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Publisher's Summary

Master and Commander is the first of Patrick O’Brian’s now famous Aubrey-Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written. It establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship’s surgeon and an intelligence agent. It displays the qualities which have put O’Brian far ahead of any of his competitors: his depiction of the detail of life aboard an early 19th century man-of-war, of weapons, food, conversation and ambience, of the landscape and of the sea. O’Brian’s portrayal of each of these is faultless and the sense of period throughout is acute. His power of characterisation is above all masterly. Ric Jerrom reads this classic sea story from Patrick O’Brien.

©2014 Audible, Inc.; 1970 The Estate of the late Patrick O’Brien CBE

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  • A
  • Ballan, Australia
  • 20-07-2016

The whole series is excellent

As with all series, some stories are better than others, but if you are into Jack and Stephen you won't really care, you can't skip a book because it isn't quite up to the others. Having read them all many years ago I am now listening on the drive to work, which means I sometimes have to sit in the car waiting for an especially exciting segment to come to a climax. It is a good thing I am in the country because the excitement of the sea battles can be a little distracting. The wonderful descriptions of the life at sea, and the brief periods on land are thoroughly researched. The quieter interludes provided by the philosophical musings of Stephen would not be to everyone taste, but provide a more intellectual stimulation in contrast to the rest.They are a very humane pair, particularly Jack, who knocks an incompetent footpad on the head, then not knowing what to do about the unconscious body on land, carries him home and gives him to Stephen to nurse back to health, then, feeling a vague responsibility for him, they give him a job. I am very happy in the knowledge that I have many more of them to listen to.

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The best of the series

Having read all the books in the series three times and this is the second listening I consider that this first book is amongst the best. It is such a pity that no one has written a similar account of the Navy's actions of this period as O'Brian.

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Capital story, and well read indeed, sir!

I started reading this series of books a few years back, and got through many but couldn't resist when I saw them on Audible. Very glad I did, as the vocal performance is really well done - accents, tone and pace all contributing to the book. This story won't suit everyone, and the dialogue is filled with archaic mannerisms and nautical terms but it's a classic sea-story that brings the Napoleonic wars to life.

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  • Roderic
  • Victoria Park, Australia
  • 15-08-2018

Excellent in detail and drama

I enjoyed every aspect of this book, though some of the sailing details were beyond me. I had read the book previously and listening to it confirmed my opinion of its quality.

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Struggled to follow

Found that I had to concentrate to keep up with the story; just got too hard in the end and gave up

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Brings the past to life

Beautifully read, great characterisation of Jack Aubrey by the author and an all round ripping yarn

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Best series of books...?

I have now read Patrick O'Brian's series on Lucky Jack Aubrey from beginning to end on several occasions but listening to this audible version has brought it truly to light for me. Thanks GSP for putting me onto this excellent medium!

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  • V
  • 20-07-2016

a must!

I LOVED it ..just as everyone said O'brian is an àmazing author, technical depth and full characters...superb narraror, rich with accents and never falted..he even sings well!.

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fabulous!!

loved the story, Napoleonic Era naval stories are awesome and this one tops it!! Loooooved it!!

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  • Lachlan
  • Canberra, Australia
  • 17-10-2015

Escape to the sea

What about Ric Jerrom’s performance did you like?

Ric Jerome's performance is very characterful, each character carefully distinguished in accent, tone and attitude. Brilliant.

Any additional comments?

One of my favorite series - having read the series I was hesitant about listening to it, but it is a great joy.

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  • John
  • 19-01-2012

At last, unabridged and well read...it begins.

... It is not the best of his novels, (he really hits his stride a few stories down the line) but it is the right place to begin and after a slow start in Port Mahon this story gets interesting. The really great thing about O Brian's novels, apart from the detail and authentic atmosphere, is the way he manages to steer clear of the old three act hero's journey structure. There is action and heroism of course, but so much more, and his stories seem to warp and change key in unexpected ways, often wrong-footing the reader. I do hope we are going to see the rest of the series released unabridged too. (If possible read by Ric Jerrom.)

Huzzay!

