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"

Just a set up for future novels.

This 5th in the serious is suprisingly boring. Not much happens. Jack is spending money like a drunken sailor on shore (pun intended) Without giving away the events of the novel I can say the voyage is boring, the encounter with a Dutch 74 ends abruptly in a dissappointing way. The novel ends abruptly. The major purpose of this novel seems to be set the stage for future novels.
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Book Details

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