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.
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"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)
dog sports enthusiast
The reader, Nicolas Coster, really captures the feel of the time period for me with his unhurried, stately manner. (He displays an excellent range of character performance as well). I'm only disappointed that Audible does not carry other Hornblower books read by Mr. Coster.
Forester - yes, Coster - no
Forester is a master at sucking you into his world. This entire series of novels is pure gold.
Christian Rodska did an awesome job with all of the other books in this series.
nope - I quit and just read the book the old fashioned way.
Please get Christian Rodska to do this one!
I tried. I really did. I wanted to like these books, and indeed there are some good moments. But I cannot escape the conclusion; I just do not like Hornblower. I mean I don't like him.. the character. He's silly and un-relatable to me, not what I would expect in an officer of the time. Again and again there is some nautical situation, everyone around him is incompetent, Hornblower saves the day and 5 pages later he's biting his nails angry about what he ought to have done. Then he turns around and is overly concerned about preserving the dignity of a captain, to the potential detriment of the mission. That doesn't sound like devotion to duty to me. He's like the weirdo kid on the the little league who yells at himself when he doesn't hit a home run, or strikes out. Serving under a guy like that might get one killed, and to no good purpose. I think he is wooden, one-dimensional and just a little too unbelievable. Someone else wrote that they were frustrated by Hornblower's depression and insecurity, and that's how I feel too. The series (at least my experience with it) makes one think that the Royal Navy might not have been able to do anything if Hornblower wasn't around. That's obviously not the case. So there, no more Hornblower for me. I came to these books looking to further my experience with the Aubrey/Maturin series, which are incomparable in my opinion, but have come away unmoved.
Avid reader of romantic literature, history and adventure.
Yes, very much because the plot/storyline is good. It keeps the reader engaged and does not drop at any time. It is amazing that C.S.Forrester could visualize such a plot with many twists.
Hornblower and the Hotspur.
Maybe. Narration by Nicolas Coster was somewhat slow in some places. I would not say that his narration is bad, just a tad slow. I would still listen to another book narrated by Nicolas, hopefully not a boring book.
Watch the adventure in the 18th century British navy.
Great book. I read them all and they are all great. I did not like the reader in this one as much as the others but it was still a great book.
There must be something wrong with the recording, the narrator reads extremely slowly which doesn't fit a fast-paced light story like Hornblower at all. Once I set the playback speed to 1.5x it was fine. You can see the other books are around 8 hours long, this recording is much longer but the story really isn't.
Good old fashioned adventure story
The other books in the series are narrated by Christian Rodska, who is more enjoyable to listen to - so, not necessarily.
Do not skip this book, just play it a higher speed (1.25x or 1.5x) - it doesn't make it sound like it was performed by the Chipmunks, but is far more bearable that way.
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