Scathing Book Reviews of “Master and Commander”, Book 1 of the Aubrey/Maturin Series, by Patrick O’Brian

Patrick O’Brian‘s series of 20 completed books about the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars has won wide renown, and for millions of readers, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are compelling characters. Despite Russell Crowe’s best efforts, the movie based on the series was quite good. But for these readers? They’re not quite so enthused. “Hoot Toot”, indeed: – these critical reviews of Patrick O’brian’s “Master and Commander” would like to sink the series:

Mr. O’Brian could have learned a thing or two from James Clavell.


You know those books that you read thinking, “Okay, not really exciting, but it’s got some potential. Maybe the author will come around…” and then after a while you think, “Well, I’ve read most of it. I might as well finish it.”. And then you finally finish it and think, “Man, that book turned out okay after all.” This is not that Book.


I got through about two chapters of this and threw it away. O’brian writes like an old woman. The story seems to be about tea parties and gossip, the time and setting seem incidental to the story.

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