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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The same as my headline I suppose..."The canal, the funeral and the treasure~"
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.
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.
I'd like a refund on this one.
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.
I love the Hornblower saga, and this is one is just as good as all the rest
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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