I enjoyed this first in the famous series about Aubrey and Maturin but not as much as I expected. Based on the many reviews of people I respect, I thought I would fall in love with this series. It is truly in my sweet spot in terms of books I love, but for some reason, I found it more difficult to read than I thought I would. With that said, I still enjoyed the read. O'Brian certainly makes the reader feel as if he is on the ship with these early 19th century English sailors. The passages with all of the sailing terms didn't bother me at all. I enjoyed the novel as a trip through time more than as a novel that makes me want to keep turning pages. Well worth the read, and I will certainly keep working through the series.