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Master and Commander
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
3 cassettes / 4 1/2 hoursRead by Robert HardyAbridgedAudioBook contains an illustration of the sails of a square-rigged ship ."The best historical novels ever written..."- "The New York Times Book Review" This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.
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CrowCAH
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
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Congrats to Patrick O‘Brian‘s book Master and Commander turning 50!!!

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REPollock
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
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1. Patrick O‘ Brian‘s Aubrey/Maturin series
2. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
3. Nope
4. I don‘t plan the meals, & the beau is a great cook so all of them?
5. He likes biographies of scientists

@howjessreads #friyayintro

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Nebklvr
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
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Mehso-so

Read this while glacier watching. If you are into all things nautical, this is the book for you. If you are don‘t know anything about boats or the English Navy, it is a much harder go.

Melissa_J Love this series! I‘m up to book 16. Have put off reading the final books because I don‘t want the series to be over 😢 3mo
Nebklvr @Melissa_J wow! That‘s commitment. 3mo
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AMVP
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
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Been a pretty busy week, so I haven't been able to post about last weekend's Literacy Association #booksale .

Have been wanting to get into this series, but the titles can vary in price (have seen some as high as $7), so when I had the opportunity to get a dozen of them at $2 a pop, I leapt at it.

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Dandelo
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Is it even Summer if you aren‘t reading a book pertaining to the ocean?

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Sunraven
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
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#colormepretty Day 9: #blue @sweetkokoro

Blue is my favorite color. 💖 And some of these are among my favorite books. Seems appropriate! I Am America (And So Can You) looks rather purpley here, though, doesn‘t it?

#photochallenge

Sweetkokoro DragonSong!!! I love the Harper Hall Trilogy! 4mo
Sunraven @Sweetkokoro: The first two are my favorites ... I think I read Dragondrums like once or twice, much later than the other two, and I couldn‘t get into it as easily. Still have a copy for completeness‘ sake, though. 😁 4mo
Sweetkokoro Dragondrums was my favorite but I was also so in love with the guy on the cover when I was younger hahaha XD 4mo
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Sunraven @Sweetkokoro: Piemur? Or was it the guy specifically on your copy? 😆 I remember liking Piemur a lot, too, but for some reason I ended up being more eh about characters I love when they got their own whole book. Like when Masterharper came out, I think I remember thinking, “I liked Robinton better before I knew all of that.” Not sure why it ends up that way, looking back ... Maybe I need to re-read and see if it holds! 😉 (edited) 4mo
Sweetkokoro Yah Piemur, I always envisioned the guy on the cover was Piemur hahaha XD I don‘t know what it was I just loved him so much. I spent a few months tracking down that specific cover for my collection too just so I could reminisce it haha. 4mo
Sunraven @Sweetkokoro: Well, I can‘t point fingers, I‘ve been known to buy just the volumes of a manga that have my favorite character(s) in them, in Japanese so I can read what they actually said in the original, even though I‘m basically illiterate in Japanese. 😆 4mo
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Dandelo
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What better book for a lake weekend? Admittedly a little unpatriotic, but the film adaptation is my favorite movie of all time~

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Howseldomtheydo
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The Tall Ships are in Buffalo, took this pic from my friends boat! #tbr

TheBookDream Gorgeous! 4mo
Howseldomtheydo @TheBookDream Thanks, there are 12 of them docked downtown. It was quite a sight to see them sail in. 4mo
eri.reads Lovely pic!! 😍 4mo
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Melissa_J Hey @CrowCAH did you see this post? Another tall ship enthusiast 🛳 4mo
daniwithtea We are hoping to go see them tomorrow! My husband was part of the crew on a Viking ship last year, seems there might be a few people from that tour on the crew of the longships. 4mo
Hoopiefoot I saw them in Philly a few years ago—it was so cool! 4mo
Howseldomtheydo @daniwithtea How cool 😎 4mo
CrowCAH @Melissa_J 🥰😍😘❤️☠️🏴‍☠️⚔️⚓️ ah, I know, they‘re making their way through the Great Lakes! I‘ll be stepping aboard their sleek decks in two weeks when they make port in Bay City, Michigan; I cannot wait!!! (edited) 4mo
CarolynM Gorgeous😍 4mo
crazyspine Neat! 4mo
tracey38 That's awesome 4mo
CrowCAH @Howseldomtheydo thank you! 😊 4mo
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gingerandjazz
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#riotgrams Day 1: Shelfie.
My much-loved Aubrey-Maturin adventures, looking like candy on the library shelf 📚

