We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The first 3 or 4 in the series are among my favorite books by any author. The rest of the series is less evenly wonderful, but the least of them is better than almost anything else I'm likely to pick up.
O'Brian wrote a number of books outside the Aubrey/Maturin series, too, which are all worth reading. The very best may be "Testimonies," which I think was his first, from the 1950s. If he'd never written another thing, that would have marked him as a fine novelist.