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Title:
Master and commander
Author:
O'Brian, Patrick, 1914-2000.
Publication Information:
[New York] : Random House Audiobooks, [1998]

â„—1998
Physical Description:
4 audio discs (approximately 4 1/2 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
First in the series. Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin form a friendship in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. Life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy is described.
General Note:
Abridged.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780739315651

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The 1st installment in O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series "The best historical novels ever written..." -The New York Times Book Review This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.


Summary

With the drama of the Napoleonic wars in the distance, this introductory Jack Aubrey novel illustrates life on every deck of a wartime battleship. The friendship between Captain Aubrey and Stephen Maturin is forged amidst the mayhem of life at sea coupled with life at war.


Author Notes

Patrick O'Brian is the author of twenty volumes in the highly respected Aubrey/Maturin series of novels.

(Publisher Provided) Patrick O'Brien was born in Ireland in 1914. His education included the Sorbonne.

O'Brian has produced a variety of works, including biographies of Picasso and Sir Joseph Banks and translations of the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir, but he is best known for the creation of an unlikely pair of Napoleonic War-era heroes in the Aubrey-Maturin Series. British naval officer Jack Aubrey and Irish scholar and physician Stephen Maturin have been featured in more than a novels published in Great Britain (five of which have also appeared in America).

He died on January 2, 2000. (Bowker Author Biography)


Excerpts

Excerpts

Here is the maiden voyage of O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin series, which follows the unique friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. O'Brian renders in riveting detail the life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.Patrick O'Brian can put a spark of character into the sawdust of time. --Observer Excerpted from Master and Commander: Book by Patrick O'Brian All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.