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CrowCAH
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#MayMovieMagic #Vindicated
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2WoJV4NLxqg

I can‘t recall if it‘s this book or the one after, but Jack Aubrey is court marshaled and has to vindicate himself out of a tight spot.

Cinfhen Interesting premise for a series 6mo
rohit-sawant Fascinating! 6mo
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Velvis
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Revisiting. Now with grounding in 18th-19th century nautical terms. Much more enjoyable this time.

mabell Welcome to Litsy! 🎉🎉 6mo
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CrowCAH
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#MarchIntoThe70s #AllTheYoungDudes
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VKvNtAVZyOc

The British Navy is where several young dudes were during the Napoleonic war!

Lizpixie 👍❤️ 8mo
Melissa_J Man I love these book! 8mo
Cinfhen I‘m getting @LeahBergen vibes 😁♥️ 8mo
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LeahBergen @Cinfhen You‘re good! I have the whole 21 volume series. 😆 8mo
Cinfhen Of course, you do❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️ @LeahBergen 😘😘 8mo
iread2much I was curious about this series after the movie was tending on Twitter. My grandma loved it, but I haven‘t read it. 8mo
CrowCAH @LeahBergen wow great collection! I‘m still making my way through the series! 8mo
CrowCAH @iread2much definitely great historical reads about the British Navy in the early 1800s! 8mo
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UglyOldBat
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Pickpick

This is the first book in a huge, well loved series. It follows the adventures of a Naval captain and his friend, a surgeon, during Napoleon times. Good pick for anyone who likes action with some humour thrown in

#historicalfiction #navy #sea

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UglyOldBat
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Reading this while listening to the Ambient Mixer selection 'On a Ship at Sea'

#perfect

What do you like as background noise when reading?

melissajayne My podcasts 9mo
UglyOldBat @melissajayne Ooh which pods do you like? I listen to them falling asleep 9mo
melissajayne @abandonallhope Revolutions, British History Podcast, Reading Glasses, In Our Time, Ologies, History of the Great War, The Land of Desire, The Story Behind, Outlander Cast, amongst others. 9mo
melissajayne @abandonallhope it really depends on my mood is. 9mo
UglyOldBat @melissajayne Nice mix of stuff. I love British History Podcast but hadn't heard of the others, just subscribed to Ologies and Reading Glasses 9mo
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UglyOldBat
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ladyonequestion
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
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Mehso-so

Hmm, not quite sure. I think I found the nautical parts quite difficult to follow, although I am willing to give more of the series a try as I think the characters were interesting.

CrowCAH Keep going, they get better! I know @LeahBergen will agree with me. 1y
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ladyonequestion
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Many a #mtbr 🏔️ to read but I've fallen into a bit of a slump again, so it's weird choices again. Found this on Scribd, meant to read it since reading a Guardian article by a woman who was more of a Jane Austen reader but thought the books were really good.

aquariusnat You are not alone ! Every Summer I seem to fall into a slump . Don't know why . 1y
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Temger09
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
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“But you know as well as I, patriotism is a word; and one that generally comes to mean either my country, right or wrong, which is infamous, or my country is always right, which is imbecile.”

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
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Pickpick

April, 1800. Minorca. Jack Aubrey has just been given command of a sloop, the Sophie, and met his hetero life-mate Dr Maturin. Due to “Goldilocks” Aubrey‘s gleeful (and in some way I can‘t put my finger on, extremely endearing) greed and cleverness he racks up an impressive number of wins against the French and Spanish. Then loses everything. Luckily there are many many more books to go.

