Patrick O'Brian

Patrick O'Brian

Patrick O'Brian was born in Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire, England on December 14th, 1914 and passed away at the age of 85 on January 2nd, 2000.

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Patrick O'Brian Stats: The highest rated book by Patrick O'Brian on Book Notification is The Mauritius Command, the 4th novel in the Aubrey/Maturin series. The second-highest rated book is H.M.S. Surprise (Aubrey/Maturin #3).

The most read book by Patrick O'Brian on Book Notification is Master and Commander, the first novel in the Aubrey/Maturin series. The second most read book is Post Captain (Aubrey/Maturin #2).

Below is a complete list of Patrick O'Brian books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series. The most popular series by Patrick O'Brian is the Aubrey/Maturin Series.

List of Aubrey/Maturin Books in Publication Order

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List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

List of Short Stories/Novellas in Publication Order

List of Short Story Collections in Publication Order

List of Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order

List of Patrick O'Brian Anthologies in Publication Order

Patrick O'Brian: Biography

Patrick O'Brian (Richard Patrick Russ) was born on December 14th, 1914. Patrick passed away January 2nd, 2000 at 85 years old. Patrick O'Brian was born in Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire, England.

Patrick O'Brian was the author of the Aubrey/Maturin series which consists of 21 novels. The Aubrey/Maturin series started in 1969 with the novel Master and Commander. The most recently released novel in the Aubrey/Maturin series was 21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey which was released in 2004. There are no upcoming novels for the Aubrey/Maturin series.

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Patrick O'Brian: F.A.Q

When was Patrick O'Brian Born?

Patrick O'Brian was born on December 14th, 1914.

When did Patrick O'Brian die?

Patrick O'Brian died on January 2nd, 2000 at 85 years old.

Where was Patrick O'Brian Born?

Patrick O'Brian was born in Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire, England.

What was the first book Patrick O'Brian wrote?

The first novel written by Patrick O'Brian was Caesar, published in 1930.

What was the most recent book Patrick O'Brian wrote?

His most recently released work was The Uncertain Land and Other Poems on January 1st, 2019.

How many books has Patrick O'Brian written?

Patrick O'Brian has written 41 books. 21 books in the Aubrey/Maturin Series, 8 Standalone Novels, 3 Short Stories/Novellas, 6 books in the Short Story Collections, 3 books in the Non-Fiction Books.

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    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    2 years ago

    I will say this: Master and Commander, the movie, is only bad if you read the books first. But if the movie came first for you, you’re more likely to dismiss the adaptation as an inferior but entertaining version of the story.

    Personally, I loved the movie, but the book is better, specifically the first novel, which is all I’ve read so far. I suppose it isn’t fair to compare the two because the movie uses aspects from various books.

    I did not expect to like the book because it came out in the 1960s, and books written before the 21st Century rarely interest me. But I guess I don’t know my own tastes and preferences. Master and Commander was an interesting introduction to a corner of literature I had never encountered.

    Tom Hughes
    Tom Hughes
    2 months ago

    Like others I know, I have read through the entire Aubrey/Maturin series, and loved them. (I’ve also read O’Brian’s biographies of Joseph Banks and Pablo Picasso, and some of his short stories, also tremendous). Anyway, I’m now re-reading the Aubrey/Maturins, and just finished HMS Surprise, one of the very best in a series that is never less than excellent.

    Re-reading is a new kind of pleasure because, now that I know the stories, I’m less breathless to find out “what happens next” (and next, and next). O’Brian is a master of suspense, among other things, but inevitably that feeling of suspense is lessened the second time around. What I am much more aware of, instead, is all of O’Brian’s other qualities: his wonderful sense of humor, his ability to evoke human nature in all its ambiguity, and his sheer, intoxicating command of English. Having been in awe of the Royal Navy and its fantastic feats, now I’m equally in awe of a great writer’s ability as a storyteller.

    Lastly, some would-be readers might skip the series, mistaking it for British Empire triumphalism. This is not the case at all, and I’m more aware on re-reading of the unforgiving light that O’Brian shines on imperial greed, hubris and racism, and the horrors of war (and the idiocy of bureaucracy and petty jealousies). He doesn’t impose a “modern” sensibility, or commit any anachronisms; he just tells it like it was, and it was… ghastly. It would be almost unreadable if the recurring characters were not so enchanting and if O’Brian did not serve them up so amazingly well.

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