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Out of print for many years, this is a brand new edition of the definitive companion to the acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin series of novels, written by the author himself.

What was daily life in Nelson's navy really like, for everyone from the captain down to the rawest recruit? What did they eat? What songs did they sing? What was the schedule of watches? How were the officers and crew paid, and what was the division of prize-money?

These questions and many more are answered in Patrick O'Brian's elegant narrative, which includes wonderful anecdotal material on the battles and commanders that established Britain's naval supremacy.

The meticulously researched text provides an unparalleled insight into life during wartime in the Napoleonic era, and offers a wonderfully evocative companion to the world of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin.

©2019 Patrick O’Brian (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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  • sinbad4england
  • 07-09-21

excellent reference book...

excellent reference book for those of us who enjoy the likes of O'Brian and Forrester , they are much better when you can understand half the jargon. I also find the ins and outs of life aboard very interesting, and it is fascinating to find out where so many of our 'sayings' come from ! The narration is a struggle to get to grips with, he mumbles and rumbles to the detriment of sounding clear and I found I needed to wear headphones and sometimes 'rewind' to re listen to some of the parts.

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  • Guru Bob
  • 07-20-21

Insight into the world of Aubrey and Maturin

Firstly, I was sad not to hear Ric Jerrom’s dulcet tones after enjoying his reading of the Aubrey Maturin series.
However after that, this short book proved to be a valuable companion with interesting insights into the Navy of the late 1700’s and early 1800’s.
For those discovering the Aubrey Maturin series I would recommend you read this early on - after the first few books, as soon as you’re invested. I waited until the end and I now think it would have given me insight that would have been useful throughout the series.


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