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Publisher's Summary

While surviving life-threatening adventures at sea, Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin find life on land to be even more perilous. Aubrey has dimmed his prospects of an admiralty by his erratic voting in Parliament. He is on even worse terms with his wife, Sophie, when his mother-in-law ferrets out a trove of old personal letters. Fortunately, Maturin brings news that the Chileans need the two seafaring friends to train their navy.Fresh, dynamic, and breathtakingly alive, The Yellow Admiral continues O'Brian's reign as king of historical fiction. Narrator Patrick Tull's accents enhance O'Brian's elegant language, eccentric characters, and authentic nineteenth-century atmosphere.
©1996 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC.
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Critic Reviews

"O'Brian is at the top of his elegant form here." (Publishers Weekly)
"The best historical novels ever written." (The New York Times Book Review)
"They display staggering erudition on almost all aspects of 18th-century life, with impeccable period detail." (Times Literary Supplement)
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By Constance on 06-22-05

It's an Addiction

Ok, this is the 17th book in the series that I've read. Each has been a journey you want to finish but dread to end. There's a little more dry land in this one than in some others and some romance but it is always interesting how O'Brien weaves in the politics, science and everyday life of the period in such a way to make it fascinating and so gosh darn believable. The guy must have read every possible contemporary accounts of the period!

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By Michael on 06-27-06

Near the End of the Series

I have listened to all but one of these books (not number 20 yet) and it is depressing to be coming to the end. This book is, once again, well read by Patrick Tull and is yet another classic story. If you've started here, you started near the end of a long series. If you started earlier, there is nothing I have to say to convince you to listen to this one, too.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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