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Lieutenant Hornblower | [C. S. Forester]

Lieutenant Hornblower

The nineteenth century dawns and the Napoleonic Wars rage as Horatio Hornblower faces the fury of the French and Spanish fleets combined. Amidst the hissing of wet wads, the stifling heat of white-hot cannon shot and the clamour of a mutinous crew, new Lieutenant Hornblower will need all of his seafaring cunning to overcome his first challenge in independent command on the high seas.
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The 19th century dawns and the Napoleonic Wars rage as Horatio Hornblower faces the fury of the French and Spanish fleets combined. Amidst the hissing of wet wads, the stifling heat of white-hot cannon shot and the clamour of a mutinous crew, new Lieutenant Hornblower will need all of his seafaring cunning to overcome his first challenge in independent command on the high seas. And while blood and violence flow thick and fast aboard a beleaguered HMS Renown, the aftermath of war promises intrigue of an entirely different order: Maria, a young señorita, who might just soften the steely resolve of a young lieutenant.

This is the second of 11 books chronicling the adventures of Horatio Hornblower.

©1952 Cassette Productions (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-05-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Hornblower off to the Caribbean"

    This book was written in 1952 and is different from the prior books in that the story is told from the view point of Lt William Bush rather than from Hornblower's. The story begins with Lt Bush coming aboard the ship as a new officer and is meet greeted aboard by Lt Hornblower. There are determining which Lieutenant is senior by date of rank when Captain Sawyer comes aboard and accuses Bush of deliberately boarding the ship ahead of him. Turns out that Hornblower is the most junior (5) Lt and Bush is the number 3. So begins a voyage to the Caribbean with a paranoid schizophrenic Captain. The trip shows what power of life and death the Captains had in those days. There is lots of action both ship and land fighting as well as seaman skills. The book also goes to demonstrate what leadership skills and ability are needed to lead men. Christian Rodska does a great job narrating the book. This is a great story and has a bit more meat to the story than prior ones. Looking forward to reading the next in line.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Heverlee, Belgium 12-07-11
    Jan Heverlee, Belgium 12-07-11
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    "Great stuff if you like naval warfare under sail."
    Where does Lieutenant Hornblower rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The top 3.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historic frame is great. The story itself is predictable but that doesn't matter since the 'how' is more important then the 'what'.


    What does Christian Rodska bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it makes you feel heroic :-).


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 02-04-12
    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 02-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story; great narrator"

    My title says it all. This is Hornblower at his most swashbuckling. The narrator, Christian Rodska, is quite superb, as usual.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Halifax, NS, Canada 12-02-11
    Peter Halifax, NS, Canada 12-02-11
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    "An excellent listen."
    If you could sum up Lieutenant Hornblower in three words, what would they be?

    Well worth it


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good plot


    What does Christian Rodska bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not sure but an excellent narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Order the first in the series after hearing this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laurel Ukiah, ca, United States 10-21-11
    Laurel Ukiah, ca, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2011

    Grey Dragon

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    "Post Watch"

    I grew up reading about Horatio Hornblower in the Saturday Evening Post. How I waited for a new story to arrive. Later, I purchased the books and read and re-read them.
    How delightful to be able to listen to them now. To visit scenes not well remembered and have my memories renewed. It's almost like a family reunion.
    Hornblower is the most dashing cousin a girl could have. He's brave and ruggedly good-looking and inspires the most romantic dreams. Unfortunately, he is in love with his ship ... but I have never minded playing second fiddle.
    I am in my second listening now. The first a hurry to catch the story, the second to enjoy more of the flavor and character development. The third will be just to enjoy a story well written and well told.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kc Nashville, TN, United States 03-25-13
    Kc Nashville, TN, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Worth Considering for Patrick O'Brian Fans"

    If you've exhausted Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series and miss tales of the British navy in the 18th-19th centuries, then the Hornblower books seem to be a worthy way to get your fix. The main character is appealing and the naval arcana is well-told, but this book lacked the sly social commentary that lace the O'Brian books. Nevertheless, it's a series I shall continue with. Excellent audiobook narration, with a variety of upper and lower class British accents delineating the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Athens, AL, USA 11-24-12
    Michael Athens, AL, USA 11-24-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Another Excellent Adventure"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is another entertaining book by this author, and well read. I use these books to keep my interest while driving, and have not been disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leanne Estevan, SK, Canada 08-07-12
    Leanne Estevan, SK, Canada 08-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "enjoyed the story and the adventure it had ."
    What did you love best about Lieutenant Hornblower?

    his friendship with others


    What did you like best about this story?

    at the fort and how they enter the fort and help the ship to get out.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    getting back to the ship


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

    The captain to give him present him with Lieutenant papers.


    Any additional comments?

    enjoyed the book and will listen to more

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Quakers Hill, Australia 05-28-13
    Paul Quakers Hill, Australia 05-28-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a sales rep. I spend many hours in the car often travelling to see my parents 16 hrs each way. These books are such an intergral part of travelling for me...

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    "More than a ship of the line"

    As near as can be to fact. The story could have been about Nelson himself but would not have been half as interesting or action packed.

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    james COCKEYSVILLE, MD, United States 04-04-13
    james COCKEYSVILLE, MD, United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Leftenant Bush, actually!"

    This book has always struck me as an odd one in the series; not bad at all, just odd. Told more from Bush's point of view almost, or certainly focused more on him. I suppose to get you ready for Bush as the best friend.
    I didn't like the narration quite as much on this one, as the characterizations slipped a bit between Bush and Hornblower causing a bit of confusion, but not anything to cry over.
    A solid part of the series though, and well read all in all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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