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Hornblower and the

Hornblower and the "Atropos"

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
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Publisher's Summary

"I find Hornblower admirable, vastly entertaining" - Winston Churchill

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 and boldly challenging a Spanish frigate several times her size. At the center of each adventure is Hornblower, Forester's most inspired creation, whose blend of cautious preparation and spirited execution dazzles friend and foe alike.

(P)2009 Phoenix Audio

What the Critics Say

"A rousing tale of history, character, and adventure...For once Hornblower is the mouse Instead of the cat, but he makes that role fully as dramatic as the other." (Chicago Tribune)

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    Alex 06-19-15
    Alex 06-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Do not buy this version"

    This book has also been narrated by Christian Rodska, who does it far better. I listened to every other book in the series as narrated by Mr Rodska but, inexplicably, Audible hid the Rodska version of this book from me until I had already bought the Coster version. Do not let them fool you as well. Coster's performance is slow and ponderous. He makes all the characters sound far too old. There is no reason to listen to him, so don't.

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    Robert 03-27-15
    Robert 03-27-15
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    "Love all the Hornblower books"

    I'm a busy guy like most of us, but during the day and evening I take my dog on long walks and I have enjoyed my dog walks even more, and walked further, thanks to CS Forester's exciting books. I even think my dog likes them because he gets to walk and run even more.

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    L. Look 02-23-15
    L. Look 02-23-15

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    "This story made me laugh"

    I enjoyed the story but didn't enjoy the narrator as much as the previous narrator. He just made Horatio seem very old. And very British.... Very Donald Sutherland.

    A good number of parts of the book made me laugh. Another great Horatio Hornblower story.

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    Paul Douglas, ON, Canada 02-16-15
    Paul Douglas, ON, Canada 02-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great book!"

    Forester has so many adventures awaiting the clever Captain. Don't miss the excitement and daring.
    It says I can't post this until I'm finished writing my review. So there it's done.

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    Michael Phelan Cambria, CA, US 01-03-15
    Michael Phelan Cambria, CA, US 01-03-15 Member Since 2008
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    "The canal, the funeral and the treasure~"
    Would you listen to Hornblower and the "Atropos" again? Why?

    Yes...because it's part of the series. This is a rather disjointed effort; three short stories rolled into a novel. Each part is quite interesting, but the transitions are lacking.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    While the canal in the Cotswolds is an interesting part, I think the book would be stronger without it. If the story had started with Hornblower organising the funeral the story line would have been stronger. He could have then gone to sea to salvage the shipwreck in Turkey. The story line and development of that segment was well done.


    Which character – as performed by Nicolas Coster – was your favorite?

    None of them stands out. Nicolas Coster has a metre that hardly changes and it's not speedy by any stretch. If you want to relax your way through a rolling broadside, this is your narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The same as my headline I suppose..."The canal, the funeral and the treasure~"


    Any additional comments?

    It is so difficult when a series makes a change in narrators. Patrick O'Brien's Master and Commander series is awesome. That series changes narrators and survives my scrutiny, as does the Amelia Peobody Series by Elizabeth Peters. Susan O'Mally and Barbara Rosenblat are both excellent narrators.

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    Tom 01-03-15
    Tom 01-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Worst audio book I've ever wasted my money on."
    What disappointed you about Hornblower and the "Atropos"?

    The Narrator Nicolas Coster destroyed any enjoyment I might have in one of my favorite series. I had to speed his voice up to 1.25 just to even attempt to listen to it but his voice and reading just ruined it for me. I spend a lot of money to enjoy myself and not have to force myself to listen.


    Would you ever listen to anything by C. S. Forester again?

    YES


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nicolas Coster’s performances?

    NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like a refund on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Loren Indiana, USA 07-01-14
    Loren Indiana, USA 07-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I liked the narrator"

    It just goes to show ya. There's no accounting for taste.

    Many reviewers here have criticized the narrator for this book in the series, but I very much enjoyed his reading.

    I thought the story itself was a bit disjointed, with no real plot running from beginning to end. This may be a realistic representation of wartime events for this single ship, but usually ships are assigned to a fleet and its actions support a planned campaign against the enemy.

    Hornblower’s ship in this story is separated from a fleet and assigned various other tasks. This book is the story of those tasks and reads a bit like a series of short stories or novellas. I didn’t care for the lack of continuity in the story line.

    In spite of that, I am enjoying this series and will continue with the next one.

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    James Secrest TORRANCE, CA, US 08-25-13
    James Secrest TORRANCE, CA, US 08-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story Classic C.S Not very good performance"
    What made the experience of listening to Hornblower and the "Atropos" the most enjoyable?

    I love the Hornblower saga, and this is one is just as good as all the rest


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nicolas Coster’s performances?

    I hated this narration, to slow, too too ssssslllllloooooowwww, I had to play it at 1.25X otherwise it is not listenable, I will not buy another of Nicolas's performances


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    matt stokes Apex, NC, US 08-21-13
    matt stokes Apex, NC, US 08-21-13 Member Since 2015

    Retired US Navy Submariner. Served in 2 Diesel boats, 2 fast attacks and 2 SSBNs Retired as Master Chief. Worked in civilian Nuclear power plants as a second career.

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    "narrator sux"
    What did you like best about Hornblower and the "Atropos"? What did you like least?

    story was good but narrator puts me to sleep


    What three words best describe Nicolas Coster’s voice?

    boring gay dreary


    Any additional comments?

    I will not listen to any more booke with this narrator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Windham, NH, United States 07-08-13
    Elizabeth Windham, NH, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Derring-do,"
    Would you listen to Hornblower and the "Atropos" again? Why?

    No, I won't listen again. Not for a long time. And why not, because there are more where that came from.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hornblower and the "Atropos"?

    Hornblower threatening the life of the annoying doctor if he doesn't save the annoying salvage guy.


    If you could take any character from Hornblower and the "Atropos" out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Probably the annoying salvage guy. I have a weak spot for experts with stories to tell, annoying or not.


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