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Comment: UK SELLER. Published by Isis Audio Books, UK, 1997. 12 CASSETTES. COMPLETE AND UNABRIDGED. Read by Patrick Tull. 14hrs 30mins duration. Library copy, no stickers to case, stickers on tapes have one neat faint stamp, some tape stickers have rubbing to edges, side 9 has half of sticker missing. (31/5)
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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books; Unabridged edition (31 Mar. 1997)
  • ISBN-10: 0753101475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753101476
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,531,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick O'Brian, until his death in 2000, was one of our greatest contemporary novelists. He is the author of the acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin tales and the biographer of Joseph Banks and Picasso. He is the author of many other books including Testimonies, and his Collected Short Stories. In 1995 he was the first recipient of the Heywood Hill Prize for a lifetime's contribution to literature. In the same year he was awarded the CBE. In 1997 he received an honorary doctorate of letters from Trinity College, Dublin. He lived for many years in South West France and he died in Dublin in January 2000.

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Captain Jack Aubrey sets sail for Cape Horn, determined to intercept an American frigate before it can wreak havoc on the British whaling trade. As always, he is accompanied by intelligence operative Stephen Maturin, and as always, Aubrey has no idea of what his companion is up to. Another impeccably written adventure, by the end of which you should be able to identify a mizzen topsail in your sleep. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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These eccentric, improbably novels seem to have been written by Patrick O'Brian to please himself in the first instance, and thereafter to please those readers who may share his delight in precision of language, odd lands and colors, a humane respect for such old-fashioned sentiments as friendship and honor. Like Aubrey and Maturin playing Mozart duets beneath a Pacific moon, he works elegant variations on the tradition of the seafaring adventure story. --Thomas Flanagan" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By cabd@carrotmail.com on 21 Feb. 2000
Format: Paperback
A truly stunning work from Patrick O'Brian. From reading this work, the central thrust of which follows the two main characters (Dr Steven Maturin, ships surgeon, naturalist and intelligence agent) and Captain Jack Aubrey RN (a genius at sea, a loser on land) onto the frigate HMS Surprise during the war of 1812, as they persue a powerful American frigate into the Pacific to prtect British whalers. O'Brian describes the characters so vividly, the surroundings and action so well that you could swear he'd lived it all. To cap it all off, there's a great supporting cast of characters that add more depth than other writers in this field ever seem capable of concocting, and at times the interractions of the men on board the ship had me laughing outloud.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Old Wealden on 19 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
This, the tenth book of the Aubrey/Maturin series, is one of my favourites because there are far fewer sea battles than in some of the books; these tend to confuse me. Though the recent film was called "Master and Commander" its plot is closest, but not identical to this book. It does, however, describe what it was like to travel around Cape Horn in a sailing ship in the foulest and most frightening conditions. One of the reasons why many people read these books so avidly is the way O'Brian includes the results of his meticulous historical research without ever making the story less interesting or formulaic. Here he includes a detailed account of whaling the days of sail and anyone interested in the history of medicine would be fascinated by the various treatments meted out to the sick and injured. But the characters never become subservient to the facts; they have all the contradictory traits of real people cooped up in the small space of the ship with a lot of others for months on end. O'Brian's enthusiasm for his subject is tremendous but he never becomes mushy or sentimental; the reader is spared nothing as O'Brian describes the hard, repetive work, the privations and the dangers of life at sea but somehow he makes us understand why, for men like Jack Aubrey, it was the situation in which they were most happy.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Richard Leveson on 12 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
What's actually very interesting is the disparity of opinion here on O'Brien's writing and, of course, of the "Master and Commander" series especially. "Verbose" says one critic "Meaningless waffle" says another, as he recommends "Hornblower" as the real stuff. Of course it's easy for people like me who adore O'Brien's work to dismiss these critics as being insensitive to nuance or even plain ignorant, but, no, I don't believe that. Some people just don't take to O'Brien and, sure, I could see how some could think they see verbosity and waffle when they open these pages. But verbosity is a superfluity of words: words expended without any purpose and contributing nothing - mere waffle indeed. In reality there's nowhere that I can think of in O'Brien where such an accusation is deserved. Sure you need to read (and often to re-read) most carefully what he is saying, but if you have the time, the purpose of each and every single word is very clear and, in fact, O'Brien is extremely economical with his verbage, and he always, always sets out to convey exactly what he means to say! How refreshing that is when so often today a writer uses grand-sounding sentences and leaves you and me open mouthed in misunderstanding (and certain critics with the chance to say that the meaning is different according to the reader - but evidently deeply profound)! That's not O'Brien's style - the meaning is always unambiguously there for those with the perseverance to retrieve it. And that's the point: to put across complex (and often very novel) ideas about human nature,humanity, historical events, philosophy and classical learning and much more, you NEED quite a lot of words. The wisdom of O'Brien is extraordinarily deep. That he did not receive the Nobel prize is the pity of the world!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Cottam on 24 Dec. 2012
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After enjoying the Peter Weir film Master and commander, I started to read the entire opus.
They are very satisfying adventures with the added pleasures of social, medical and natural history .
O'Brian writes in the style of the period with lashings of quaint and obscure language which I enjoy. The average standard dictionary is not up to the task so I need online resources. The main characters are well drawn with many quirky characteristics. Dialogue is brilliantly rendered and often very amusing. Before reading these books, I had categorised them as ripping yarns , but they are also works of prodigious research and scholarship and despite the numerous digressions from the main action I've been eager to keep reading on to the end of the series. I'm writing as a land lubber. The pleasure of these books must be even greater for those who know the sea well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sprootie on 3 July 2013
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I'm a big fan of all of the Aubrey series by Patrick O'Brian, and this is one of the my favourite books of the series.
In this book Aubrey and Maturin are chasing down an American frigate that is sailing into southern waters to target British whalers. The twists and turns of this novel are great, with the initial scenes set in Malta before they set sail. The denouement of this novel is really good, with some great writing, and you can feel the tension. I won't give anything more away than that.
As usual this is an excellently written book by O'Brian, with his humour and in particular the way he describes life aboard a naval vessel. Also, the way he writes about the action and fighting. Another 5 star novel, and one of the best of the series.
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