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!
Ripping good yarn, beautifully acted. Rodska captures both young Hornblower's competence and his vulnerabity. Secondary characters are beautifully realized.
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 !
I love the technical language and the likeable hero. Comfort reading of the highest order.
Horatio Hornblower is a officer in His Britainic Majesty's navy in the early 19th century at a time when British sea power was predominant. He is intelligent, honest, courageous, and patriotic. However, he is not a cookie-cutter hero. He is plagued by self-doubt and self consciousness.
The author's descriptions of sailing and fighting in wooden ships gives an aura of reality to the story. The listener can imagine firing cannon, climbing rigging to set sails and fighting with sword and pistol in boarding actions.
This is a good story with a good narrator. It is also the perfect length for a 200 mile road trip.
The story was not bombastic, but credibly introduced the character who would be the central figure in Forester's writing career
The development of Hornblower's personality traits
The narrator's performance brought the story to life admirably
Forester's story cements his reputation as a creator of believeable and engaging tales of life at sea.
Say something about yourself!
OMG, as we say today. This is an amazing performance of as goo a book about the sea, as exists in the English language. If you love the ocean, naval history and wonderful voice don't pass on this one.
An absolute gem. I loved the story and was excited about continuing with the Hornblower series only to discover that not all have been narrated. Ouch. However, this should not diminish the wonderful story of young Midshipman Hornblower as he is introduced to His Majesty's Naval Service. He transitions from a young and fumbling 17 year old midshipman to a very capable and seasoned naval officer in a very short time.
The story transitions from one major event to another to include his capture by the Spaniards and incarcerated for several years. Young Hornblower exhibits compassion, the highest ethical standards, bravery, intelligence, and maturity well beyond his years. It is a wonderful story that is appropriate for all ages. Most highly recommended.
This book is narrated in truly top form. Fascinating story well worth the read.
Loved how Hornblower usually got his way by skill and brain power instead of
The writer and narrator transport you to another time and place. The story is so well written that you can visualize every detail. The narrator helps the book come alive without getting in the way of the story. It was an exciting book and one that I will likely listen to again.