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The Ionian Mission by Patrick O'Brian
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Oct 24, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, ebook, nautical, eras-napoleonic, aubreyad, audiobook, have-paper-copy-too, audiobook-readers-that-suck, audiobook-readers-that-rock
Read from January 14 to 25, 2013 — I own a copy

A pretty slow-building tale, but the finale is action-packed. Yeah, I had a huge sad when my precious Pullings got knocked down, but Jack was right there to protect his peeps. ;)

I liked the story well enough, but I have a big problem with Simon Vance's narration. He did the non-dialogue stuff in a way that kept my attention - Patrick Tull's slower pace tends to lose me at times in O'Brian's long sentences - but I absolutely LOATHE Vance's voices for Jack and Stephen. Ugh! Jack is the same boorish rhythm and tone over and over, no matter WHAT he's saying; and Stephen sounds like a lisping, peevish maiden auntie, also no matter WHAT he's saying. Bleargh.


Back to Tull for the next book.

4 stars for the story, but 2 (at best) for the narration.

I also want to eat some Drowned Baby out of morbid curiosity. Probably one of the best names for a food ever. Who knew that suet puddings had so many nuances? Drowned Baby is slightly different from Spotted Dog (IT'S ALL IN THE CLOTH WRAPPING!). Eat it up, yum!
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27.0% "Calamy! ❤"
62.0% ""...any God-damned swab - any man that presumed to tamper with any sail, however thin, however worn in the bunt or chafed in the bands, should have his ears nailed to a four-inch plank and be set adrift with half a pound of cheese."


80.0% "Mmmmmm, I'm feeling a bit peckish for some Drowned Baby. :D"

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Susan This story was one of my favorites!

I bought the cookbook a little while back. Can't say that I'd actually eat any of the recipes in it, though :)

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