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    • Master and Commander

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 1
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 863
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 865

    Master and Commander is the first of Patrick O’Brian’s now famous Aubrey-Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written. It establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship’s surgeon and an intelligence agent. It displays the qualities which have put O’Brian far ahead of any of his competitors.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • At last, unabridged and well read...it begins.

    • By John on 19-01-12

    Regular price: £20.99

    • The Mauritius Command

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 4
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 359
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 329
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 329

    In The Mauritius Command, Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half-pay without a command until his friend, occasional intelligence agent Stephen Maturin, arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a Commodore's pennant. But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captains: one a pleasure-seeking dilettante, the other liable to provoke the crew to mutiny.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Chapter 9 fixed. Excellently read.

    • By L. Kelly on 05-10-16

    Regular price: £19.69

    • H.M.S. Surprise

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 3
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 493
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 432
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 431

    H.M.S. Surprise, the third in O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin series, 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, and accepts a commission to convey a British ambassador to the East Indies. The voyage leads him and his friend Stephen Maturin to the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent, and through the archipelago of Spice Islands where the French have a near-overwhelming local superiority.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant storytelling

    • By D. Cottam on 23-12-12

    Regular price: £20.99

    • Desolation Island

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 5
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 333
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 302
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 299

    Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend and surgeon Stephen Maturin sail the Leopard to Australia with a hold full of convicts. Among them is a beautiful and dangerous spy - and a dangerous disease which decimates the crew.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another winner

    • By I.F.Coyle on 14-04-13

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Post Captain

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 2
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 596
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 517
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 516

    This tale begins with Jack Aubrey arriving home from his exploits in the Mediterranean to find England at peace following the Treaty of Amiens. He and his friend Stephen Maturin, surgeon and secret agent, begin to live the lives of country gentlemen, hunting, entertaining, and enjoying amorous adventures. Their comfortable existence, however, is cut short when Jack is overnight reduced to a pauper with enough debts to keep him in prison for life. He flees to the continent to seek refuge.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Post Captain

    • By John on 27-06-12

    Regular price: £20.99

    • The Surgeon's Mate

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 7
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 275
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 241
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 242

    Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are ordered home by despatch vessel to bring the news of their latest victory to the government. But Maturin is a marked man for the havoc he has wrought in the French intelligence network in the New World, and the attentions of two privateers soon become menacing. The chase that follows through the fogs and shallows of the Grand Banks is as thrilling, as tense and as unexpected in its culmination as anything Patrick O'Brian has written.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story, great narration, missing a few words

    • By John Colman on 09-01-18

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Ionian Mission

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 8
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 275
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 240
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 242

    Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans of many battles, return in this novel to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates. But Jack is now a senior captain, commanding a line-of-battle ship sent out to reinforce the squadron blockading Toulon, and this is a longer, harder, colder war than the dashing frigate action of his early days.... A sudden turn of events takes him and Stephen off on a hazardous mission to the Greek islands. All his old skills of seamanship - and luck when fighting against odds - come triumphantly into their own as the story concludes with some fierce and thrilling action.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A classic in the series

    • By Mr Timothy P Butcher on 20-10-18

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Fortune of War

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 6
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 304
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 273
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 270

    Captain Jack Aubrey, RN, arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command of the fastest and best-armed frigate in the Navy. He and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a despatch vessel. But the War of 1812 breaks out while they are en route. Bloody actions precipitate them both into new and unexpected scenes where Stephen's past activities as a secret agent return on him with a vengeance.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent book

    • By Martin on 19-05-15

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Far Side of the World

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 10
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 198
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 198

    It is still the War of 1812 and Jack Aubrey - with his tetchy, sardonic friend Stephen Maturin - has set course across the South Atlantic to intercept a powerful American frigate outward bound to play havoc with the British whaling trade. If they do not come up with her before she rounds the Horn, they must follow her into the Great South Sea and as far across the Pacific as she may lead them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great but shame about the editing

    • By Gillian on 06-05-13

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Letter of Marque

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 12
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 212
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 198
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 197

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fine story, masterly narration

