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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.

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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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    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 2011

    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

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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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    Dan Daphne, AL, USA 07-03-13
    Dan Daphne, AL, USA 07-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Dreadful narration. Had to stop listening."

    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.

    Big mistake.

    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.

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    james COCKEYSVILLE, MD, United States 05-20-13
    james COCKEYSVILLE, MD, United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Really Good Book Read As A Bed-Time Story"

    I'm a huge fan of C.S. Forester's Hornblower series - I have them all in print, and was working my way through the audible version in series order. It was going swimmingly!

    Then they changed Narrators. Disaster. Mr Coster's tone reminds me of someone reading a bedtime story - it is soft, even, and the volume lowers steadily throughout the sentence. Imagine "he parried the blow, then hacked and hacked again, fighting for his life" being read in the same tone as "lullaby, and good nite..."

    I'm sure his melodic drone is great for some stories (Copperfield?), just not this one.

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    R. Herz Syracuse, NY United States 04-21-13
    R. Herz Syracuse, NY United States 04-21-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Couldn't finish"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story is good but the reader is so phlegmatic that I had to stop. He makes me sleepy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Plot. Love the series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different reader. This one reads like a bedtime story. No excitement.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janice monterey, CA, United States 03-20-13
    Janice monterey, CA, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Day Job"
    What disappointed you about Hornblower and the Atropos?

    The reader.


    What could C. S. Forester have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He did everything right, Mr. Coster butchered it in his reading.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nicolas Coster?

    Christin Rodska


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It wasn't the book it was the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure there are books Mr. Coster has read that he did a fine job with, This wasn't one of them.

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    James H. Breda Melrose, MA United States 03-12-13
    James H. Breda Melrose, MA United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Uncomfortable listen - too slow of a candence.."
    What did you like best about Hornblower and the Atropos? What did you like least?

    I am sure that Mr. Coster is an excellent performer. he certainly has a trained voice. however, after listening the the previous books by Mr. Rodska, it was a surprise and it took me almost to the end of the second book to get used to the very slow cadance in his p e r f o r m a n c e ...


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

    escape from the turkish bay


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nicolas Coster?

    Christian Rodska


    Did Hornblower and the Atropos inspire you to do anything?

    no. i will not take up deep sea diving any time soon..


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    Alan Coral Springs, FL, United States 02-24-13
    Alan Coral Springs, FL, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2007
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    "The whole Hornblower series"

    This is my second time through the Hornblower series. The first time was when you had to rent cassettes, listen to them and return them by mail.

    A lot of people complain about the narrator, but I have heard a lot worse. Some of the British accent narrators seem to be very condescending and the pronunciations of certain words are hard to take for a long book. (Like the narration in the some of the John LeCarre series of books,or most of the books by Winston Churchill.)

    Partially throughout the first time through the series, I kept thinking that there was something very familiar about the Hornblower character. Then I heard that Gene Roddenberry, when he was creating the first Star Trek TV show, told his writers to think of Captain Kirk as a, "Space going Horatio Hornblower." He brings his ship and crew through seemingly impossible situations to the glory of his country and his King.

    When I was through with the Hornblower series, I was hungry for more, so I tried, "Master and Commander" of the Aubrey Maturin series of books by Patrick O'Brian, and found it boring and unreadable.

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    Robert CARY, NC, United States 02-20-13
    Robert CARY, NC, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Worst narrator I've heard in 300 books - hated it"

    This is the first performance by Nicolas Coster I've listened to, and I was cringing as I reluctantly continued. I found myself hoping the story would end, so I could move on to one of the other books narrated by Christian Rodska. Hopefully Mr. Rodska will record this book and there will be a better Unabridged option.

    Mr. Coster's performance is slurred as if he were imitating a drunkard, his voices are indistinguishable from each other, and he attempts to deliver emotion by speaking more loudly or softly. It is more like listening to someone relating a story they have heard, rather than a story they are narrating.

    My advice is to avoid this recording and wait for better material, or purchase the abridged version.

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