At the outset of this adventure, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin pursue a heavy American privateer through the Great South Sea. Their ship, the Surprise, is now also a privateer, the better to escape diplomatic complications from Stephen's mission, which is to ignite the revolutionary tinder of South America. Jack will survive a desperate open-boat journey and come face to face with his illegitimate black son; Stephen, caught up in the aftermath of his failed coup, will flee for his life into the high, frozen wastes of the Andes; and Patrick O'Brian's brilliantly detailed narrative will reuinte them at last in a breathtaking chase through storm seas and icebergs south of Cape Horn.More
"So much better than the competition that comparisons long ago ceased to be relevant: [the Aubrey/Maturin books] are uniquely excellent." (The New York Times)
"Meticulously researched and heart-stoppingly vivid." (Washington Post Book World)
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Patrick Tull is the only narrator to choose
If you've gotten this far, you don't need a review
Hip, hop, horray
They're always the same; Aubrey, Maturin, Bonden; having listened to all the books, they feel like friends
Tull is beyond compare. He has all the accents down beautifully, and his voice is perfect for this seafaring classic.
I'd like to listen to all 20+ in one sitting.
A tour de force; I'll have more to say after the last volume.
- L. M. Tierney Jr.