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H.M.S. Surprise

Aubrey-Maturin, Book 3
Narrated by: Robert Hardy
Series: Aubrey/Maturin (abridged), Book 3
Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
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Summary

The third book in the Aubrey/Maturin series.

H.M.S. Surprise 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, accepting a commission to convey a British ambassador to the East Indies. The voyage takes him and his friend Stephen Maturin to the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent, and through the archipelago of spice island where the French have a near-overwhelming local superiority.

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©1997 Patrick O’Brian (P)1997 HarperCollins UK

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Why abridged?

I bought this version by mistake. If you're an O'Brian fan avoid this like the plague. Where are the unabridged versions? The Americans have them.

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way to short a book for the price.

different narrator then the first two books. way to short fir the price it's sold at.

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Robert Hardy is the best voice for Jack Aubrey

The only pity is that these are abridged versions. Otherwise they are perfect. Very much recommend.