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Life ashore may once again be the undoing of Jack Aubrey in The Yellow Admiral, Patrick O'Brian's best-selling novel and eighteenth volume in the Aubrey/Maturin series.

Aubrey, now a considerable though impoverished landowner, has dimmed his prospects at the admiralty by his erratic voting as a member of Parliament; he is feuding with his neighbor, a man with strong navy connections who wants to enclose the common land between their estates; he is on even worse terms with his wife, Sophie, whose mother has ferreted out a most damaging trove of old personal letters. Even Jack's exploits at sea turn sour: in the storm waters off Brest he captures a French privateer laden with gold and ivory, but this at the expense of missing a signal and deserting his post. Worst of all, in the spring of 1814, peace breaks out, and this feeds into Jack's private fears for his career.

Fortunately Jack is not left to his own devices. Stephen Maturin returns from a mission in France with the news that the Chileans, to secure their independence, require a navy, and the service of English officers. Jack is savoring this apparent reprieve for his career as well as Sophie's forgiveness,when he receives an urgent dispatch ordering him to Gibraltar: Napoleon has escaped from Elba.

©1996 Patrick O'Brian (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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At last

I had mailed and contacted audible via chat after Wine Dark Sea came out begging to know when Ric Jerrom would resume the next book - ok the next few came out of sequence but thank God they came. Jesus, mary and Joseph I laughed out loud for parts of this. I think these books are my favourite books of all time and Ric jerrom for me is masterful in his portrayal of our 2 main hero. Off now to finish the series, then I will start all over again.

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lacks action

Couldn't finish it. Their lordships talked, but nobody seemed to do anything of interest.

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In a league of its own

A truly fantastic series, so detailed and colourful, with wonderful narration which brings the characters to life

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Very happy to return to this.

I had great difficulty finding it pre-Amazon. Would recommend whole series - even over Forrester.

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Good listening

Well read, a story episode in this entertaining series. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audio book.

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Very good

Excellent couldn't stop or put book down looking for next instalment
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Such an enthralling series

The relationship between the 2 main characters develops gradually over the series. There is much humour, much texture and background and much principalled behaviour.

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Brilliant

This a wonderful book read perfectly. Rewards repeated listening. I highly recommend the whole series.

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Another cracker beautifully read by Ric Jerrom

Listen to the whole series; you won't regret it. Ric Jerrom brings the whole world to life.

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Ecellent

The whole of the Aubrey/ Machurin Series is such a good story it gripped e from start to finish of the 20 titles. I soon got used to the nautical details. What made the whole thing hugely enjoyable was Ric Jerome's excellent reading. He is literally superlative. Every sentence and paragraph flow with ease and are made totally understandable. I have listened to the series every day for a year, and every single day I wished I could tell Ric what pleasure he has given me.

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Stick with the Patrick Tull version

I had A very hard time listening to Mr. Jerrom’s narration after having listened to several read by Patrick Tull. Night and day.