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. He flees to the continent to seek refuge. Instead he finds himself a hunted fugitive as Napoleon has ordered the internment of all Englishmen in France.
Patrick O'Brian is regarded by many as the greatest historical novelist of the 20th century. Post Captain is the second novel in his remarkable Aubrey/Maturin series.
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"Master and Commander raised dangerously high expectations; Post Captain triumphantly surpasses them." (Mary Renault)
"Not my favourite"
Not my favourite Aubrey-Maturin. Rather too "land-locked" for me....and there's girls in it!!!
Seriously, a rattling good listen as O'Brian fleshes out the characters of our two heroes and even gets them involved in (sometimes) rather too complex love affairs. He gets into his stride in HMS Surprise, but leaves this book with well-rounded and interesting characters, ready to give Bonapate a damn good hiding!
Excellent and convincing reading by Mr Jerrom, who again manages to make even the most obscure sounding naval terms understandable. Even Stephen Maturin might understand them.
O Brian is lyrical and exciting. His people are living, complex and well drawn, from the Austenesque ladies to the debt men and bawdy sailors. There is love of life, curiosity in nature and science, espionage and politics and surprising humour. Battles are as gripping as you could wish for, ending in great Joy and sadness. O'Brian is, in my opinion, far above above other writers in this genre, who I'm afraid will always be in his shade. I read these stories ages ago and am having a ball listening again, as they are being so well read by Ric Jerrom.
Book 3 is already out. :-)
"Unmissable boy's book"
I have read the books, and now working my way through the audio versions. What a delightful revisit. Excellent narration.
This is what audio books should be about and this is what happens when a great story is matched with a great narrator. Will donload the rest of the series.
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