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Preview — The Surgeon's Mate (Aubrey/Maturin Book 7) [UNABRIDGED] by Patrick O'Brian
The Surgeon's Mate (Aubrey/Maturin Book 7) [UNABRIDGED] (Aubrey & Maturin #7)
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Ugh. "Saga." The word sounds bloated, melodramatically windswept, ponderous. I don't find Patrick O'Brian's long seafaring, war epic to be any of those things. It suits me. Perhaps it will suit you. Do you like historical fiction set circa the early 1800s? Do you like good, sometimes elegant writing? How about bursts of action aboard cannon-blasting ships? Contemplation of the human spirit? Observations on nature? Can you endure drawn-out scenes of everyday life that may seem ...more
Structurally, it is remarkable in a number of ways. It feels like three novellas tightly wired together. It begins with Aubrey and Maturin sailing triumphantly into Halifax with the news that the Shannon had defeated the Chesapeake. This ship-t ...more
The characters of Jack and Stephen continue to amaze and delight me in so many ways. I enjoy their dynamic together and how they deal with the situations they find themselves in.
The best part about these stories are the sea adventures and this one did not disappoint in that category.
However, as much as I commend the author on his wonderful storytelling, I ...more
Benedict Cumberbatch reads the seventh historical novel in Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series.
In the early summer of 1812, Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr Stephen Maturin arrive in Canada on HMS Shannon after escaping their American captors.
Produced and abridged by Lisa Osborne.
Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series of historical novels, which take place during the Napoleonic Wars, contain a vast number of unfamiliar terms, especially nautical and geographical ones. A careful reader can get the gist of what's being said, but a lot will remain vague. For instance, you can figure out hull-up versus hull- ...more
This particular novel I found extra enjoyable, as the enemy this time in parts of the book is my native country - Denmark. The british having bombed my capita ...more
This is the first of the 'Aubrey/Maturin' series that I've read, the series of books on which the film 'Master and Commander' was set. I enjoyed it a great deal; it does a good job of recreating life in the first two decades of the 1800s, and it recreates sea life in the 'under sail' navy. One learns a great deal about navigation and ships by reading ...more
in the end i had to give it only two stars because it's about 150 pages too long and Lt. Pullings ...more
After a thrilling chase across the North Atlantic at breakneck speed for the time, Jack is back home to find th ...more
Because there are so few in the series, my reading method is thus: read a book, wait some considerable time, read it again, before I move on to the next one. They are so packed with content and insight that there is much treasure to be rediscovered on re-reading. This was my second reading o ...more
Time and again he's had to be rescued by his friend, the ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin. That will be the case again in The Surgeon's Mate, seventh in Patrick O'Brian's excellent historical naval fiction series of t ...more
Naturally, this episode also features exciting sea battles, frustrating bureaucracy, alarming storms, untrustw ...more
That Patrick O'Brian chose to place his characters on the sea in the not so distant past just raised the hurdle I had to leap to get to know this wonderful author.
I had never been enamored with sea stories, didn't much care for European history, and yet was wonderfully taken with this series. The sea is a major character, but history is not greatly illuminated, almost a backdrop to the specific circumstance the characters find themselves in. Which perhaps reflects t ...more
In The Surgeon's Mate, Patrick O'Brian finally brings the long journey of the previous few books to a conclusion. Aubrey, Maturin, and Diana escape North America, pursued by Johnson's hired fleet. The homecoming back to England is bittersweet: Jack's children don't recognize him, and he still has the problem of Kimber and his growing entourage to resolve. A moral lapse in Halifax has also brought new problems into Jack's life.
But the tragic hero of the grand narrative at this point is Stephen. H...more
There's a subplot with Jack that I found simultaneously amusing and annoying--and it winds up getting resolved in a way that really leaves nothing for Aubrey to do but privately angst about it for a little while and not ...more
According to the cover, the New York Times Book Review calls this series, "The best historical novels ever written." I'm not normally one f ...more
Another good'un, but possibly not quite up to snuff with the preceding books in this mini-trilogy. Not quite sure why I felt that way, just passages that didn't quite do it for me. Or maybe it was the intrusion of such modern trappings as telegraphy.
After Jack delivers a long-winded explanation of how an accurate timepiece can reveal a ships longitude at sea, Stephen replies ...more
Rip-roaring adventure, chock full of, blood and thunder, nail-biting escapades and desperate intrigue -- leavened with some laugh-out -loud wit and of course meticulously researched down to the last nail-head in the planking. Worth it for the opening g action alone, with one of the finest chase sequences you're likely to read on sea or on land.
Sheer joy from beginning to end.
Set in the ...more