Loved these guys and the flair of O‘Brian‘s writing.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Y‘know @shareyourghost I found myself thinking often that this could easily be turned into a wacky buddy comedy that was still a loyal adaptation. The audio narrator was solid but made everyone sound much older than their actual ages. (edited) 1y
LeahBergen Aubrey and Maturin are totally my “book boyfriends”. 😂😂 1y
Itchyfeetreader My husband adores these books. His best Christmas gift last year was a guide to al the places and battles ! 1y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
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And now for something completely different on audio...

I started listening to this while packing my kiddo‘s lunchbox for tomorrow and those were some ultra-charming character introductions right there.

twohectobooks I am only two books into this series but I already love it so much. 2y
LeahBergen It‘s such a great series. I think my next one up is # 8? 2y
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CrowCAH
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
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#BookishTimeTravel

1. The Golden Age of Sail; think late 1700s and early 1800s or the Napoleonic War or Regency era.

2. I would love to visit England; a super power that‘s been around for ages!

3. The tagged book is the first in the Aubrey and Maturin series.

(PS. I love the graphic)

Melissa_J I like all of your answers 👍🏻 2y
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nomadreader
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
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Eerily accurate (and so fun!) Thanks, http://www.16personalities.com (and the Litsy post I clicked on to take me there!)

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PiratesAndPixieDust
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
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Pickpick

My favorite movie of all time. And then, just last year, I found out it was based on a book! And then. Oh AND THEN! I found out it's not *a* book, but a TWENTY-ONE book series!
Reading (and listening to) book one brought me right back into my favorite story, except now there's more details, more backstory, more jokes. There was a lot of jargon, to be sure, but I love Stephen Maturin almost as much as Rhy Maresh, so... I lived with it :P

dreams_in_blue I cannot wait to read this one!! 2y
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AceOnRoam
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
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Today marks my 12 month anniversary of living on our yacht SV Roam! To honour the occasion starting today and on the 4th of each month I will be reading one Master and Commander book until I get through the series.

Land ho! In the background you can see the southern toes of Italy's coastline and I am on night watch. It's also a bit nippy out, looking forward to getting the ⚓ down later today!
#ReadingOnRoam
#LiveOnABoat

Redwritinghood 🎉🎉⛵️⛵️ 2y
LeahBergen How wonderful (and I'm LOVING my own reading of this series - I think I have # 7 coming up soon?) 2y
TrishB Wow 🎉🎉 2y
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AceOnRoam Thanks ladies, it's been amazing so far! @Redwritinghood @LeahBergen @TrishB 2y
Ms_T Amazing! 2y
AceOnRoam Yes @Ms_T we are grateful everyday for this opportunity 🙏 2y
ReadingEnvy What a wonderful way to live! Do you have any place where you blog or post pictures? 2y
BookBabe I second what @ReadingEnvy said! 2y
AceOnRoam Thanks @ReadingEnvy and @BookBabe I sometimes post to Facebook @svroam 2y
readinginthedark ❤️😍😍😍 2y
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Vansa
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
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Contribution 3 to @bookriot #Riotgrams October challenge-books with 3 word titles. A book (and movie) I love, Patrick O'Brian's rollicking adventure of buccaneering on the high seas!

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GinEyre22
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
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Catching up on #fallintobooks : Day 4, Occupation in the title

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LeahBergen
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
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A shelf of "Tan" for @shawnmooney ?

