You pretty much know what to expect when you choose a novel with a giant sailboat on the cover sailing on the open ocean.
What you also get is solid writing, a noteworthy main character, and a clear plot.
Choose, if you love this genre!
Yes I would buy the next book to find out what happened to Mr. Hornblower.
The English accent and old ships vocabulary was very authentic but sometimes hard to follow and understand.
I absolutely loved how he did all the different characters voices! I would buy other books that he read just to listen to his performance again.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
I am a big fan of this genre, C.S Forester is perhaps the best known, but there are also the Dewey Lambdin series which is also good, Peter Simple, and the Master and Commander Series from Patrick O'Brien. I would rate C.S Forester as among the better, but slightly more serious than the others. For more fun and spice I like Dewey Lambdin. The Bloody Jack Series is also fun although it is aimed at teenagers. This is book 1 (can't purchase book #2), and book # 3 is next one in series on Audible. So if you start listening, you will soon have to transition over to written word because there is limited audio format availability.
I do not sail. I get seasick looking at pictures of boats on the ocean. And I LOVE the Hornblower series. This is a story of daring, ambition, intelligence, discipline, risk.taking and luck! A co-worker reminded me that Horatio Hornblower was the inspiration for Captain Kirk of Star Trek, and it is an apt comparison!
If you have never read any of the series, this is the perfect book to start with.
The unfamilar nautical terms make sense in the context they are used. Your time and place in history come alive through the narrative. The reader is excellent. Before you know it, the book is over, and you are purchasing and downloading the next one....luckily there are many in the series, so you have many happy hours before you must say goodbye to Horatio Hornblower.
Aircraft Pilot and Mechanic with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Africa.
near the top
Returning to a Spanish prison to keep his word
I don't think so. He did a good french ascent.
I want to listen to the next book!
This book is a good story. It is pretty straight forward without any big twists or turns. It is a good start for the Hornblower stories. I was a little taken by surprise at the abrupt ending, but that too was appropriate.
It was a good introduction of Hornblower, who, although the hero was still learning his craft. He makes plenty of mistakes along the way but in the end does a good job.
The scene with the fire barges was well written, very vivid.
Hornblower, all of the rest of the characters were simply supporting players.
This is a short book but well worth the listen.
Except when it all gets too quiet and you can't really hear it. Maybe you can if you are sitting at home in your armchair listening with headphones on, but I tend to listen in the car to and from work or on other errands. The volume of Mr Rodska is good 90% of the time, and I think it's his flair for the dramatic, which is a good thing all told, which causes this small problem.
Every so often someone with a small voice comes in, or there is something whispered or shocking and it's hard to hear at normal volume for the rest of the piece. I get by because I've read the books already, if you haven't you may end up rewinding or palying with the volume.
As for Hornblower? An awesome tale of high seas adventure in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Era!
Human side of the British Navy and it's training that developed the most famous Navy in history
Character growth of the main character fron a youth to a mature Naval Officer
Rescue of the crew of the French privateer and his keeping his word and returning to captivity.
Hornblower's pardon by the French in recognition of his effort to save the crew of the French privateer,while they were at war with England !