Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels
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Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels

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by Patrick O'Brian
“The best historical novels ever written.”—Richard Snow,
New York Times Book ReviewPatrick O’Brian’s twenty-one-volume Aubrey/Maturin series has delighted generations of devoted fans, inspired a blockbuster film, and sold millions of copies in twenty-four languages. These five omnibus volumes, beautifully produced and boxed, contain


“The best historical novels ever written.”—Richard Snow,
New York Times Book ReviewPatrick O’Brian’s twenty-one-volume Aubrey/Maturin series has delighted generations of devoted fans, inspired a blockbuster film, and sold millions of copies in twenty-four languages. These five omnibus volumes, beautifully produced and boxed, contain 7,000 pages of what has often been described as a single, continuous narrative. They are a perfect tribute for such a literary achievement, and a perfect gift for the O’Brian enthusiast.

Editorial Reviews

Mark Horowitz - Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Like John le Carré, [O’Brian] has erased the boundary separating a debased genre from ‘serious’ fiction. O’Brian is a novelist, pure and simple, one of the best we have.”
Kevin Myers - Irish Press
“No writer alive can move one as O’Brian can. . . . He is the master.”
David Mamet - New York Times
““[O’Brian’s novels] will outlive most of today’s putative literary gems as Sherlock
Holmes has outlived Bulwer-Lytton, as Mark Twain has outlived Charles
Library Journal
Norton packs all of O'Brian's great seafaring novels into one set, creating a continuous narrative, then offers (in print and facsimile) the first three chapters of the book left unfinished upon O'Brian's death. Eager readers can join Aubrey on his final voyage: a mission to South Africa. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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Aubrey-Maturin Series
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8.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 5.40(d)

Meet the Author

Patrick O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin series of historical novels has been described as "a masterpiece" (David Mamet, New York Times), "addictively readable" (Patrick T. Reardon, Chicago Tribune), and "the best historical novels ever written" (Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review), which "should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century" (George Will).Set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, O'Brian's twenty-volume series centers on the enduring friendship between naval officer Jack Aubrey and physician (and spy) Stephen Maturin. The Far Side of the World, the tenth book in the series, was adapted into a 2003 film directed by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany. The film was nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture. The books are now available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book format.In addition to the Aubrey/Maturin novels, Patrick O'Brian wrote several books including the novels Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, and The Unknown Shore, as well as biographies of Joseph Banks and Picasso. He translated many works from French into English, among them the novels and memoirs of Simone de Beauvoir, the first volume of Jean Lacouture's biography of Charles de Gaulle, and famed fugitive Henri Cherrière's memoir Papillon. O'Brian died in January 2000.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
December 12, 1914
Date of Death:
January 2, 2000
Place of Birth:
Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire
Place of Death:
Dublin, Ireland
Shebbear College, Devon

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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.
It's a wonderful escape, without feeling you've wasted your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a retired Marine, retired teacher of English/social studies, and pursuer of great adventures through reading. But, Ahoy! Let's talk about Jack Aubrey: He's the Jack Armstrong of the British Navy, flawed though he is, and brave as a fool! Mr. O'Brian has lovingly crafted these best of all maritime tales of life in the Royal Navy in a most, I think realistic manner. The jargon sometimes nailed me, but, without the jargon (once --and if -- you get it into context, all is copesaetic!) the stories would seem less plausible for the times in which they happen. (Wish each book contained a glossary of archiac nautical terms and jargon, though.) Still, for those who want to go to sea -- as a seaman or a Marine -- Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin make the finest of shipmates. Semper fi, Jack of the hoarse Marines