't give a better recommendation than that. Nailing him down as a sea-story guy or a history guy is a mistake. He writes friendships and hatred, hope and fear, and all the reasons and ways that we suffer and rejoice in little events and big. Read it.
Took quite a while to find my "sea legs" with this one, but I loved the battle scenes and the relationship between Captain Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. Rich in historical detail which I enjoyed but had to stop many times to search out some of the nautical wording in the novel which tended to play havoc with the flow of the story.
A tough life on the high seas in those bygone days.......