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John

Hilton, United Kingdom | Member Since 2001

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  • Hornblower and the "Atropos"

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Nicolas Coster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (179)

    In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters

    Edward C. Charbonnet says: "Great fun and adventure in 1806"
    "Great book. Poor narrator."
    Overall

    All of the Hornblower books are excellent and this one is no exception. Forrester is a master of his craft and his detailed knowledge of how the British navy worked and how ships were sailed make the action believable and convincing.

    Unfortunately this audio book is spoiled for me by the narrator who has a slow and mournful delivery that sounds like a vicar on Valium preaching a long and boring sermon.

    The other books in this series are read by Christian Rodska who does a much better job.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The Godfather is the epic story of organized crime in the 1940s, but it is also the intimate story of the Corleone family, drawn together and ripped apart by its position at the core of the Mafia in America. Still shocking more than a quarter-centruy after it was first published, The Godfather is a modern classic, presented here in an all-new listener's edition.

    John says: "Abridged to far....."
    "Abridged to far....."
    Overall

    The Godfather is a great book and it is well read by Joe Mantegna. It has, however been cut to far by the abridger. Anyone who has read the original version will miss the detail and the sub-plots that have been omitted. Anyone who has not will not know what they have missed.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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