The Surgeon’s Mate (2004) Audio


Benedict reads another story from the series about Captain Jack Aubrey and the ship’s doctor Stephen Maturin.

The Surgeon’s Mate was written by Patrick O’Brian and published in 1980. The story is set during the Napoleonic wars, and is the 7th Book in the series with the protagonist Captain Jack Aubrey (Royal Navy) and the ship’s doctor Stephen Maturin.

Jack Aubrey, Stephen Maturin and Diana Villiers (Maturin’s enigmatic love) are passengers on a mail ship from Nova Scotia, Canada to England when two American privateers start a chase. They hunt Maturin, who has threatened the U.S. spy network. Maturin escapes, and after arriving in England he immediately travels on to France. Equipped with protective papers, he now teaches Natural History in Paris. Suspicious French agents try to lure Maturin, but he refuses to be drawn into any indiscretion.
After his return to London, Maturin is put in charge of headhunting catalan officers and troops from the french. Jack Aubrey offers him transport, but despite his support the mission takes a nasty turn when their ship sinks. Captured by the French, Aubrey and Maturin are now in Paris’s famous “Temple” – prison.

The Surgeon’s Mate, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, aired from July 05 to July 16, 2004 on BBC Radio 4.

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