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Shipwrecked on a remote island in the Dutch East Indies, Captain Aubrey, surgeon and secret intelligence agent Stephen Maturin, and the crew of the Diane fashion a schooner from the wreck.
A vicious attack by Malay pirates is repulsed, but the makeshift vessel burns, and they are truly marooned. Their escape from this predicament is one that only the whimsy and ingenuity of Patrick O Brian or Stephen Maturin could devise. In command now of a new ship, the Nutmeg, Aubrey pursues his interrupted mission.
The dreadful penal colony in New South Wales, harrowingly described, is the backdrop to a diplomatic crisis provoked by Maturin s Irish temper, and to a near-fatal encounter with the wildlife of the Australian outback.
©1989 The Estate of the late Patrick O'Brian CBE (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By Renita on 03-22-16

Wonderful

This is one of the best books in the series , though they are all great.
The insight of early Australia is particularly good.
Best narrator I have heard.

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By Yoyo on 05-19-17

Love the unpredictability

I love it that in the 14th book of the series Patrick O'Brian still has the ability to shock, intrigue and surprise. Ric Jerrom is a master reader - keeping the consistency of all the many, many different voices.

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By phill on 02-20-17

Enjoyable

I've followed the series up to here and am full of admiration for the world O'Brian has created. I'm afraid I prefer the other narrators I have been used to with a different edition from the library. Jerrom uses lots of inflection and a rise and fall of volume and tone - always where it seems unnecessary. Jack Aubrey is often given a turn of voice far far too effeminate which really niggles and sometimes I'd prefer he stick to a flatter delivery of accents leaving me able to interpret for myself. I very nearly skipped the book out of frustration! I wont say I got used to it but I'm hooked on O'Brian's world now and it keeps me sane on a long drive! Perhaps, in fairness to Jerrom, I'm just used to my usual narrators now - others clearly really enjoyed his delivery.

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By borneveryminute on 09-24-16

Brilliant O'Brian at his best.

a whimsical tour de force through the south pacific with all the elements that make this author so beloved

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