Patrick O'Brian





Patrick O'Brian

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born
in Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire, The United Kingdom
December 12, 1914

died
January 02, 2000

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Patrick O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin series of historical novels has been described as "a masterpiece" (David Mamet, New York Times), "addictively readable" (Patrick T. Reardon, Chicago Tribune), and "the best historical novels ever written" (Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review), which "should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century" (George Will).

Set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, O'Brian's twenty-volume series centers on the enduring friendship between naval officer Jack Aubrey and physician (and spy) Stephen Maturin. The Far Side of the World, the tenth book in the series, was adapted into a 2003 film directed by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany. The film was nom...more


Average rating: 4.28 · 139,057 ratings · 5,896 reviews · 85 distinct works · Similar authors
Master and Commander (Aubre...
4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 22,519 ratings — published 1969 — 94 editions
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H.M.S. Surprise (Aubrey/Mat...
4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 8,355 ratings — published 1973 — 55 editions
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Post Captain (Aubrey/Maturi...
4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 9,275 ratings — published 1972 — 4 editions
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The Mauritius Command (Aubr...
4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 7,272 ratings — published 1977 — 54 editions
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Desolation Island (Aubrey/M...
4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 6,654 ratings — published 1977 — 50 editions
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The Fortune of War (Aubrey/...
4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 6,195 ratings — published 1978 — 44 editions
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The Surgeon's Mate (Aubrey/...
4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 5,866 ratings — published 1980 — 41 editions
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The Far Side of the World (...
4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 5,781 ratings — published 1984 — 48 editions
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Treason's Harbour (Aubrey/M...
4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 5,542 ratings — published 1980 — 41 editions
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The Letter of Marque (Aubre...
4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 5,091 ratings — published 1988 — 37 editions
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“But you know as well as I, patriotism is a word; and one that generally comes to mean either my country, right or wrong, which is infamous, or my country is always right, which is imbecile.”
Patrick O'Brian, Master and Commander

“Wit is the unexpected copulation of ideas.”
Patrick O'Brian, The Hundred Days

“I sew his ears on from time to time, sure.”
Patrick O'Brian, Post Captain

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HISTORICAL FICTION POLL "B"
There will be a series of polls to begin putting together a potential reading list for the "historical fiction folder". I have divided the books into groups of 15 books apiece. Make sure to choose your favorite from each poll and make sure to vote in each of these polls so that we can generate a list according to priorities and interests. You will only receive one notification per poll. There will be simultaneous polls so please make sure to vote in each one.

Master and Commander (Aubrey/Maturin Book 1) by Patrick O'BrianPatrick O'Brian Patrick O'Brian

MASTER AND COMMANDER BY PATRICK O'BRIAN
 
  14 votes, 29.8%

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria RemarqueErich Maria Remarque Erich Maria Remarque

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT BY ERICH MARIA REMARQUE
 
  6 votes, 12.8%

Life on the Mississippi by Mark TwainMark Twain Mark Twain

LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI BY MARK TWAIN
 
  5 votes, 10.6%

The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great, #2) by Mary RenaultMary Renault

THE PERSIAN BOY BY MARY RENAULT
 
  5 votes, 10.6%

The Virtues of War  A Novel of Alexander the Great by Steven PressfieldSteven Pressfield Steven Pressfield

THE VIRTUES OF WAR: A NOVEL OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT BY STEVEN PRESSFIELD
 
  4 votes, 8.5%

Arundel by Kenneth RobertsKenneth Roberts

ARUNDEL BY KENNETH ROBERTS
 
  3 votes, 6.4%

The Eagle and the Raven by Pauline GedgePauline Gedge Pauline Gedge

THE EAGLE AND THE RAVEN BY PAULINE GEDGE
 
  2 votes, 4.3%

Gates of Fire  An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Steven PressfieldSteven Pressfield Steven Pressfield

GATES OF FIRE: AN EPIC NOVEL OF THE BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE BY STEVEN PRESSFIELD
 
  2 votes, 4.3%

The Afghan Campaign  A Novel by Steven PressfieldSteven Pressfield Steven Pressfield

THE AFGHAN CAMPAIGN: A NOVEL BY STEVEN PRESSFIELD
 
  2 votes, 4.3%

The Black Arrow by Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson

THE BLACK ARROW BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
 
  2 votes, 4.3%

The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary SutcliffRosemary Sutcliff


THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH BY ROSEMARY SUTCLIFF
 
  1 vote, 2.1%

Eagle in the Snow by Wallace BreemWallace Breem

EAGLE IN THE SNOW BY WALLACE BREEM
 
  1 vote, 2.1%

The Last of the Wine by Mary RenaultMary Renault

THE LAST OF THE WINE BY MARY RENAULT
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Killing Rommel  A Novel by Steven PressfieldSteven Pressfield Steven Pressfield

KILLING ROMMEL: A NOVEL BY STEVEN PRESSFIELD
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Fire from Heaven (Alexander the Great, #1) by Mary RenaultMary Renault

FIRE FROM HEAVEN BY MARY RENAULT
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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