The Mauritius Command

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Patrick O'Brian

Narrated By: Robert Hardy

Date: June 2005

Duration: 2 hours 56 minutes

Summary:

Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are now widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written.

Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half-pay without a command - until his friend, and occasional intelligence agent, Stephen Maturin, arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope, under a Commodore's pennant. But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captains - Lord Clonfert, a pleasure-seeking dilettante, and Captain Corbett, whose severity can push his crews to the verge of mutiny.

Based on the actual campaign of 1810 in the Indian Ocean, O'Brian's attention to detail of eighteenth-century life ashore and at sea is meticulous. This tale is as beautifully written and as gripping as any in the series; it also stands on its own as a superlative work of fiction.

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  • Mark G.

    Robert Hardy could read the phone book and it would still be wonderful. He has a beautiful voice which draws you into a very private world, as if he is reading to you and you alone. These novels by Patrick O'Brian are also beguiling; telling tales of seafaring derring do when England ruled the sea and enemy ships were prizes for the taking. The main character is 'lucky' Jack Aubrey a man of courage and charisma but also of honest human failings, supported by his friend the Irishman Stephen Maturin; who is part doctor, part naturalist, part spy. All round I found this a very enjoyable but all too short, reading of a great book. Bravo !

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