#BookColorTag

TrishB How lovely 💓 2y
Simona Nice tan! 2y
batsy Very nice! Is that one whole series? 2y
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LeahBergen @batsy Thanks! Yes, it is. I've only read the first six so far. 😄 2y
Melissa_J Oh, you know I love this one 😊 I'd love hardcover editions of the series. 2y
LeahBergen @Melissa_J I love that you're a fan, too. 😘 2y
sisilia 😱the whole series!! My bestie recommended these to me since ages ago but I haven't read any 😶 2y
LeahBergen @sisilia They're addictive. 😄 2y
MrBook You're so awesome!!!!!! 😎👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻 2y
AceOnRoam Gorgeous. I'll catch up to you soon maybe. Did you say # 7? 2y
LeahBergen @AceOnRoam Thanks! And yes, # 7 (The Surgeon's Mate) is the next one up for me in the series (I just ran and checked 😆). 2y
AceOnRoam I'll be reading it in April! 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @LeahBergen The first one was so good! @shareyourghost Check out this set! 1y
LeahBergen @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Are you going to continue on with the series? I saw this set (almost complete) at a secondhand bookshop and bought the first two. I read them and immediately went back with several bags of books to trade in so I could buy the rest. 😂 I only had to hunt down 2 or 3 others to complete the set. I‘m so in love with Aubrey and Maturin that I don‘t want to finish the series! 1y
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Melissa_J
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My #favouritecaptain is Jack Aubrey from Patrick O'Brian's awesome Aubrey-Maturin series. If you like seafaring tales set during the Age of Sail, this series might be for you. Of course, as an officer in the Royal Navy, Captain Aubrey would have no patience for pirates. #pirateslife #whatawaytolive

CrowCAH I love😍 the Aubrey/Maturin series; only got through two books, but hope to read all!!! He's a good captain and a good friend! 2y
LeahBergen I adore these (as you already know 😂). 2y
andrew61 Ive read 3 and have a second hand copy of hms Mauritius somewhere, i will have to read it soon- its definitely comfort reading 2y
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Andrew65 I could have guessed your favourite captain from previous posts. 😊 2y
Melissa_J @CrowCAH the books only get better as the series progresses. Keep reading 😊 2y
Melissa_J @LeahBergen no? You do? HA HA. Did you like the movie? I actually watched it before reading the books, not on purpose though as I hadn't heard of the series until the movie, and loved it. I picture all the characters as they appeared in the film. 2y
Melissa_J @Andrew65 👌🏻 2y
CrowCAH @Melissa_J good to hear! 😁 2y
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HardcoverHearts
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
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Here is my progress in the #litsyreadingchallenge2017 . I suspect I will complete the down the middle column before any of the others. I love these reading challenges.

MrBook Wow! You are cruisin'! 3y
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HardcoverHearts
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
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Oh boy- I could not possible go any further outside my normal comfort zone than this book! But I have always been curious about this series, so why not...

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RAR
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian

I have never yet known a man admit that he was either rich or asleep. (Stephen Maturin) 💤💲

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RAR
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I have had such a sickening of men in masses, and of causes, that I wouldn't cross this room to reform Parliament or prevent the Union or to bring about the Millennium. I speak only for myself, mind - it is my own truth alone - but man as part of a movement or a crowd is indifferent to me. He is inhuman .... The only feelings I have - for what they are - are for men as individuals; my loyalties, such as they may be, are to private persons alone.

RAR I'm going through the entire series for probably the fourth time, but this time on audio. Patrick Tull reads them *perfectly.* 3y
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Martyn_J_Pass
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
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This is my AWESOME hardback version of 'Master and Commander' but I've never come across this kind of paper cutting before. Is it intentional, my LITSY friends, or is it a major error in printing?? It makes the book look older than it is, which is great, but is it meant to be like this? I've never seen it before...

