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Publisher's Summary

The second book in the Aubrey/Maturin series.

This tale begins with Jack Aubrey arriving home from his exploits in the Mediterranean to find England at peace following the Treaty of Amiens. He and his friend Stephen Maturin, surgeon and secret agent, begin to live the lives of country gentlemen, hunting, entertaining, and enjoying amorous adventures. Their comfortable existence, however, is cut short when Jack is overnight reduced to a pauper with enough debts to keep him in prison for life. He flees to the continent to seek refuge; instead he finds himself a hunted fugitive as Napoleon has ordered the internment of all Englishmen in France.

©1997 Patrick O'Brian (P)1997 HarperCollins UK

Critic Reviews

"You are in for the treat of your lives." ( Irish Times)
"Written with most engaging enthusiasm that can't fail to give pleasure to anybody who enjoys historical adventure flavoured with more than a dash of realism." ( Sunday Times)

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  • TomH
  • 27-09-2011

Abridged

An Abridged book - bought by accident - and not worth the effort - all the enjoyment of the book surgically removed,

when can we have the full set (of 21) unabridged books?

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  • J. Egan
  • 25-12-2009

There are better versions out there

I am reviewing the quality of the audiobook here and not the story. I found this version of "Post Captain: Aubrey-Maturin" hard to follow and not worth the price. There are other unabridged version of this on audio book which have more clarity and do more justice to Patrick O'Brian's work.

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  • Keef Pilchards
  • 24-04-2011

terrible narrator

very difficult to get into, narration is terrible, sounds like the narrator is in a hurry to finish. wish I'd taken more notice of the other less favourable reviews. does not do justice to the author's work.

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  • P. Waters
  • 06-09-2019

The sound quality is s little poor on this version

The cd version's sound quality is better. Why so? Surely it's not a data issue.

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  • PatriciaWN
  • 30-11-2012

Not Master & Commander

Poor - little substance - Just not the film, Robert Hardy drones so even a poor book is not listenable. Pity the exchange scheme was not available at the time of purchase

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-04-2009

Post Captin; abridged

The peace with France has come and Jack and Stephen have time for a house, hunting and love. Jack can't decide between the 2 cousins but Stephen knows which one has taken his heart. Diana wants a rich husband, Jack, but prefers talking with Stephen. Sophia loves Jack but won't marry without her mothers permission. Her mother will never let her marry a poor man let alone one in debt so when the money is all stolen away Jack and Stephen must get a ship. Now if only the friends can keep from the old trap of falling out over a woman!
This may be abridged but the reading is excellent and the music is sensitively placed. Well worth the listen.

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