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Jack Aubrey returns from his duties protecting whalers off South America and is persuaded by a casual acquaintance to make investments in the City on the strength of supposedly certain information. This innocent decision ensnares him in the London criminal underground and in government espionage - the province of his friend Stephen Maturin. Is Aubrey's humiliation and the threatened ruin of his career a deliberate plot?

©1986 Patrick O'Brien (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Aubrey in hot water yet again

This read more like a spy novel, without much to do with naval life at all. Though it was still enjoyable, for all the slice of life and legal goings-on from another time. POB’s prose is excellent as usual, and the humour of some parts had me laughing out loud. Slightly out of character for Maturin not to see the penny drop till the last moment! All round a nice window into their psyches as men of their time dealing with unexpected problems. When will Aubrey learn to keep to the sea!

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Brilliant

I enjoyed reading the books many years ago but Ric Jerrom’s narration brings another level of enjoyment to Patrick O’Brian’s prose. Highly recommend.

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  • Eric and Stacy
  • 09-07-2019

Ric is the man

The series is a masterpiece. The best I’ve heard or read. Ric is the ultimate in verbal performance, never have I enjoyed a story telling as I have by him. I’ve listened multiple times and always get great joy and happiness from the telling. So cool. Thank you both. Regards.

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  • Mark
  • 24-05-2013

Keep them coming

Another great adaptation of the Aubrey/maturin books. Great credit to Ric Jerrom for bringing the characters to life.being on the next one quick please!

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  • mrmalaya
  • 01-03-2017

A turning point

I read this in a few days- captivating! So many characters for Jerome to handle and he does so admirably!

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  • L. Harrop
  • 23-05-2019

A great story

Each of these books get better, plots get deeper and Jacks life gets ever more complicated.

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  • Debs J
  • 06-04-2019

Just brilliant

Continuing the story, these books are fantastic. Of the time, friendship, duty and of course the storytelling is magnificent.

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  • MR DONALD RIFFLART
  • 21-12-2018

Spoiler - Got him!

I'll leave it to you to find out who, how and where. Another wonderful read from the pen of Mr Obtain.

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  • Tom Holloway
  • 20-09-2018

Brilliant from start to finish.

Having read the entire Aubrey/Maturin series many years ago I was concerned that I might find the repetition tedious. Not a bit of it, to be sure. Ric Jerrom's skilful performance brings the story to life and I shall continue to listen to the others, quite certain of hours of enjoyment.

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  • Adrian Wildfire
  • 09-05-2015

One of the best Jack and Maturin interactions.

This story builds an atmosphere with graceful pathos and promises a denoument some way down the road like treasure map discovered in an inherited escritoire. Joyful.

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  • S D BALL
  • 18-01-2015

The best nautical, historical novels ever written

If you could sum up The Reverse of the Medal in three words, what would they be?

Gripping, accurate, superb

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Reverse of the Medal?

The scene where Jack Aubrey is placed in the stocks (framed for rigging the stock market) and is surrounded and protected by his fellow sailors. 'Hats, off!'

Which character – as performed by Ric Jerrom – was your favourite?

Probably Stephen Maturin, a very complex character and portrayed well.

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

Yes, definitively, never a dull moment.

Any additional comments?

The 21 Aubrey-Maturin novels are essentially one continuous story. I would suggest starting with the first: Master & Commander and working through them in order. You won't be disappointed..

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  • Argent
  • 16-12-2020

Don't do the accents!

I love the Aubrey Maturin books with a passion and downloaded this for a journey. Mistake. A laboured performance and dreadful accents entirely ruined the novel. I've learned my lesson.

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  • Guru Bob
  • 06-10-2020

A surprisingly good book

Aubrey and Maturin usually excel at sea and annoy me on land. Previous books in the series have frustrated me with laboured sections on land tackling affairs of the heart. I nearly skipped this particular book after learning that there the story mostly takes place on land, but I am glad I did not.
Having worked all the way through the series to hear, the plot is a culmination of various plot threads, neatly entwined, and the story keeps up the pace building to an excellent climax. It has left me seeking out the next instalment as soon as I can download it!
Thoroughly enjoyable.

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