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The Letter of Marque

Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 12
Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
Series: Aubrey/Maturin, Book 12
Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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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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  • 20-06-15

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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5 star enjoyment

Be careful with these O’Brian books, they seriously are addictive and will cost you many hours a week!

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  • surrey
  • 05-04-19

Superb

These are the best series of books I have ever read. They are even better in audio format.
I would even confess to loving Diana Villiers a little.
If you feel like living in this era, listen and you will be transported back.

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Splendid.

I think I'm falling hoplessly in love with Diane Villiers. A splendid story of the Aubrey/Maturin saga.

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one of his best

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

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Another Good Tale

A good story line with the Naval interwoven with the personal fir both our heroes. Should have been entitled Aubrey Does It Again !

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3rd time of listening, I think I'm hooked!

I love this series the characters are so well rounded and believable. I have listened so often I can now only hear Aubrey and Maturin read by Ric Jerrom. I have read the series and listened to it at least 3 times and I wish that he could finish the series. Recommended listening.

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  • Maghera, United Kingdom
  • 23-02-15

A fantastic chapter in the saga

A fantastic instalment in this long series of books. Not too much in the way of the less interesting "shore based" goings on, and plenty of action at sea.

Having accidentally purchased a copy with a different narrator, I now better appreciate the work that Ric Jerrom does to bring the various characters to life. (Thanks to audible for refunding my credit so I could correct the error!)