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Mary D. Pekowski

Dallas, TX | Member Since 2012

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  • Lord Hornblower

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (108)

    The Admiral's face was grim as he gave Commodore Hornblower his orders. The situation was critical: mutiny was an infection that could spread through the fleet like the plague and, furthermore, the crew were threatening to go over to the French.

    Jean says: "Old fashion story telling"
    "Missing text"
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    I have read and loved all the Hornblower books in the past, but decided to try out the audio versions because I love a good reader. Christian Rodska is an excellent performer, and it's delightful to hear him bring out different accents and ways of speaking to reflect the different characters and it especially tickles me to hear him pulling back from the microphone so he can give a quarter deck shout when the text calls for it.

    The problem I am having is most likely with the editor for this audio series. Like with Commodore Hornblower, this novel has missing text. Not an entire chapter this time, but it's kind of a huge moment in chapter 14 when (spoilers) Hornblower tells his wife the fate of Bush. I listened to the passage three times to make sure that I was correct, that the editor actually cut out so vital a piece of the text, and yes indeed he did. Barbara's after reaction, Hornblower's lame follow-ups, etc. are all there, but the line thoughtlessly blurted out right before the party is gone. I hope that someone re-edits and corrects this series at some point, Christian Rodska is too good a reader and Forester is too good a writer to be mishandled like this.

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