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Hornblower and the

Hornblower and the "Atropos"

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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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    Amazon Customer Columbia, MD USA 01-26-10
    Amazon Customer Columbia, MD USA 01-26-10 Member Since 2008

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    "The reader is spot-on"

    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.

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    Spencer 04-13-16
    Spencer 04-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book, sleepy narration."

    Coster was slow and monotonous. I love these books but was quite literally put to sleep on occasion by his soft, slow speech.

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    Amazon Customer 04-01-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Spectacular source material, terrible narration"
    Would you try another book from C. S. Forester and/or Nicolas Coster?

    Forester - yes, Coster - no


    What did you like best about this story?

    Forester is a master at sucking you into his world. This entire series of novels is pure gold.


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

    Christian Rodska did an awesome job with all of the other books in this series.


    Was Hornblower and the "Atropos" worth the listening time?

    nope - I quit and just read the book the old fashioned way.


    Any additional comments?

    Please get Christian Rodska to do this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy WAUKEGAN, ILLINOIS, United States 03-29-16
    Timothy WAUKEGAN, ILLINOIS, United States 03-29-16 Member Since 2011
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    "I gave it another shot"

    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.

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    mary s pittman 03-24-16
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    "Interesting historical detail"

    I was dubious about this one after reading reviews of the narrarator. I adjusted the reading speed to 1.1 and that fixed it for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Satish Iyer Mumbai, India 08-27-15
    Satish Iyer Mumbai, India 08-27-15

    Avid reader of romantic literature, history and adventure.

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    "Stellar plot on the high seas!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Hornblower and the "Atropos" to and why?

    Hornblower and the Hotspur.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Nicolas Coster?

    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.


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

    Watch the adventure in the 18th century British navy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas deerfield, NH, United States 07-29-15
    Thomas deerfield, NH, United States 07-29-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book: it then all the hornbower books are gr"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jussi Korhonen 07-19-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Listen at 1.5x speed and it is fine"
    What made the experience of listening to Hornblower and the "Atropos" the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good old fashioned adventure story


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

    The other books in the series are narrated by Christian Rodska, who is more enjoyable to listen to - so, not necessarily.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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