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Napoleon has been defeated at Waterloo, and the ensuing peace brings with it both the desertion of nearly half of Captain Aubrey's crew and the sudden dimming of Aubrey's career prospects in a peacetime navy. When the Surprise is nearly sunk on her way to South America - where Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are to help Chile assert her independence from Spain - the delay occasioned by repairs reaps a harvest of strange consequences.

The South American expedition is a desperate affair; and in the end Jack's bold initiative to strike at the vastly superior Spanish fleet precipitates a spectacular naval action that will determine both Chile's fate and his own.

©1999 Patrick O'Brian (P)2014 Audible Studios

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Great book as usual - great narration.

I actually had a slight wobble of the lip in the last ten minutes. At what is now almost the end of the series I see the regular crew, Jack and Stephen as more than just characters in books - I almost feel I know them.
Men of honour and role models as well as adventurers and philosophers- the young people of today could do worse than study these books and the subliminal messages they contain ...

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wonderful series.

Sad to be finished listening to these wonderful books. I have read them all twice before but, the brilliant narration of Ric Jerrom made them a joy to hear. I wish someone would pick up from the much missed Patrick O'Brien, God rest him, and write another twenty books.

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Loved it.

There's something special about all the books in this series.
Thankyou Rick.
And most of all thankyou you Patrick.
May your God smile upon you.

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very dissappointing

I couldn't finish it. It lacked action. I kept hoping something would happen instead of hearing the characters waffle.

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Aubrey Maturin books

The whole Aubrey and Maturin series is a tour de force. It's basically one enormous completely engaging story. I'll never tire of revisiting this wonderful naval world. This audio version is brilliantly brought to life by Ric Jerrom. Highly recommended.

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The most excellent series

I am reviewing the series rather than this last book. I can think of few literary experiences that have given me more pleasure than the Aubrey Maturin series. The depth of characterisation is incredible and three dimensional. The main characters are all lovely and the villains devious and dastardly. The historical details are riveting and the naval battles exhilarating. Lastly Ric Jerrom is one of the very best readers. He can do many realistic accents and voices including women and manages to keep them separate and consistent. I’m very sorry there are no more books!

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A fitting end ... Ish

I very much enjoyed this book but the pleasure is tinged with a little sadness knowing that it is the last full Aubrey Maturin novel. well read as always and very much makes you think that even after all this time, perhaps especially, a movie sequel with the same cast could be excellent.

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Well it's all over.

Finishing a great book series always makes me sad, this was one of the best. Fantastic, we need more movies!

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Entertaining for historical points and it’s characters

Of course Jack and Dr Maturin are the best, but l do have a good chuckle at the Killick interventions!

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Excellent as always

These stories are possibly the best 19th century annals of the sea. I heartily recommend the entire series.

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Great story, terrible narration. Flat performance.

The narrator's diction is fine. however his cadence, timbre, and lack of intonation made it hard to differentiate between the characters.