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Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Misprints!!

The novels themselves are wonderful, as described by the other reviewers. I knew I wanted to own the complete set after listening to the first two books on audio. However, I am quite a bit disappointed with this 'Complete...' set. I've read through 80% of HMS Supri...
The novels themselves are wonderful, as described by the other reviewers. I knew I wanted to own the complete set after listening to the first two books on audio. However, I am quite a bit disappointed with this 'Complete...' set. I've read through 80% of HMS Suprise (the third book) and have found more than a handfull of misprints (extaneous or missing quotation marks, 'w' instead of 'v', are some examples). I expect much better for something I'm spending $100 on.

posted by Anonymous on June 27, 2005

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing Edition

I was looking forward to having a complete boxed set of the Aubrey/Maturin novels in hardback. In the event I was very much disappointed by the quality of the hard covers. They are hardly more substantial than paperback editions. A ship spoiled for a ha'p'orth of tar...
I was looking forward to having a complete boxed set of the Aubrey/Maturin novels in hardback. In the event I was very much disappointed by the quality of the hard covers. They are hardly more substantial than paperback editions. A ship spoiled for a ha'p'orth of tar, as Jack would almost certainly have commented to Dr. Maturin!!! Cries of 'Shame' and 'Bring back the Cat'.

posted by Anonymous on March 25, 2005

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2005

    Amazing work by a Literary Genius

    Like Holmes and Watson, Aubrey and Maturin join the highest peaks in the pantheon of great literary pairings and their creator is a rare gem of genius. I'm currently making my way through graduate school for literature and history, genius is a word that I would use lightly but O'Brian certainly fits the definition. Every night I read a chapter (just to make it last that much longer) for my dose of adventure and laughter. The jargon can get a bit confusing but I find the companion books are an excellent resource to turn to when things get a bit muddled. Though, as someone who comes from a long line of Navy men since time out of mind, I understood more than I thought I would. O'Brian's imagery is beautiful; you can feel the wind on your face, taste the salt on your tongue, and hear Aubrey and Maturin sawing away long past the last dog watch. And that is the way I like to remember Mr. O'Brian's world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2005

    O'Brian is the Master!

    I got into these novels after seeing the movie, and got hooked. Being one that hates to leave a story unfinished, I decided to buy the full set in one swoop. I raced through the first volume in a week. O'Brian skillfully combines heart-pumping naval action with the intertwined lives of two fascinating characters. Aubrey is every man's hero, flawed, but impossible not to love. Maturin is his conscience, and better half, and his role only grows larger as the novels progress. If you like naval action, history, or just darn good story-telling, this set is for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    In a world of the undead, zombies vampires and company, this ser

    In a world of the undead, zombies vampires and company, this series is a breath of fresh sea-air, leaving us lubbers gasping in awe and utter delight. O'Brian inundates the reader with a baptism of language that requires one to sink or swim. Being terrified of water in any quantity beyond a kiddie pool, this reader at least has been given the perfect medium by which to not only conquer this fear but to feel akin to the non-swimming able-bodied seamen aboard the many and many vessels afloat in Lord Nelson's day. But that is simply scratching at the surface of the author's incredible, incredible knowledge of such a vast array of subjects. He taught me how to make counterfeit wine, that cheap jewelry was once called pinchbeck and that shipyards were hotbeds of corruption. There is so much covered with such effortless ease that the reader has no choice but to submit to the onslaught of necessary information to reach the end of each book. In the meantime, keep an older copy of  the Oxford Dictionary and a glass of capital Madiera close at hand. I raise a solemn toast and wish you joy of your upcoming voyage, three times three and thumping the table. And three cheers for O'Brian, long may his pennant fly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009

    A wonderful escape, to equatorial heat or arctic cold, exotic animals and plenty of action. Even some romance. An adventure version of Jane Austin.

    After checking the series out of the library 5 or so times, until I recognized the smears on the pages, I finally used my Christmas money and bought the series. Now I can go exploring with Maturin and sailing with Aubry. For the second reading, I bought an atlas, then later a book of nautical terms, and books about the British Navy. I'll have to get a good book about natural history soon, so I can see Maturin's discoveries.<BR/> It's a wonderful escape, without feeling you've wasted your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2005

    Simply Stunning

    O'Brian Is a master Like Alexander Kent and C.S Forester all i can say is 'Clap Clap' as a reader of alot of naval fiction i rate this Close to the top.

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