The Fortune of War

Version: Unabridged
Author: Patrick O'Brian
Narrator: Simon Vance
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: December 2004
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 30 minutes
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This naval adventure finds Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin in the Dutch East Indies and there's trouble brewing. Captain Jack Aubrey, RN, arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command of the fastest and best-armed frigate in the Navy. He and his friend, Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a despatch vessel. But, the war of 1812 breaks out while they are en route. Bloody actions precipitate them both into new and unexpected scenes where Stephen's past activities as a secret agent return on him with a vengeance.

Reviews (1)

Historical fiction vs Fact

Written by Jenny S on February 6th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

One of the best O'Brien books, I've read so far, mainly because of the huge variety of experience (Not just one long battle scene). The last part of the novel covers the War of 1812 and the battle between the Brit ship Shannon and the USS Chesapeake. This is historical fiction, but the factual version of this battle is covered in Ian Toll's book, "Six Frigates: the founding of the Us Navy" By accident I had both books at the same time and enjoyed hearing both versions. O'Brien was accurate though.

Author Details

Author Details

O'Brian, Patrick

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 Cherriere's memoir Papillon. O'Brian died in January 2000.