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Blue at the Mizzen

Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 20
Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
Series: Aubrey/Maturin, Book 20
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Napoleon has been defeated at Waterloo, and the ensuing peace brings with it both the desertion of nearly half of Captain Aubrey's crew and the sudden dimming of Aubrey's career prospects in a peacetime navy. When the Surprise is nearly sunk on her way to South America - where Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are to help Chile assert her independence from Spain - the delay occasioned by repairs reaps a harvest of strange consequences.

The South American expedition is a desperate affair; and in the end Jack's bold initiative to strike at the vastly superior Spanish fleet precipitates a spectacular naval action that will determine both Chile's fate and his own.

©1999 Patrick O'Brian (P)2014 Audible Studios

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  • George Allan
  • 05-08-2018

wonderful series.

Sad to be finished listening to these wonderful books. I have read them all twice before but, the brilliant narration of Ric Jerrom made them a joy to hear. I wish someone would pick up from the much missed Patrick O'Brien, God rest him, and write another twenty books.

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  • Rod
  • 25-04-2017

Loved it.

There's something special about all the books in this series.
Thankyou Rick.
And most of all thankyou you Patrick.
May your God smile upon you.

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  • Julian Summer
  • 01-10-2018

The most excellent series

I am reviewing the series rather than this last book. I can think of few literary experiences that have given me more pleasure than the Aubrey Maturin series. The depth of characterisation is incredible and three dimensional. The main characters are all lovely and the villains devious and dastardly. The historical details are riveting and the naval battles exhilarating. Lastly Ric Jerrom is one of the very best readers. He can do many realistic accents and voices including women and manages to keep them separate and consistent. I’m very sorry there are no more books!

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  • Simon
  • 01-06-2016

A fitting end ... Ish

I very much enjoyed this book but the pleasure is tinged with a little sadness knowing that it is the last full Aubrey Maturin novel. well read as always and very much makes you think that even after all this time, perhaps especially, a movie sequel with the same cast could be excellent.

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  • Mr
  • 26-07-2020

Great book as usual - great narration.

I actually had a slight wobble of the lip in the last ten minutes. At what is now almost the end of the series I see the regular crew, Jack and Stephen as more than just characters in books - I almost feel I know them.
Men of honour and role models as well as adventurers and philosophers- the young people of today could do worse than study these books and the subliminal messages they contain ...

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  • Ian M
  • 26-02-2020

Usual fantastic story

It’s the saddest book as it’s the last and I won’t be able to read another story in this fantastic series of stories about characters that will undoubtedly resonate through history as some of the greatest naval stories ever told

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  • Nickrs
  • 09-10-2019

Another excellent O'Brian.

Perfectly written, very evocative, an engrossing narrative and excellently performed. Highly recommended fpr a bedtime book.

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  • Tom Holloway
  • 04-02-2019

Brilliant

O'Brian is a treasure, and Ric Jerrom as well. Why do I need to write at least fifteen words? What nonsense.

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  • Clare C
  • 25-02-2015

Worth the wait!

Another great performance by Ric Jerrom. So good to be able to listen to the whole set by one performer. Just Men of War to add the icing on the cake... 😃

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