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  • The Letter of Marque

  • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 12
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Series: Aubrey/Maturin, Book 12
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (513 ratings)

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Summary

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.

©1988 The Estate of the late Patrick O'Brian CBE (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Fine story, masterly narration

Another great yarn from Patrick O'Brian. The books become more and more enjoyable as one gets to know the characters, something that is made much easier by Ric Jerrom's wonderful narration.

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I've read them all...

...now I'm listening to them all. Fantastic yarns with magnificent detail and extremely well read.

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The joyful Surprise

So Jack Aubrey is back in his rightful place in the Surprise and the luck is back with him and the ship.
Probably my 20th time of reading and listening to these wonderful tales and I am whisked away on deck. Fabulous storytelling in every way!

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Would you listen to The Letter of Marque again? Why?

Yes. It is the kind of book you get lost in. The characters can be believed and you can see them in your minds eye

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Letter of Marque?

The emotional turmoil of Stephen Maturin and the character of Diana.

What about Ric Jerrom’s performance did you like?

Excellent I liked everything. He made the characters live. A good story well read and written

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Love favours the bold

Any additional comments?

O'Brien had such a good way of writing and a gauntlet of characters. The emotions are believable and he writes with depth of feeling, Thoroughly recommend the talking book.

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Absolutely excellent.

Ric Jerrom excels here. He is by far the best narrator of the Aubrey Maturin series. Patrick O Brien wrote the series masterfully and Mr Jerrom brings the characters to life.

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another great story.

o'Brian is the absolute master of the naval yarn, in the footsteps of Forester. what an epic journey the series creates! quite remarkable. best listened to in sequence perhaps. only one tiny quibble: ric Jerrom is an excellent narrator, with a great range of voices and accents but he clearly does not speak French, and the mispronunciations are mildly annoying and should have been picked up. otherwise, perfection.

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great story and very well read

but what has gone wrong with audible? the chapter headings on this book don't match the screen display, and I could not get it to sync with alexa. when I moved from Alexa to my car I lost my place completely

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Brilliant

I absolutely love this book. the performance is perfect and the story is brilliant. I have the whole collection.

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The best in the series so far

I must confess to struggling with some of the books in the series. The naval pursuits are fabulous but the onshore romance sometimes feels a little heavy going. This however is the best and most enjoyable episode I’ve read so far. Well written, well read and most enjoyable. I look forward to starting the next instalment...

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For me this is the best book in the series

Loved the action and the quieter moments that were written in such a skillful manner. What great heroes the two of them are in this tale.