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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.
Much of The Commodore takes place on land, in sitting rooms and in drafty castles, but the roar of the great guns is never far from our hearing. Aubrey and Maturin are sent on a bizarre decoy mission to the fever-ridden lagoons of the Gulf of Guinea to suppress the slave trade. But their ultimate destination is Ireland, where the French are mounting an invasion that will test Aubrey's seamanship and Maturin's resourcefulness as a secret intelligence agent.
The subtle interweaving of these disparate themes is an achievement of pure storytelling by one of our greatest living novelists.
©1994 Patrick O'Brian (P)2014 Audible, Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 05-09-15

Still going strong

This series continues to immerse and beguile. Get lost once again in the world of Maturin and Aubrey during the Napoleonic wars.

Audible for a long time had managed to confuse the book of the same title from C. S. Forester with this book by Patrick OBrian. So it has taken me nearly a year to pick up the series again. I nearly succumbed and went with the same title read by another narrator. but Ric Jerrom was worth waiting for.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ian David Williamson on 05-27-16

Third time of listening, just gets better!

Great book in a great series. I love the detail and accuracy. Recommended to all.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Michael Bedford on 03-22-15

One of his better books

Well performed and very believable. One of the best books in the series. Even though towards the end of the series a good stand alone book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bruce Beer on 05-13-16

The best reader for the best writer.

If you could sum up The Commodore in three words, what would they be?

emotive, thrilling, satisfying

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Commodore?

The moment that Stephen heard his daughter talk for the first time. Closely followed by his reunion with Diana.

Have you listened to any of Ric Jerrom’s other performances? How does this one compare?

All of the previous books in the series. his performance is equally as good

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The scenes with Stephens' daughter made me almost cry.

Any additional comments?

Stephen's turn of phrase is fantastic.

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