With his swashbuckling adventures, best-selling novelist Patrick O'Brian transports you to the high seas of old where privateers lurk in the mist, and great ships fight to control the waterways. Blue at the Mizzen hoists the excitement to new heights as British frigate commander Jack Aubrey stakes everything on a desperate raid against the mighty Spanish fleet. Ever since Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo, Captain Aubrey's prospects in the new peacetime navy have looked dim. Even worse, his frigate Surprise was badly damaged in a nighttime collision. While Aubrey waits for repairs, ship's doctor Stephen Maturin brings him intriguing information about the New World. Soon Aubrey is leading a bold expedition that will determine the fate of a rising South American nation - and his own. Critically-acclaimed author Patrick O'Brian blends authentic period atmosphere, rich humor, and elegant language in each of his seafaring yarns. You can almost hear the thunder of the waves and smell the salty sea air as you listen to Patrick Tull's dramatic performance.
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by Patrick O'Brian
"If you like a good performer, and don't mind a ham, you'll appreciate Patrick Tull, who puts himself into this story with dozens of different voices, accents, velocities, and ways of speaking British English. Sometimes Tull's characters are so drunk or mumbling as to not be easily understood, but no matter. To understand all details is not critical, for we also may not know a binnacle from a barnacle. The large cult of readers of the Aubrey/Maturin series of sea stories by Patrick O'Brian are intellectual hounds looking for vicarious adventure. This actor's abundant theatrics bring excitement, authenticity, tempo, and intoxication to the fantasies the persuasion seeks. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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