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The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey

eAudiobook
Patrick O’Brian / Robert Hardy
At the time of his death Patrick O'Brian had begun to write a novel to follow on from Blue at the Mizzen. These are the chapters he had completed of the final voyage that have been recorded for the audiobook of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin - the greatest friendship of modern literatureThe story picks up from the end of Blue at the Mizzen when Jack Aubrey receives the news in Chile of his elevation to flag rank: Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron with orders to sail to the South Africa station. This new novel unfinished and untitled at the time of O’Brian’s death would have been a chronicle of that mission and much else besides.As the novel opens we are able to visit these friends we have followed so very far in a rare state of almost perfect felicity. Jack has seen his illegitimate son ably discharging important duties. Sophie and his daughters are with him; Brigid is with her father she's thriving and Stephen is with a woman who is very dear to him. Jack at last is flying a rear-admiral's flag aboard a ship of the line.The chapters left on O’Brian’s death are presented here both in printed version - including his corrections to the typescript - and a facsimilie of his manuscript which goes several pages beyond the end of the typescript and includes marginal notes by O’Brian.And so this great ‘roman fleuve’ comes to an end with Jack with his ‘sacred blue flag’ sailing through fair sweet days - Stephen with his dissections and new love Killick muttering darkly over the toasted cheese… Of course we would rather have had the whole story; instead we have this proof that O’Brian’s powers of observation his humour and his understanding of his characters were undiminished to the end.‘There is nothing in this century that rivals Patrick O’Brian’s achievement in his chosen genre. His novels embrace with loving clarity the full richness of the 18th-century world. They embody the cruelty of battle the comedy of men’s lives the uncertain fears that plague their hearts; and yet not far away is the vision of an ideal existence.’ Amanda Foreman New York Times


  • Published by HarperCollins UK
  • Fiction/Non-FictionFiction
  • Target Audience Adult
  • Released 5th April 2010
  • Duration 01 Hrs. 42 Mins.