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  • The Wine-Dark Sea

  • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 16
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Summary

With a beleaguered Britain already facing war on two fronts – against Napoleon’s armies in Europe but also against the young and vigorous United States – the objective of ship’s surgeon and spy Stephen Maturin is to light the touch paper of Peruvian revolutionary fervour, all while Captain Jack Aubrey engages with their many and varied enemies at sea.

Will revolution in South America tip the balance Britain’s way?

©2000 Patrick O'Brian (P)2000 HarperCollins UK

Critic reviews

"The truth is that we aficionados scarcely feel them to be novels at all. They are a world of their own, a world full of excitement, mystery, charm and good manners of which we have ourselves become participating citizens." (Jan Morris, Observer)

"[O’Brian] goes on that very small shelf reserved for authors who, disregarding aptitudes, spin a story out of the heart and soul of their experience and the joy of living." (Times Literary Supplement)

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What a ridiculously short book

Although I have begun to thoroughly enjoy the Jack Aubrey series, this book lasts no longer than 3 hours compared to the usual 10 hours plus.
A second disappointment was that this new narrator does not have such good and consistent voices for the main characters as the normal excellent narrator and his Irish accent for Stephen Maturin strays into Welsh.
Let’s hope that the next in the series reverts to the previous high quality.