book cover of H.M.S. Surprise
Added by 29 of our members

H.M.S. Surprise

(1973)
(The third book in the Aubrey / Maturin series)
A novel by

 
 
H.M.S. Surprise follows the variable fortunes of Captain Jack Aubrey's career in Nelson's navy as he attempts to hold his ground against admirals, colleagues and the enemy, accepting a mission to convey a British ambassador to the East Indies. The voyage takes him and his friend Stephen Maturin to the strange sights and smells of the Indian sub-continent, and through the archipelago of spice islands where the French have a near-overwhelming superiority. Rarely has a novel managed to convey more vividly the fragility of a sailing ship in a wild sea. Rarely has a historical novelist combined action and lyricism of style in the way that O' Brian does. His superb sense of place, brilliant characterisation, and a vigour and joy of writing lift O'Brian above any but the most exalted of comparisons.

Genre: Historical

Similar books by other authors

thumb
The Time of Terror
(Nathan Peake, book 1)
Seth Hunter
thumb
Victory
(Thomas Kydd, book 11)
Julian Stockwin

Used availability for Patrick O'Brian's H.M.S. Surprise

Hardback Editions

January 2002 : UK Hardback
thumb

Title: HMS "Surprise" (Windsor Selection S.)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-7540-1460-6 / 978-0-7540-1460-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 2000 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: H M S Surprise (Thorndike Famous Authors)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-7862-1934-3 / 978-0-7862-1934-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Availability: Amazon UK   


1973 : UK Hardback
thumb

Title: HMS Surprise
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-00-221316-8 / 978-0-00-221316-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


November 1994 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: H. M. S. (Aubrey/Maturin Novels, 3) (Book 3)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-393-03703-7 / 978-0-393-03703-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

May 2021 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: H. M. S. (Aubrey/Maturin Novels, 3)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-393-54160-6 / 978-0-393-54160-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


June 2007 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: HMS Surprise
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-00-725585-3 / 978-0-00-725585-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


2007 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: H.M.S. Surprise
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-00-782558-7 / 978-0-00-782558-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 1997 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: H.M.S. Surprise
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-00-649917-1 / 978-0-00-649917-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2000 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: HMS "Surprise" (Paragon Softcover Large Print Books)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-7540-2350-8 / 978-0-7540-2350-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


May 1991 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: H. M. S. Surprise (Aubrey / Maturin)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-393-30761-1 / 978-0-393-30761-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


December 1975 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: H.M.S. "Surprise"
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-00-614181-1 / 978-0-00-614181-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fontana Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


1900 : Mass Market Paperback
thumb

Title: H.M.S Surprise ( HMS )
Author(s):
Publisher:
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

June 2016 : Australia Audio CD
thumb

Title: H.M.S. Surprise: 3
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-4893-5012-8 / 978-1-4893-5012-1 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


August 2013 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: H.M.S. Surprise (Aubrey - Maturin series, Book 3) (The Aubrey-Maturin Series)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-4829-5512-1 / 978-1-4829-5512-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2012 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 3
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


June 2012 : Australia Audio edition
thumb

Title: H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 3
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon AU   


June 2012 : UK Audio edition
thumb

Title: H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 3
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


May 2010 : UK Audio CD
thumb

Title: HMS Surprise
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-00-726171-3 / 978-0-00-726171-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 2005 : UK Audio edition
thumb

Title: H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey-Maturin, Book 3
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon UK   


August 2004 : USA MP3 CD
thumb

Title: H.M.S. Surprise (Aubrey-Maturin)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-7861-8562-7 / 978-0-7861-8562-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2004 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: H.M.S. Surprise (Aubrey-Maturin, Volume 3 in the series)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-4159-0400-6 / 978-1-4159-0400-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


April 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
thumb

Title: H.M.S. Surprise (Aubrey-Maturin)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-7861-2756-2 / 978-0-7861-2756-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


April 2004 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: H.M.S. Surprise
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-7861-8633-X / 978-0-7861-8633-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc
Availability: Amazon CA   


March 2004 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: H.M.S. Surprise (Aubrey-Maturin)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-7861-8597-X / 978-0-7861-8597-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


March 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
thumb

Title: H.M.S. Surprise (Aubrey-Maturin)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-7861-2765-1 / 978-0-7861-2765-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


December 2003 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 3
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


September 2002 : UK Audio CD

Title: HMS "Surprise"
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-84283-262-X / 978-1-84283-262-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 2001 : USA Audio Cassette
thumb

Title: H.M.S. Surprise
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-4025-0222-2 / 978-1-4025-0222-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


August 1998 : USA Audio Cassette
thumb

Title: H.M.S. Surprise (Aubrey-Maturin)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-375-40524-0 / 978-0-375-40524-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


March 1997 : UK Audio Cassette
thumb

Title: HMS Surprise
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-00-105331-0 / 978-0-00-105331-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


November 1995 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: H.M.S. "Surprise"
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-86051-005-1 / 978-1-86051-005-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bespoke Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 1993 : UK Audio Cassette
thumb

Title: H.M.S. "Surprise": Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-85089-876-6 / 978-1-85089-876-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


1992 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: H.M.S. Surprise (Aubrey/Maturin series, Volume Three)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-4025-2828-0 / 978-1-4025-2828-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


1992 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: H.M.S. Surprise
Author(s): Patrick O'Brien
ISBN: 0-7887-4904-8 / 978-0-7887-4904-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

December 2011 : UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: HMS Surprise (Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 3) (Aubrey & Maturin series)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon UK   


May 1991 : USA Kindle edition
thumb

Title: H. M. S. Surprise (Vol. Book 3) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon