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  • The Gravity of the Affair

  • Being an Account of Horatio Nelson's First Command Upon the Sea and Stars
  • By: Michael J. Martinez
  • Narrated by: Bernard Setaro Clark
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Before his victory at the Nile. Before his scandalous personal life made headlines. Before he crushed the French and Spanish fleets at Trafalgar. Before he died a martyr. Horatio Nelson, England's greatest naval hero, assumed his first command, the 12-gun brig HMS Badger, at the tender age of 20. History tells us his first voyages as captain were unremarkable. Yet in the Known Worlds, where sailing ships ply the Void and the mystic science of alchemy works wonders, Nelson's first command goes quite differently.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me

  • By John on 28-01-19

Not for me

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-19

Not for me, sorry I only got as far as the first couple of sentences, the storyline was too far fetched, mixing the eighteenths century royal navy with space travel was a step too far, with sailing ships sailing through space. Even in my limited time hearing the story there was a couple of ‘errors’ in the stories regarding the navy and Nelson’s rank, this excludes sailing ships in space.

  • Men-of-War

  • The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Patrick O’Brian’s glorious final bow.

  • By S D BALL on 26-03-18

Disappointed that the series is over

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-19

I have enjoyed all the books, it is a great pity thats Patrick O’Brian never got to finish this book which may not have been the last, the ending and further stories are left to your own imagination.

  • The Commodore

  • (Vol. Book 17)
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Third time of listening, just gets better!

  • By Ian David Williamson on 27-05-16

Excellent book, working my way through the series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-19

Have enjoyed all the books, well read, only disappointment is that I am coming to the end

  • Treason's Harbour

  • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 9
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another great action

  • By Mark on 16-04-13

Enjoyed the book, but

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-07-18

The story is good but at the end you are left in mid air, you need to get the next book to find out what happens next. Many of POB’s books have left me this way, but still enjoy them.

  • The Ionian Mission

  • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 8
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic in the series

  • By Mr Timothy P Butcher on 20-10-18

Good story well read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-06-18

Enjoyed this book but but I now need to read the next book to find out what happens next, i was left in mid air off Turkey.

  • The Surgeon's Mate

  • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 7
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, great narration, missing a few words

  • By John Colman on 09-01-18

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-18

Yet another good book, working my way through the series, as you finish one book you are left eager to move onto the next.

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,319

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Not for me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-18

Not for me I thought I would try it based on the reviews and good price, well read but I don’t really get or enjoy fantasy and horror, gave up half way through

  • Desolation Island

  • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 5
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By I.F.Coyle on 14-04-13

Good story well told

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-01-18

Another enjoyable tale by Patrick O’BrIan, well read, bringing the characters to life.
I am fascinated by this period of naval history since discovering Hornblower many years ago.
The book would appeal to people like myself but you need to read them in sequence as I am attempting to do.

  • The Fortune of War

  • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 6
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Martin on 19-05-15

Thoroughly enjoyed this book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Enjoyed this book, especially the mixing of fact with fiction, the battle between the Shannon and the Chesapeake being the climax, I was disappointed that it ended so abruptly at the end of the battle. Having read a number of accounts of this duel I wanted more which hopefully I will obtain from the next book. Highly recommended a good well read book that suits my tastes anyway.

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  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

A colonel receives five seeds in the mail---and dies within weeks. A young bride disappears immediately after her wedding. An old hat and a Christmas goose are the only clues to a stolen jewel. A son is accused of his father's murder. These mysteries---and many more---are brought to the house on Baker Street where detective Sherlock Holmes resides. No case is too tricky for the world's most famous sleuth and his incredible powers of deduction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A classic rendition of the famous stories

  • By N W on 20-07-15

Excellent

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-10-17

Dependable stories well read, the short stories made excellent bed time listening, and could easily listen to again