Master and Commander

  • by Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by Robert Hardy
  • 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first book in the Aubrey/Maturin series.Master and Commander is the first of Patrick O'Brian's now famous Aubrey/Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written.It establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship's surgeon and an intelligence agent. It contains all the action and excitement which could possibly be hoped for in a historical novel, but it also displays the qualities which have put O'Brian far ahead of any of his competitors: his depiction of the detail of life aboard a Nelsonic man-of-war, of weapons, food, conversation, and ambience, of the landscape, and of the sea. O'Brian's portrayal of each of these is faultless and the sense of period throughout is acute. His power of characterisation is above all masterly.This brilliant historical novel marked the debut of a writer who grew into one of our greatest novelists ever.

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Disappointing abridgement

This is a very good book and nicely read but the way is has been abridged is pretty awful. Great chunks of story are missed and at times (especially towards the end) the story chops about so much it becomes tricky to follow.

Since the unabridged version is available on the American version of this site, it seems a pity that we have to make do with this.
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- Mr

Awful abridgement

Don't buy this shoddily and unnecessarily curtailed recording. The joy of the novels is in the occasional details and the depiction of shipboard life/death. All of this has been filleted.
Please can somebody record the whole series unabridged - it is an excellent (if not the pre-eminent) historical series of novels.
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- Simon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2005
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited