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
emotive, thrilling, satisfying
The moment that Stephen heard his daughter talk for the first time. Closely followed by his reunion with Diana.
All of the previous books in the series. his performance is equally as good
The scenes with Stephens' daughter made me almost cry.
Stephen's turn of phrase is fantastic.
"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.
"Third time of listening, just gets better!"
Great book in a great series. I love the detail and accuracy. Recommended to all.
"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.
"Not the best"
Lots of build up to a naval engagement at the end that only lasted about ten minutes, and lacked almost all the usual details.
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