But Aubrey has to cope with a succession of disasters - men overboard, castaways, encounters with savages, storms, typhoons, groundings, shipwrecks, to say nothing of murder and criminal insanity.
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By Gillian on 06-05-13
Great but shame about the editing
Having been a Patrick O'Brian fan since the 1990s I am delighted that the novels are now being produced as unabridged audio books with the talented Ric Jerrom managing to capture every character with a different and convincing voice, often within the same sentence. Robert Hardy made some great audio recordings about 10 years ago but, being abridged, they did not do justice to this a amazing canon of work. For anyone new to the Aubrey-Maturin novels, you have a treat in store, this is Hornblower meets John Le Carre with Origin of Species, as these unlikely friends travel the world in the service of the Royal Navy of the Napoloeonic era. Maturin is a surgeon, spy and naturalist and shares with Captain Aubrey and the reader the complex political issues of the time and the discoveries of science. However he knows nothing of the sea, giving Aubrey a reason to explain to him and us the workings of the ship and the tactics of naval warfare. This book, The Far Side of the World perhaps contains more action than any other, with the pair going round the Horn into the Pacific and surviving, amongst many other adventures, being lost overboard and, after their miraculous rescue, being plucked from a desert island occupied by mutineers.
The publishers are releasing each new recording on the 1st of the month which is great for us enthusiasts. However, this time they have slipped up on the editing. Ric Jerrom is clearly a perfectionist, if he is not satisfied with the intonation or emphasis of a sentence he reads it again. Several of these have not been edited out and if they would please attend to this in future releases, a perfect outcome will have been achieved.
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