Aubrey/Maturin
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  • 1
    Master and Commander: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 1 | Patrick O'Brian

    Master and Commander: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
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    Master and Commander is the first of Patrick O'Brian's now famous Aubrey-Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written. It establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship's surgeon and an intelligence agent. It displays the qualities which have put O'Brian far ahead of any of his competitors.

    At last, unabridged and well read...it begins.

    ... It is not the best of his novels, (he really hits his stride a few stories down the line) but it is the right place to begin and after a slow star..Show More »

    Reviewed on 19 January 2012 by john (Bentham)
  • 2
    Post Captain: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 2 | Patrick O'Brian

    Post Captain: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (217)

    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.

    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 fle..Show More »

    Reviewed on 06 September 2012 by I.F.Coyle (Bolton, United Kingdom)
  • 3
    H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 3 | Patrick O'Brian

    H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (184)

    H.M.S. Surprise, the third in O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin series, follows the variable fortunes of Captain Jack Aubrey's career in Nelson's navy, as he attempts to hold his ground against admirals, colleagues, and the enemy, and accepts a commission to convey a British ambassador to the East Indies. The voyage leads him and his friend Stephen Maturin to the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent, and through the archipelago of Spice Islands where the French have a near-overwhelming local superiority.

    Brilliant storytelling

    I've been listening to some of the series and reading others.

    This is not my usual fare but the writing is excellent and the sense of period ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 23 December 2012 by D. Cottam (Devon,UK)
  • 4
    The Mauritius Command: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 4 | Patrick O'Brian

    The Mauritius Command: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (125)

    In The Mauritius Command, Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half-pay without a command until his friend, occasional intelligence agent Stephen Maturin, arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a Commodore's pennant. But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captains: one a pleasure-seeking dilettante, the other liable to provoke the crew to mutiny.

    The end of chapter nine is missing.
    Reviewed on 04 November 2014 by Toby (Birmingham, United Kingdom)
  • 5
    Desolation Island: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 5 | Patrick O'Brian

    Desolation Island: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (127)

    Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend and surgeon Stephen Maturin sail the Leopard to Australia with a hold full of convicts. Among them is a beautiful and dangerous spy - and a dangerous disease which decimates the crew.

    Another winner

    Having read all these books (twice) over the years, I still find them endlessly fascinating, and Mr Jerrom's reading has added immensely to my enjoyme..Show More »

    Reviewed on 14 April 2013 by I.F.Coyle (Bolton, United Kingdom)
  • 6
    The Fortune of War: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 6 | Patrick O'Brian

    The Fortune of War: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    Captain Jack Aubrey, RN, arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command of the fastest and best-armed frigate in the Navy. He and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a despatch vessel. But the War of 1812 breaks out while they are en route. Bloody actions precipitate them both into new and unexpected scenes where Stephen's past activities as a secret agent return on him with a vengeance.

    Excellent book

    A real rollocking yarn with a great ending. This is the best Aubrey so far.

    Reviewed on 19 May 2015 by Martin (Ashford)
  • 7
    The Surgeon's Mate: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 7 | Patrick O'Brian

    The Surgeon's Mate: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are ordered home by despatch vessel to bring the news of their latest victory to the government. But Maturin is a marked man for the havoc he has wrought in the French intelligence network in the New World, and the attentions of two privateers soon become menacing. The chase that follows through the fogs and shallows of the Grand Banks is as thrilling, as tense and as unexpected in its culmination as anything Patrick O'Brian has written.

    A creditable action!

    i am so glad i finally discovered these wonderful books but whats more Ric Jerroms narration is fantastic! I cannot imagine listening to these tales n..Show More »

    Reviewed on 18 January 2013 by Mark (Ballymacoda, Ireland)
  • 8
    The Ionian Mission: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 8 | Patrick O'Brian

    The Ionian Mission: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (107)

    Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans of many battles, return in this novel to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates. But Jack is now a senior captain, commanding a line-of-battle ship sent out to reinforce the squadron blockading Toulon, and this is a longer, harder, colder war than the dashing frigate action of his early days.... A sudden turn of events takes him and Stephen off on a hazardous mission to the Greek islands. All his old skills of seamanship - and luck when fighting against odds - come triumphantly into their own as the story concludes with some fierce and thrilling action.

