Patrick O’Brian would have been proud to know that such a well researched and presented musical companion piece to his Aubrey/Maturin novels had been produced. He may have been distressed at first to discover that it was the Americans who had done it, but certainly would have forgiven them. This recording is wonderful, whether or not the listener is a fan of O’Brian’s series. A familiarity with the characters aboard Jack Aubrey’s ships makes it all the more enjoyable. This is not the high-blown music of Stephen Maturin and his captain or of the High Lords of the Admiralty, but rather the songs and tunes so dear to the hearts of the common sailors the likes of Killick and Bonden. The songs are well researched, arranged and presented to please the ear of scholar and casual listener alike. A truly authentic sound of the Royal Navy as it did battle with “Boney.” A marvelous insight into the history of the songs that gave voice to the fighting sailor of the day. I recommend this recording highly.