    • By Trevor on 07-05-17

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Reverse of the Medal

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 11
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 197
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 197

    Jack Aubrey returns from his duties protecting whalers off South America and is persuaded by a casual acquaintance to make investments in the City on the strength of supposedly certain information. This innocent decision ensnares him in the London criminal underground and in government espionage - the province of his friend Stephen Maturin. Is Aubrey's humiliation and the threatened ruin of his career a deliberate plot?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Keep them coming

    • By Mark on 24-05-13

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Treason's Harbour

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 9
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 251
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 228
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 229

    While Captain Aubrey worries about repairs to his ship, Stephen Maturin assumes the centre stage; for the dockyards and salons of Malta are alive with Napoleon's agents, and the admiralty's intelligence network is compromised. Maturin's cunning is the sole bulwark against sabotage of Aubrey's daring mission. All of Patrick O'Brian's strengths are on parade in this novel of action and intrigue, set partly in Malta, partly in the treacherous, pirate-infested waters of the Red Sea.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • another great action

    • By Mark on 16-04-13

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Wine-Dark Sea

    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 177
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176

    At the opening of a voyage filled with disaster and delight, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are in pursuit of a privateer sailing under American colours through the Great South Sea. Stephen's objective is to set the revolutionary tinder of South America ablaze to relieve the pressure on the British government which has blundered into war with the young and uncomfortably vigorous United States. The shock and barbarity of hand-to-hand fighting are sharpened by O'Brian's exact sense of period, his eye for landscape and his feel for a ship under sail.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another brilliant episode

    • By Mark on 22-01-14

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Blue at the Mizzen

    • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 20
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 138
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129

    Napoleon has been defeated at Waterloo, and the ensuing peace brings with it both the desertion of nearly half of Captain Aubrey's crew and the sudden dimming of Aubrey's career prospects in a peacetime navy. When the Surprise is nearly sunk on her way to South America - where Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are to help Chile assert her independence from Spain - the delay occasioned by repairs reaps a harvest of strange consequences.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The most excellent series

    • By Julian Summer on 01-10-18

    Regular price: £18.99

    • The Yellow Admiral

    • The Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 18
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • At last

    • By Mark on 16-06-15

    Regular price: £18.99

    • The Commodore

    • (Vol. Book 17)
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 153
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 154

    Having survived a long and desperate adventure in the Great South Sea, Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin return to England to very different circumstances. For Jack it is a happy homecoming, at least initially, but for Stephen it is disastrous: his little daughter appears to be autistic, incapable of speech or contact, while his wife, Diana, unable to bear this situation, has disappeared, her house being looked after by the widowed Clarissa Oakes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Third time of listening, just gets better!

    • By Ian David Williamson on 27-05-16

    Regular price: £18.99

    • The Nutmeg of Consolation

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 14
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 193
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The saga continues.

    • By Retro Brit on 15-02-19

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Thirteen-Gun Salute

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 13
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 181
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 181

    Jack Aubrey and his old friend Dr Maturin are sailing on a secret mission with a hand-picked crew, most of them shipmates from the adventures and lucrative voyages of earlier years.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful books superbly read

    • By Horsebridge Harry on 01-10-17

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Hundred Days

    • (Vol. Book 19)
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 136
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135

    Napoleon, escaped from Elba, pursues his enemies across Europe like a vengeful phoenix. If he can corner the British and Prussians before their Russian and Austrian allies arrive, his genius will lead the French armies to triumph at Waterloo. In the Balkans, preparing a thrust northwards into Central Europe to block the Russians and Austrians, a horde of Muslim mercenaries is gathering.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ecellent

    • By Beverley H on 18-01-19

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Clarissa Oakes

    • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 15 (Unabridged)
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168

    Captain Jack Aubrey sails away from the hated Australian prison colonies in his favourite vessel the Surprise, pondering on middle age and sexual frustration. He soon becomes aware that he is out of touch with the mood of his ship: to his astonishment he finds that in spite of a lifetime's experience he does not know what the foremost hands or even his own officers are thinking.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic again....

    • By Mark on 15-10-13

    Regular price: £19.69

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