    As expected, brilliant,

    Ric Jerome takes you there. Brilliant reading of a great story, can't wait for next

    Reviewed on 21 March 2016 by pjdade ()
  • 9
    Treason's Harbour: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 9 | Patrick O'Brian

    Treason's Harbour: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    While Captain Aubrey worries about repairs to his ship, Stephen Maturin assumes the centre stage; for the dockyards and salons of Malta are alive with Napoleon's agents, and the admiralty's intelligence network is compromised. Maturin's cunning is the sole bulwark against sabotage of Aubrey's daring mission. All of Patrick O'Brian's strengths are on parade in this novel of action and intrigue, set partly in Malta, partly in the treacherous, pirate-infested waters of the Red Sea.

    another great action

    As I finish each of these unabridged versions of the Aubrey Maturin novels I am delighted to find another waiting in the wings.Ric Jerroms easy style ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 16 April 2013 by Mark (Ballymacoda, Ireland)
  • 10
    The Far Side of the World: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 10 | Patrick O'Brian

    The Far Side of the World: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    It is still the War of 1812 and Jack Aubrey - with his tetchy, sardonic friend Stephen Maturin - has set course across the South Atlantic to intercept a powerful American frigate outward bound to play havoc with the British whaling trade. If they do not come up with her before she rounds the Horn, they must follow her into the Great South Sea and as far across the Pacific as she may lead them.

    Great but shame about the editing

    Having been a Patrick O'Brian fan since the 1990s I am delighted that the novels are now being produced as unabridged audio books with the talented R..Show More »

    Reviewed on 06 May 2013 by Gillian (Poole, United Kingdom)
  • 11
    The Reverse of the Medal: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 11 | Patrick O'Brian

    The Reverse of the Medal: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    Jack Aubrey returns from his duties protecting whalers off South America and is persuaded by a casual acquaintance to make investments in the City on the strength of supposedly certain information. This innocent decision ensnares him in the London criminal underground and in government espionage - the province of his friend Stephen Maturin. Is Aubrey's humiliation and the threatened ruin of his career a deliberate plot?

    Keep them coming

    Another great adaptation of the Aubrey/maturin books. Great credit to Ric Jerrom for bringing the characters to life.being on the next one quick pleas..Show More »

    Reviewed on 24 May 2013 by Mark (Ballymacoda, Ireland)
  • 12
    The Letter of Marque: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 12 | Patrick O'Brian

    The Letter of Marque: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
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    In The Letter of Marque, Jack is once again aboard his beloved Surprise but stripped of his post captaincy for a crime he did not commit. Bought by Stephen, the Surprise has become a privateer. Sailing into French waters, the two concoct a desperate mission which, if successful, may redeem Aubrey from his state of disgrace.

    Letter of Marque

    A gripping yarn read by a master of the art - O'Brian's further adventures of Captain Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are brought to life by a master of st..Show More »

    Reviewed on 21 September 2006 by Jon (Tickton)
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    The Letter of Marque: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 12 | Patrick O'Brian

    The Letter of Marque: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    Captain Jack Aubrey, a brilliant and experienced officer, has been struck off the list of post-captains for a crime he did not commit. His old friend Stephen Maturin, usually cast as a ship's surgeon to mask his discreet activities on behalf of British intelligence, has bought for Aubrey his former ship the Surprise to command as a privateer, more politely termed a letter of marque. Together they sail on a desperate mission against the French, which, if successful, may redeem Aubrey from the private hell of his disgrace.

    one of his best

    politics, high adventure, addiction and romance come together in great style to produce a great story.

    Reviewed on 07 May 2016 by N. A. Bowling (norfolk, uk)
  • 13
    The Thirteen-Gun Salute: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 13 | Patrick O'Brian

    The Thirteen-Gun Salute: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (91)

    Jack Aubrey and his old friend Dr Maturin are sailing on a secret mission with a hand-picked crew, most of them shipmates from the adventures and lucrative voyages of earlier years.

    A great story with interesting twists and turns.

    Having listened to this story 3 times and everytime I hear something new. The twists and turns make it exciting and as usual for O'Brian the detail ad..Show More »

    Reviewed on 03 March 2016 by Ian David Williamson ()
  • 14
    The Nutmeg of Consolation: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 14 | Patrick O'Brian

    The Nutmeg of Consolation: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    Shipwrecked on a remote island in the Dutch East Indies, Captain Aubrey, surgeon and secret intelligence agent Stephen Maturin, and the crew of the Diane fashion a schooner from the wreck. A vicious attack by Malay pirates is repulsed, but the makeshift vessel burns, and they are truly marooned. Their escape from this predicament is one that only the whimsy and ingenuity of Patrick O Brian or Stephen Maturin could devise.

    Possibly his best book?

    I've read this series through 4-5 times and have just got to the end of my second audible play through of the Nutmeg. Although it's quite difficult an..Show More »

    Reviewed on 10 October 2015 by MR ()
  • 15
    Clarissa Oakes: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 15 (Unabridged) | Patrick O'Brian

    Clarissa Oakes: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 15 (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Captain Jack Aubrey sails away from the hated Australian prison colonies in his favourite vessel the Surprise, pondering on middle age and sexual frustration. He soon becomes aware that he is out of touch with the mood of his ship: to his astonishment he finds that in spite of a lifetime's experience he does not know what the foremost hands or even his own officers are thinking.

