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Shipwrecked on a remote island in the Dutch East Indies, Captain Aubrey, surgeon and secret intelligence agent Stephen Maturin, and the crew of the Diane fashion a schooner from the wreck.

A vicious attack by Malay pirates is repulsed, but the makeshift vessel burns, and they are truly marooned. Their escape from this predicament is one that only the whimsy and ingenuity of Patrick O Brian or Stephen Maturin could devise. In command now of a new ship, the Nutmeg, Aubrey pursues his interrupted mission.

The dreadful penal colony in New South Wales, harrowingly described, is the backdrop to a diplomatic crisis provoked by Maturin s Irish temper, and to a near-fatal encounter with the wildlife of the Australian outback.

©1989 The Estate of the late Patrick O'Brian CBE (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Hard to listen to as a white Australian

Another fantastic instalment. I am constantly amazed at how POB manages to make these wild adventures, and back breaking labour, seem completely plausible but also exciting and inspiring.

It was hard to listen to many parts of this story as a white Australian, however. Our horrendous colonial history - and the systems that still remain today - is enough to depress anyone with a shred of conscience. Also, the mention of Woollarawarre Bennelong (the first indigenous Australian man to travel to Europe and return) as a mere boomerang thrower for tots of rum seemed disingenuous. I wonder if POB used his name on purpose in reference to the historical figure, though I hope not.

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I enjoy this series immensely

The main characters and the naval details continue to appeal greatly to me. The narration remains excellent and Jerrom's command of accents works very well for me.

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As good and the book

Would you consider the audio edition of The Nutmeg of Consolation to be better than the print version?

In some ways yeas, I read these books 20 years agao and its like rediscovering them again

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack AUBRY, real character

What about Ric Jerrom’s performance did you like?

excellent, made me wish I dscovered Audible Books years ago.

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

Yes, I just drove from Melbourne to Brisbane and it went in a flash listening to these novels

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Will listen to the rest of the series

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Brilliant O'Brian at his best.

a whimsical tour de force through the south pacific with all the elements that make this author so beloved

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  • Jarmo
  • 19-08-2019

Aubrey Maturin at its finest

From indies to Australia in this volume. The flow of the series is at its best in the repeating year of 1813. All the characters and places seem so very real.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-03-2016

Wonderful

This is one of the best books in the series , though they are all great.
The insight of early Australia is particularly good.
Best narrator I have heard.

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  • MR DONALD RIFFLART
  • 06-04-2019

another cracking read

and the saga continues.
From a desert island to the penal colony in Australia O'Brian's story is a must for all seafarers.

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  • Retro Brit
  • 15-02-2019

The saga continues.

A splendid continuation. Loved it to bits. Lots of twists and turns with great consequences setting the reader up for the next story.

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  • phill
  • 20-02-2017

Enjoyable

I've followed the series up to here and am full of admiration for the world O'Brian has created. I'm afraid I prefer the other narrators I have been used to with a different edition from the library. Jerrom uses lots of inflection and a rise and fall of volume and tone - always where it seems unnecessary. Jack Aubrey is often given a turn of voice far far too effeminate which really niggles and sometimes I'd prefer he stick to a flatter delivery of accents leaving me able to interpret for myself. I very nearly skipped the book out of frustration! I wont say I got used to it but I'm hooked on O'Brian's world now and it keeps me sane on a long drive! Perhaps, in fairness to Jerrom, I'm just used to my usual narrators now - others clearly really enjoyed his delivery.

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  • colin mckenzie
  • 07-06-2021

one of best stories from this incredible author

one of Patrick O'Brian's best novels from an outstanding series. wonderful story and beautifully read

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  • I. M. Forrest
  • 01-01-2021

Committed now to listening to the entire series.

Most addictive! I shall continue through the rest. Beware of the redacted versions though, a poor substitute for the full versions.

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  • Don Tomlinson
  • 18-12-2020

As always a brilliant narration by Ric Jerrom

Ric with his constantly changing accents and pronunciation really does bring the characters to life - you really get to know them as real people and not just characters in Patrick O'Brien's brilliant books.

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  • Stuart Smith
  • 10-04-2020

Good but not his best.

Good book but with constant story repeats. Not up to previous standard but still worth reading.

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  • charles
  • 06-04-2018

A tour de force and watch out for a watermole

A tour de force O Brien can portray very human characters whilst displaying encyclopeadic knowledge of so many subjects

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  • Yoyo
  • 19-05-2017

Love the unpredictability

I love it that in the 14th book of the series Patrick O'Brian still has the ability to shock, intrigue and surprise. Ric Jerrom is a master reader - keeping the consistency of all the many, many different voices.

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  • MR
  • 10-10-2015

Possibly his best book?

I've read this series through 4-5 times and have just got to the end of my second audible play through of the Nutmeg. Although it's quite difficult and mostly subjective to pick a favourite in this remarkable series I think this particular novel is a strong contender. I mean it's got it all, the aftermath of a shipwreck, the acquisition of a new ship, a chase, an action, a rendezvous, a prison break! It's non stop action in this book and yet because it's so far along in the series the subtleties are all there to be had as well. If you are new to the Aubrey Maturin series whatever you do don't try and read / listen to these out of sequence, make sure you start at the start and enjoy!

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