Aubrey/Maturin

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Master and Commander Summary

The first book in the Aubrey/Maturin series.

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 contains all the action and excitement which could possibly be hoped for in a historical novel, but it also displays the qualities which have put O'Brian far ahead of any of his competitors: his depiction of the detail of life aboard a Nelsonic man-of-war, of weapons, food, conversation, and ambience, of the landscape, and of the sea. O'Brian's portrayal of each of these is faultless and the sense of period throughout is acute. His power of characterisation is above all masterly.

This brilliant historical novel marked the debut of a writer who grew into one of our greatest novelists ever.

©1994 Patrick O'Brian (P)2003 HarperCollins UK
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  • Book 1

    • Master and Commander

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 1
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing abridgement

    • By Mr on 28-01-10

    Regular price: £7.99

  • Book 2

    • Post Captain

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 2
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 12

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • There are better versions out there

    • By J. Egan on 25-12-09

    Regular price: £7.99

  • Book 3

    • H.M.S. Surprise

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 3
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Why abridged?

    • By Simon on 03-02-10

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  • Book 4

    • The Mauritius Command

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 4
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    On half-pay and without a command, Captain Jack Aubrey is stranded at home in an over-crowded cottage with his large and frequently bad-tempered family. When Jack has almost given up hope of ever returning to sea, Stephen Maturin, ship's doctor, occasional intelligence agent, and Jack's closest friend, brings secret orders that Jack is to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a Commodore's pennant.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Mauritus Command

    • By crumbly on 20-02-06

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  • Book 5

    • Desolation Island

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 5
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 10

    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 treacherous disease which decimates the crew.

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  • Book 6

    • The Fortune of War

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 6
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    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.

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  • Book 7

    • The Surgeon's Mate

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 7
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • THE SURGEON'S MATE

    • By MICHAEL on 04-04-07

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  • Book 8

    • The Ionian Mission

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 8
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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 actions of his early days.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good, not the best in the series

    • By Thorin Seex on 03-07-18

    Regular price: £6.99

  • Book 9

    • Treason's Harbour

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 9
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    Uniquely among authors of naval fiction, Patrick O'Brian's characters develop with experience, and although the Jack Aubrey of Treason's Harbour has a record of successes to equal that of the most brilliant of Nelson's band of brothers, and is no less formidable or decisive in action, he has grown wiser, kinder, and gentler too.

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  • Book 10

    • The Far Side of the World

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 10
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    It is still the War of 1812. Patrick O'Brian takes his hero Jack Aubrey and his sardonic friend Stephen Maturin on a voyage as fascinating as anything he has ever written. They set course across the South Atlantic to intercept a powerful American frigate outward bound to play havoc with the British whaling trade.

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  • Book 11

    • The Reverse of the Medal

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 11
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    The Reverse of the Medal is in all respects an unconventional naval tale. 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. From there he is led into the half worlds of the London criminal underground and of government espionage, the province of his friend, Stephen Maturin, on whom alone he can rely.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Part way there

    • By John L. on 15-02-06

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  • Book 12

    • The Letter of Marque

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 12
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Jack Aubrey is a naval officer, a post-captain of experience and capacity. When The Letter of Marque opens he has been struck off the Navy List for a crime he has not committed. With Aubrey is his friend and ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin, who is also an unofficial British intelligence agent.

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  • Book 13

    • The Thirteen-Gun Salute

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 13
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    As The Thirteen-Gun Salute opens, Jack Aubrey has been reinstated to his command, and he 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. But Patrick O'Brian's resourcefulness is a sure warrant that things will not turn out as his readers or characters expect. Twists and turns, sub-plots, echoes from the past, these are the only certainties in this astonishing novel.

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  • Book 14

    • The Nutmeg of Consolation

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 14
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    The Nutmeg of Consolation opens with Jack Aubrey and his friend the intelligence agent Stephen Maturin stranded, following a shipwreck, on an uninhabited island in the Dutch East Indies, under siege by ferocious Malay pirates. They contrive their escape, but after a change of ship, find themselves caught up in a night chase in fiercly tidal waters and then embroiled in the much more insidious conflicts of the terrifying penal settlements of New South Wales.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thank you Patrick O'Brian

    • By Rupert on 16-04-11

    Regular price: £6.99

  • Book 15

    • Clarissa Oakes

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 15
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Captain Jack Aubrey sails away from the brutal Australian prison colonies, returned to his favourite ship the Surprise, but pondering on middle age and sexual frustration. Furthermore, 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 foremast hands or even his own officers are thinking.

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  • Book 16

    • The Wine-Dark Sea

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 16
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    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, already engaged in a death-struggle with a Europe dominated by Napoleon, has blundered into war with the young and uncomfortably vigorous United States.

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  • Book 17

    • The Commodore

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 17
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    Jack Aubrey's long service is at last rewarded: he is promoted to the rank of Commodore and given a squadron of ships to command. His mission is twofold: to make a large dent in the slave trade off the coast of Africa and, on his return, to intercept a French fleet set for Bantry Bay with a cargo of weapons for the disaffected among the Irish. Invention and surprise follow at every turn in this tale of 19th-century seamanship, as rich, as compelling, and as masterly as any of its predecessors.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another good yarn

    • By Rupert on 15-06-10

    Regular price: £6.99

  • Book 18

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  • Book 19

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  • Book 20

    • Blue at the Mizzen

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 20
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    This is the 20th book in Patrick O'Brian's highly acclaimed, best-selling series chronicling the adventures of lucky Jack Aubrey and his best friend Stephen Maturin, part ship's doctor, part secret agent.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • BLUE at the Mizzen

    • By MICHAEL on 04-04-07

    Regular price: £6.99

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