swilhite, July 2, 2011 (view all comments by swilhite)
In the pantheon of great 20th-century literary achievements, O'Brian sits at the summit. His Aubrey/Maturin series is a feast, matched in scope and style perhaps only by Dunnett. Save the books; you'll want them again and again.
bigmarlin, November 10, 2009 (view all comments by bigmarlin)
Patrick O'brian's Aubrey/Maturin series are riveting fiction about the British navy, at the end of the 1700's and into the early 1800's. Many of the adventures are based on true accounts from British navy logs and correspondence, into which "Lucky Jack" Aubrey and his crews are placed.
Watch the movie with Russell Crowe, then read the books. You will see excerpts from many of the books thorughout the movie.
Be sure to get the companion books, which provide details of the various adventures, along with maps and place names. It will enhance your reading experience.
Once you start the first book, you'll want to read them all!
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