I chose this version because I wanted the unabridged version. Even though the sample revealed a narrator whose style seemed unsuitable, I went ahead and bought it, hoping I would get used to him.
The narration is languid and supercilious, more suited perhaps to a children's fable or a drawing room romance than a tale of adventure at sea. As the book begins, Hornblower and his wife are made to sound like a pair of lifeless, whining old fuddy-duddies. What happens after that, I couldn't say: I couldn't bear to listen to the whole first chapter.
- sigh -
It's back to the printed word for this one. I hope Mr. Coster was not given the opportunity to drown any more Hornblower titles with his dreary narration.
Cornwell's novels seldom disappoint. Patrick Tull is a treasure. If you have not heard his reading of the Aubrey–Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian, you are in for a treat.
This was my first audible.com book and I loved it. Mr. Lee's beautiful, deep voice is perfect for this vast story of pride, treachery and tragedy.
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