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 !