The Commodore: Aubrey / Maturin Series, Book 17
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O'Brian, P. (2006). The Commodore: Aubrey / Maturin Series, Book 17. Unabridged Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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O'Brian, Patrick. 2006. The Commodore: Aubrey / Maturin Series, Book 17. Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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O'Brian, Patrick, The Commodore: Aubrey / Maturin Series, Book 17. Blackstone Audio, Inc, 2006.

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O'Brian, Patrick. The Commodore: Aubrey / Maturin Series, Book 17. Unabridged Blackstone Audio, Inc, 2006.

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This is the seventeenth novel in the bestselling Aubrey-Maturin series of naval tales, which the New York Times Book Review has described as "the best historical novels ever written."

Having survived a long, desperate adventure in the Great South Sea, Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin return to England to very different circumstances. For Jack it is a happy homecoming, at least initially, but for Stephen it's disastrous. His little daughter appears to be autistic, incapable of speech or contact, while his wife, Diana, unable to bear this situation, has disappeared. The child has been left in the care of the widowed Clarissa Oakes.

Much of the story takes place on land, but the roar of the great guns is never far. Soon Aubrey and Maturin are sent on a bizarre decoy mission to the fever-ridden lagoons of the Gulf of Guinea to suppress the slave trade. But their ultimate destination is Ireland, where the French are mounting an invasion that will test Aubrey's seamanship and Maturin's resourcefulness as a secret intelligence agent. The climax of the story is one of those grand, thrilling fleet actions on which the British Navy's supremacy was founded.

The subtle interweaving of the disparate themes in this wonderfully wrought novel is an achievement of pure storytelling by one of our greatest novelists.

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      • content: “O'Brian's tales offer many pleasures: complex, intriguing plots; strong relationships, particularly the friendship of Aubrey and Maturin; colorful supporting characters; rich historical detail; brisk description of ships and their rigging; and weather and its effects.”
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        April 17, 1995
        Having spent 16 previous volumes so wonderfully delineating his pair of 18th-century heroes, Captain Jack Aubrey and physician/secret agent Stephen Maturin, and the world in which they live, O'Brian apparently feels that series fans will be delighted to share any aspect of their lives. He's probably right. In this 17th seagoing adventure (after The Wine-Dark Sea), O'Brian successfully manages the trick of devoting much of the book to matters more domestic than naval. Stephen's words to Jack's wife, Sophie, hardly smell of gunpowder and brine: "`...that was a sumptuous feast you gave us.... I returned to the venison pasty not once but three times.'" Jack is greeted with an unexpected promotion to full Commodore when he arrives back in England. Meanwhile, Stephen finds that his wife, Diane, has run away because of her guilt over the apparent autism of their young daughter, whom Stephen meets for the first time, and with whom he is painfully unable to communicate. When next they head out to sea, both men depart under clouds: a jealousy-induced disagreement with Sophie weighs on Jack's mind, while plotting by Stephen's enemies has put his fortune and friends in jeopardy. Re-engaging in the Napoleonic Wars, the new Commodore takes his motley and often fractious squadron on a foray to disrupt slave traders in the Gulf of Guinea and then to the seas off Ireland to engage the French. As always, O'Brian tells his tale with great historical and nautical accuracy. Those who have sailed these seas before will happily go along on this latest voyage.

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      • content: In this installment of the popular series of nautical adventures, Jack Aubrey becomes commodore and tracks down slave traders. The novel is laced with fascinating sea lore and wisdom. This program has the talented British reader it needs. Roberts is a master at capturing the dialects of the sailors, who come from different social classes and corners of the British empire. He skillfully switches characters and conveys the nuances of the dialogue. P.B.J. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Having survived a long, desperate adventure in the Great South Sea, Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin return to England to very different circumstances. For Jack it is a happy homecoming, at least initially, but for Stephen it's disastrous. His little daughter appears to be autistic, incapable of speech or contact, while his wife, Diana, unable to bear this situation, has disappeared. The child has been left in the care of the widowed Clarissa Oakes.

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