A maritime adventure featuring Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. Aubrey is ashore on half-pay without a command, until Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope, under a Commodore's pennant. He accepts the order but soon runs into difficulties with two of his crew - a drunkard and a mutinous captain.
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Sounding every bit the proper English gentleman, narrator Tim Pigott-Smith gives a delightfully entertaining, yet appropriately restrained performance in this rollicking addition to the popular Aubrey/Maturin series. Blending historical fact with fiction, author Patrick O'Brian has crafted another captivating saga based on obscure events in maritime history. "The frigates never reached the Antilles. Nothing was heard of them until they hit Mauritius, where they upset the balance of powers in those waters entirely. The news of their presence reached England a very short while ago." In less competent hands, efforts of this nature might well sink under the weight of pedantic prose and mind-numbing minutiae, but O'Brian's impressive writing and the considerable vocal talents of Pigott-Smith help keep this adventure, and the long-lived series itself, riding high in the water. (Running time: 5 hours, 3 cassettes) --George LaneyFrom the Inside Flap:
Read by Tim Pigott-Smith
3 Cassettes, Approx. 5 1/4 hours
The 4th installmentin Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series
Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half pay without a command--until Stephen Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a commodore's pennant, there to mount an expedition against the French-held islands or Mauritius and LaReunion. But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captains--Lord Clonfert, a pleasure-seeking dilletante, and Captain Corbett, whose severity pushes his crew to the verge of mutiny.
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX000222383X