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  • The Mauritius Command

  • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 4
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Summary

Can Captain Jack Aubrey and his crew defy the odds, and outmanoeuvre the French, to take two small but vital islands in the Indian Ocean?

Life ashore on half pay, despite the joys of family life, is unlikely to satisfy a man of action such as Jack Aubrey. The sea calls to him. And so, when his friend, ship’s surgeon and secret agent Stephen Maturin, arrives with secret orders, Aubrey soon finds himself in command of a frigate and setting sail for the Cape of Good Hope.

But, in Nelson’s navy, there are as many enemies within as without.

©1997 Patrick O’Brian (P)1997 HarperCollins UK

Critic reviews

"Exciting news for Mr O'Brian's growing number of fans that his clever stories of Napoleonic seafaring are available as abridged audiobooks. Better still, they're read by salty dog Robert Hardy." (Evening Standard)

"A few books work their way...onto [bestseller] lists by genuine, lasting excellence – witness The Lord of the Rings, or Patrick O’Brian’s sea stories." (Ursula K. Le Guin)

"I devoured Patrick O’Brian’s twenty-volume masterpiece as if it had been so many tots of Jamaica grog." (Christopher Hitchens)

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The Mauritus Command

Gripping story line. Read by a master storyteller

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Dissapointing

This was an abridged copy recommended to me as Book 4 in the series, I have not read an abridged version before. This was not made clear it was an abridged copy. The storyline was great but semed rushed and incomplete, not surprising in an abridged version.