the_hibernator I've seen cutting like that before. Always assumed it was purposeful. 3y
Martyn_J_Pass @the_hibernator Yeah, it looks it but I just wasn't sure. It's a great effect lol 3y
Well-ReadNeck Purposeful. It's called a deckle edge. 3y
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Martyn_J_Pass @Well-ReadNeck Thanks! New word learned ha ha ha 3y
Martyn_J_Pass @Well-ReadNeck That blog just made me love this book even more!!! 3y
ReadingOver50 @Well-ReadNeck that was an interesting article. You can count me among the people who do not like a deckled edge. 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Yes! On purpose! Hank Green (of vlogbrothers) mentions it in his epic book rant (which I just rewatched 😂😍) https://youtu.be/eBPAJERpn6Q 3y
Martyn_J_Pass @ReadingOver50 I love it but it does sound like the Hebrew word for a certain part of the male anatomy... 3y
Well-ReadNeck @ReadingOver50 I'm with you!! 3y
Well-ReadNeck @thegirlwiththelibrarybag THAT IS AN AWESOME VIDEO! ?? "if it's more expensive to make a book that's harder to read, maybe don't do that" ? (edited) 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Well-ReadNeck, my favourite part is when he goes "this is the worst thing on my bookshelf" ? about the inconsistent number placement on a series of graphic novels... I don't mind a deckled edge, personally. 3y
Well-ReadNeck @thegirlwiththelibrarybag YES!! That triggers my inner OCD. 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Well-ReadNeck, or when all the books in a series are not the same height but are of the same edition and publisher AND when an author takes forever to finish a series and the books go through several cover redesigns 😱 3y
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LeahBergen
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My #FirstEverLitsyPost. I'm going to allow myself to read a couple more in the series soon. ⚓️⚓️⚓️ #Booktober

BethFishReads Love these books 3y
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utterKATEness
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
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#booktober Day 6: #FullOfAdventure Swashbucklers, sword fights and tall ships are my weakness. ⚓️⛵️⚔ #adventurebooks (major shoutout to Sam for hand making the Jack Sparrow doll!)

LeahBergen Yes!!! 👍🏼👍🏼 3y
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writerlibrarian
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The fun of Patrick O'Brian is maps. Maps you seek out, maps you create in your mind, maps Jack uses. You need a map to enjoy fully the battle of the 300. It's included in Gates of Fire. #septphotochallenge #mapsinbook 3 tumbs up for both. 👍👍👍

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Dragon
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
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#booksnearthesea #somethingforseptember my holiday is over so back to work 🙁 less time for reading and Litsy. This book has been on my tbr list since I saw the movie. One of these days I'll read it. 😀

Martyn_J_Pass My favourite book series of all time! An acquired taste though... 3y
LeahBergen I LOVE this series but you almost need to read the first couple to really get into the flow of it. I hope you enjoy it! 3y
Otherworld_Library I've never read it either but I love the movie!!!! 3y
Dragon Thanks @The_Bear @LeahBergen thanks for the heads up. I'll look for the next two books at the next book sale 3y
Dragon Thanks @Otherworld_Library it sounds like it'll be a good book series. I agree with you about the movie 🎥 3y
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Bookrarian
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
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(Book sale haul 2- eclectic)
I love me some Aubrey/ Maturin. Also Wild West Holmes, Bernard Shaw (hands down my fav playwright; I have multiple copies of all his plays), and a collection of plays by Wasserstein, Norman, Churchill & more. This is a very me pile of books. Jasper also approves.

WanderingBookaneer Jasper looks like our Tricky! 3y
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LeahBergen
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Pickpick

My current favourite #bookishsquad? It has to be Captain Aubrey and Dr Maturin (and the rest of the crew). I just started this series not too long ago but the sharp and witty Austen-like humour (and time period) has me completely hooked. #augustofpages #bookphotochallenge @TheSpinecrackersBookClub

MrBook Nice! 3y
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hof1991
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
Pickpick

If you like solid history and a rousing story, this is for you. Hornblower redone with better history and amusing writing. Read one and you will want them all. Not the source for the movie of the same name, which comes later in the series.

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hof1991
Pickpick

The start of a superb series. Accurate historical fiction based on actual ships logs. Humor and social commentary mixed with rousing battles. Like the Hornblower series but better written. Like the Sharpe series but less repetitive and much more varied. Jane Austen at sea.

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hof1991
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
Pickpick

But spring for the unabridged version.

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Camelama
Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian


The music-room in the Governor‘s House at Port Mahon, a tall, handsome, pillared octagon, was filled with the triumphant first movement of Locatelli‘s C major quartet.

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