    Fantastic again....

    As always the characterisations and story are captivating for those of us who follow Lucky Jack and Stephen Mturin through their voyages. For me again..Show More »

    Reviewed on 15 October 2013 by Mark (Ballymacoda, Ireland)
  • 16
    The Wine-Dark Sea | Patrick O'Brian

    The Wine-Dark Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    At the opening of a voyage filled with disaster and delight, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are in pursuit of a privateer sailing under American colours through the Great South Sea. Stephen's objective is to set the revolutionary tinder of South America ablaze to relieve the pressure on the British government which has blundered into war with the young and uncomfortably vigorous United States. The shock and barbarity of hand-to-hand fighting are sharpened by O'Brian's exact sense of period, his eye for landscape and his feel for a ship under sail.

    Another brilliant episode

    highly recommended, this work continues to story in the same depth and detail that makes this a stand-out piece by a legendary author

    Reviewed on 22 January 2014 by Mark (Epsom, United Kingdom)
  • 17
    The Commodore: (Vol. Book 17) | Patrick O'Brian

    The Commodore: (Vol. Book 17)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Having survived a long and desperate adventure in the Great South Sea, Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin return to England to very different circumstances. For Jack it is a happy homecoming, at least initially, but for Stephen it is disastrous: his little daughter appears to be autistic, incapable of speech or contact, while his wife, Diana, unable to bear this situation, has disappeared, her house being looked after by the widowed Clarissa Oakes.

    Third time of listening, just gets better!

    Great book in a great series. I love the detail and accuracy. Recommended to all.

    Reviewed on 27 May 2016 by Ian David Williamson ()
  • 18
    The Yellow Admiral: The Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 18 | Patrick O'Brian

    The Yellow Admiral: The Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    Life ashore may once again be the undoing of Jack Aubrey in The Yellow Admiral, Patrick O'Brian's best-selling novel and eighteenth volume in the Aubrey/Maturin series. Aubrey, now a considerable though impoverished landowner, has dimmed his prospects at the admiralty by his erratic voting as a member of Parliament; he is feuding with his neighbor, a man with strong navy connections who wants to enclose the common land between their estates.

    At last

    I had mailed and contacted audible via chat after Wine Dark Sea came out begging to know when Ric Jerrom would resume the next book - ok the next few ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 16 June 2015 by Mark (Ballymacoda, Ireland)
  • 19
    The Hundred Days: (Vol. Book 19) | Patrick O'Brian

    The Hundred Days: (Vol. Book 19)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Napoleon, escaped from Elba, pursues his enemies across Europe like a vengeful phoenix. If he can corner the British and Prussians before their Russian and Austrian allies arrive, his genius will lead the French armies to triumph at Waterloo. In the Balkans, preparing a thrust northwards into Central Europe to block the Russians and Austrians, a horde of Muslim mercenaries is gathering.

    Best narration ever !!

    A gripping yarn as always and perhaps the best of the series. Just sorry it is finished.
    Great storey and fabulously narrated .

    Reviewed on 15 July 2015 by David (KILMACOLM, United Kingdom)
  • 20
    Blue at the Mizzen: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 20 | Patrick O'Brian

    Blue at the Mizzen: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Napoleon has been defeated at Waterloo, and the ensuing peace brings with it both the desertion of nearly half of Captain Aubrey's crew and the sudden dimming of Aubrey's career prospects in a peacetime navy. When the Surprise is nearly sunk on her way to South America - where Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are to help Chile assert her independence from Spain - the delay occasioned by repairs reaps a harvest of strange consequences.

    A fitting end ... Ish

    I very much enjoyed this book but the pleasure is tinged with a little sadness knowing that it is the last full Aubrey Maturin novel. well read as alw..Show More »

    Reviewed on 01 June 2016 by Simon ()
  • 21
    Men-of-War | Patrick O'Brian

    Men-of-War

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    At the time of his death, Patrick O'Brian was halfway through a novel that continued the famous and much-loved Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin series. The chapters left off with a moment of almost perfect felicity: Jack has seen his illegitimate son ably discharging important duties, Sophie and his daughters are with him, Stephen has a new love, and Jack, at last, is flying a rear-admiral's flag aboard a ship of the line.

    Terrible music!

    Chapters are separated by awful synthesised music - why not have some of the pieces that Jack & Stephen play rather than this rubbish?

    Otherw..Show More »

    Reviewed on 08 April 2015 by Mr. L. Brown (London, UK)