Desolation Island : Aubrey/Maturin

  • by Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by Patrick Tull
  • Series: Aubrey/Maturin
  • 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jack's prize money has set the household accounts aright, but if he continues frittering it on naive extravagances, it will be gone in a fortnight. Fortunately he gets a commission aboard the Leopard, bound for Australia to rescue the hated and captive Captain Bligh.


What the Critics Say

"O'Brian is not that hard a taste to acquire, but he is very tough to shake...[the Aubrey/Maturin series] is a great work." (Boston Globe)


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Most moving chase sequence in the whole series

Not only does this volume contain the most moving naval chase sequence in the entire Aubrey/Maturin series (against the Dutch 74-gun Waakzaamheid), but it is the beginning of an international intrigue of Steven's that eventually leads (in Fortune of War) to his getting back together with Diana Villiers. These two together comprise the most coherent story telling of the series. Kudos to Audible for bringing aboard the original unabridged recordings. Keep them coming!
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- Gene "Favorites: Invention of Wings, Cutting for Stone, All the Light We Cannot See"

Cutting a Coat According to One's Cloth

"But I was forgetting -- all is grist to your grisly mill..."
- Patrick O'Brian, Desolation Island

I'm only five books into this series, but I must declare that I love these books like I love ice water on the beach, or hot chocolate with a warm blanket on a Fall night. Rarely do I find a writer that amazes and seduces me with his/her technical skill, prose, poetry, and sense of humanity. I've said the same thing of John le Carré, but I really do feel that when a lot of the bones and books of our modern classics are dead, bleached, buried and forgotten, this series will be still published, read and loved.

Patrick O'Brian captures a certain dynamic element of what it means to be alive, to love, to kill, to scheme, and to befriend. The relationship between Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin is one of the great friendships in literature EVER. I say that after ONLY reading 1/4 of the series. I can't imagine that O'Brian can sustain this level of resonance, but I have said that before when I first heard Bach's Violin Concertos. I had still yet to discover all the other pieces Bach had in his repertoire. I am older and humbler now. I am prepared to be humbled by future O'Brian masterpieces.
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- Darwin8u "I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2004
  • Publisher: Recorded Books