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Summary

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. In command now of a new ship, the Nutmeg, Aubrey pursues his interrupted mission.

The dreadful penal colony in New South Wales, harrowingly described, is the backdrop to a diplomatic crisis provoked by Maturin s Irish temper, and to a near-fatal encounter with the wildlife of the Australian outback.

©1989 The Estate of the late Patrick O'Brian CBE (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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A tour de force and watch out for a watermole

A tour de force O Brien can portray very human characters whilst displaying encyclopeadic knowledge of so many subjects

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Love the unpredictability

I love it that in the 14th book of the series Patrick O'Brian still has the ability to shock, intrigue and surprise. Ric Jerrom is a master reader - keeping the consistency of all the many, many different voices.

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Enjoyable

I've followed the series up to here and am full of admiration for the world O'Brian has created. I'm afraid I prefer the other narrators I have been used to with a different edition from the library. Jerrom uses lots of inflection and a rise and fall of volume and tone - always where it seems unnecessary. Jack Aubrey is often given a turn of voice far far too effeminate which really niggles and sometimes I'd prefer he stick to a flatter delivery of accents leaving me able to interpret for myself. I very nearly skipped the book out of frustration! I wont say I got used to it but I'm hooked on O'Brian's world now and it keeps me sane on a long drive! Perhaps, in fairness to Jerrom, I'm just used to my usual narrators now - others clearly really enjoyed his delivery.

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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 and mostly subjective to pick a favourite in this remarkable series I think this particular novel is a strong contender. I mean it's got it all, the aftermath of a shipwreck, the acquisition of a new ship, a chase, an action, a rendezvous, a prison break! It's non stop action in this book and yet because it's so far along in the series the subtleties are all there to be had as well. If you are new to the Aubrey Maturin series whatever you do don't try and read / listen to these out of sequence, make sure you start at the start and enjoy!

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Part two

If you made it this far through the series then you know what to expect
Perhaps this should be called the 13 gun salute part two as it follows straight on from where that book left off
Excellent listen and a must for anyone who's read the previous book
Far from a criticism but I look forward to more Maritime adventures as this book is set mainly on land

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  • Mr
  • 17-07-15

Addictive...

I read the books in a rapid succession and am now doing the same with the audio books. Ric Jerrom is a fantastic narrator whose audio work adds to the quality of the narrative. I shall probably listen to the series again once I finish the current run through. Brilliant yarns and outstanding narration = Unadulterated pleasure.

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  • ben
  • Maghera, United Kingdom
  • 04-03-15

Another solid romp

More of the same from this reliable and entertaining series.
Not too much in the way of naval exploits, but entertaining none the less

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  • Renita
  • 22-03-16

Wonderful

This is one of the best books in the series , though they are all great.
The insight of early Australia is particularly good.
Best narrator I have heard.