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  • Michael
  • 05-02-2012

Unabridged at last

This is the first of a fantastic series of book. I have read them all. I must admit that the first time I read Master and commander I was not drawn straight into it. I found it to be a bit of a slow burn and O’Brian does not leave out any detail of life on board ship so there is a sea of very technical language that it is very easy to sink in. I persevered however and was soon lost in the world of the 19th century royal navy and the many adventures of Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend and Master Spy Stephen Maturin. The day I finished the last book was a sad day indeed but what a ride!
At the moment this and just one other of the books seem to be available in their unabridged form. I Have asked and beg any fans of the novel to join me in asking Audible to try and get the whole series available in the unabridged form on this side of the Atlantic where jack and Stephan would want them.

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  • Anne
  • 12-03-2012

Fantastic and unabridged

I was so pleased, when I found, that I could get this unabridged version of Master and Commander. The story is full of humor and life. Ric Jerroms narration is spot on.

I would love to be able to buy the rest of the series in an unabridged version.

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  • Toby
  • 04-05-2014

Jack! You have debauched my Sloth!

What made the experience of listening to Master and Commander the most enjoyable?

The Aubrey/Maturin series are classics. They are quite simply the best historical novels ever written.

They open a window into a world two hundred years gone - the world of the Royal Navy during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. This was a time of blood and thunder, of maritime siege, a war of long, patient endurance against a tenacious and powerful enemy.

The story follows the adventures of two heroes in this war: Captain 'Lucky' Jack Aubrey and the physician, naturalist, and secret agent Stephen Maturin.

And what adventures! O'Brian's books are filled with espionage, warfare and the stinking reek of gunpowder. They are also full of humanity: perverse and humorous, dear and terrible, wonderfully alive.

The narration is excellent - Ric Jerrom is a revelation. He gives a supremely able and assured performance - certainly on a par with Audible's other star narrators (for instance Rupert Degas and Toby Longworth).

Start with book one today! There is not a moment to be lost!

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  • psiloiordinary
  • 27-12-2012

Which it was a relief!

As a massive fan of this justly famous and much loved series I was nervous of possible mortal injury to my own internal narrator from some badly formed and merely commercial attempt at an audiobook.



So I am pleased to confirm that it is Beautifully read with the characters voiced delightfully.



I hesitated for months before taking a chance on this. If you are a big Aubrey and Maturin fan then buy it now.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Nicola
  • 01-04-2012

Blissful

Prodigious fine book, with dashing good narration.

I have read all the novels but enjoyed this audiobook tremendously, O'.Brian creates is a world in which one cannot help but be utterly immersed. The dialogue, especially that between Aubrey and Maturin, is sheer joy. More unabridged Patrick O'Brien please.

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  • william
  • 05-04-2012

Unabridged. At last.

Unlike another reviewer, I have been waiting for the unabridged versions of the O'Brian novels to appear on Audible ever since I joined. The whole series was available on cassette but sadly I never recorded them, and I have found the abridged versions unsatisfying.
I consider them to be the best naval historical fiction - loosely based on a real naval captain - ever written, and can only hope that more will appear in due course.

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  • Techie Mike
  • 02-07-2014

Excellent story very well read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is a must for anyone interested in the sea or tales of history adventure. The attention to outstanding so much so it is hard to imagine that the book was written 170 years after the events.

Have you listened to any of Ric Jerrom’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes - they are all extremely well narrated, his ability to change characters seamless is brilliant he has brought this story alive!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This book indeed this series warrants savouring over days or weeks. The attention to detail sometimes requires full attention which it would be hard to do in one sitting.

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  • einel
  • 08-07-2013

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I loved the movie with jack russel (hope i wrote the name right).
When i saw there is a book of the title i had to check it.
new to buying audio books online, but this boo is very interesting and the performence is lively. very recommended.

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  • Ian
  • 22-05-2012

Please listen to the crew!!!

Loved these books for years, such detail, such knowledge, such style, such a mordant wit and most of all such fabulous and detailed yarns.
I also enjoyed the film which was (loosely) based on this and a later novel "The Far Side of the World".
Comimg to the Audible version I was a little nervous: the main characters have their own voices in my imagination after all these years, but this reading did not let me down. In fact some of the more obscure nautical passages (and for the beginner these can be a tad daunting) became clearer through Mr. Jerrom's excellent reading.
The only disappointment is that I couldn't go straight on to Post Captain, because Audible have only produced one other unabridged novel in the series.
Come on Audible, we may be a smallish crew of admirers, but we are loyal to Honest Jack and we will happily follow him and the admirable Doctor for another 19 of these excellent tales.
Brilliant.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful