Probably not. Oration seldom matches the power of imagination as one reads
Escaping from the Turks
All of the scenes describing how it was aboard a ship of war set in the time. I appreciated the descriptions of how a ship was navigated and handled in the time period of the book.
Hornblower is my obvious choice. Understanding how a seagoing man of that age thought and was able to assemble the knowledge and courage it took to command a ship of the time is fascinating. In today's wold of electronics including GPS it is hard to imagine how it was done in the past and a book like this gives a glimpse of what it was like.
The story was great but the oration itself could have used some improvement in cadence, volume, intonation, and pitch in comparison to the previous books presented in this series.
Better Nararator and probably the edited version....first time ever to get bogged down in details
made the first 3 hours only 1
He put me to sleep....like maybe he read that softly to his grandkids
The story held up well the last 6 hrs ...... if you could stay awake
If this had been my first C. S. Forester it would have probably been my last
I adore the Hornblower stories and excitedly listened to all of them. The others, performed by Christian Rodska, are magnificent. I couldn't turn them off. Unfortunately, Nicolas Coster has a slow, ponderous storytelling style that is completely out of sync with the adventures or Horatio Hornblower. He actually manages to make this story sound boring. And it's definitely not boring. Listen to the other Hornblowers and skip this one.
The book yes, but the audio book by Coster No. Coster does not capture the essential action of the series, and sounds as if he is reading un-enthusiastically from his high-sided armchair
Hornblower-no reason to dwell on that. The story is good
Boring boring with too much pompous accents from the crew in the lower deck. His accents just do not do it for me-they are so much the upper crust English stuffy accents and they are applied lazily and un-enthusisatically. I am going to avoid ever buying anything with Costers name on from now on!!I am tempted to revert back to reading the book myself!
absolutely, its a wonderfully told story with excitement as each page is turned. Easily understood and following the story line was very simple.
of course, Hornblower and all his crew.
I can't select just one they where all so colorful.
Again, Hornblower. I should like to discuss how in today's times I could get such a exciting job as he has now.
wonderful book. My first in the series but not my last.
I listen to hundreds of Audiobook narrators. I have my favorites but Nicholas Costner is not one. This is a good story but reading other reviews I see the narrator incites strong reactions both positive and negative. I fall in the later category. Coster's reading is described elsewhere here as that of "a vicar on valium". That is not far off in my opinion. This is the only Hornblower book not narrated by Christian Rodska whose readings I highly commend to the uninitiated. In this case I recommend using the sample control to preview Coster's performance before purchase. If you like Costner, great. But if you are like me you will sit out this audio and read this book in a print or eBook version. I would have.
The story is great. Not the best Hormblower story but very good. The narrator, Nicolas Coster, sounds like he could be Eeyore's lethargic cousin.
This is the only recording that does not have Christian Rodska narrating. Mr Coster is so completely different in narration that I would almost suggest skipping it and just borrowing the book from the library. I choose to weather his reading but be warned it is lethargic.
There have been a lot of worthy followers to C S Forester in telling the story of the British Navy at the time or Trafalgar and the Napoleonic wars but he is still wonderful
In particular the detailed understanding of how new technologies (like canal barges) and complex naval maneuvers (like Nelson's funeral barge procession) actually worked s still as good as Captain and Commander's look at finding strange animals in the South Seas. In this case writing and performance are well matched.