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A Ship of the Line Audiobook

A Ship of the Line

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Her Majesty's ship Sutherland is a humdrum ship of the line. But in command is none other than the heroic Captain Hornblower and, with his crew from the Lydia, he looks set to take on commando raids, hurricanes at sea, and Napoleons's gun batteries.

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    Rollin Cholula, Mexico 01-16-11
    Rollin Cholula, Mexico 01-16-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful Hornblower"

    Having read all of C.S. Forester's Hornblower series as a (male) teenager and remembering the excitement it provoked in me, I listened to Ship of the Line. I was not disappointed. The detail of life and combat aboard an 18th century warship and the complexities of seamanship are vivid and satisfyingly complex. I had forgotten that Hornblower used to get seasick upon setting sail after several weeks ashore. The political infighting and maneuvering for prestige among officers of the Royal Navy is especially interesting. This audiobook is nicely read by Christian Rodska.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-02-12
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Great Story"

    Christian Rodska did an excellent job narrating the book. I had finished reading all of Patrick Brian's book on Aubrey and was looking for more 1800 sea stories. I had never read the Hornblower books but do remember the movie. This book was written in 1937 and I believe it was the first book in the Hornblower series. Forester story is so vivid I feel the sway of the deck and hear the slap of the sails. Forester created some exciting sea battle scenes along with the suspense of a storm at sea. The book closed with a cliff hanger so can hardly wait to start the next book in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Holly SAN MARCOS, CA, United States 08-22-11
    Holly SAN MARCOS, CA, United States 08-22-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Looking forward to another Hornblower book"

    At first I wasn't sure I would like this book but after the 3rd chapter I was drawn in. The narrator did an excellent job with the different characters creating an audio movie really. I recommend this book if you enjoy historical fiction with naval adventure and tiny bit of romance thrown in.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas deerfield, NH, United States 03-05-12
    Thomas deerfield, NH, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Read!"
    What did you love best about A Ship of the Line?

    A ship of the line is a wonderful book. I have read all but one of the Hornblower series of books. I will be reading the final one when I get my next credit. Any of the Hornblower series is is a great read. And Christian Rodska is a fantastic reader. He is able to invest himself to each character in the novel. His ability to read for a woman, old man or young child is fascinating. I never stop to think that this is the same person He is always able to keep in character through many lines of dialog.
    What I like about Hornblower is that he does have some faults. He is human character with many of the same insecurities as all of us. However his mental abilities put him above most of the other characters in the book. I find it enjoyable to read a book where loyalty to duty and country are rewarded. You would not be disappointed if you purchased this book, nor any of the other Hornblower series.


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    Dr. Michael D. Brunson 05-16-16 Member Since 2012
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    Wonderful story and per usual Rodska does an outstanding job as narrator. Great experience overall!

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    Jace 05-04-16
    Jace 05-04-16
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    "Christain Rodska is the best Hornblower narrator!"

    The narration is by far the best I've found for hornblower. wish I could find all the books done by him.

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    Dutton 10-26-15
    Dutton 10-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "wonderful period piece"

    While I don't like the needless brooding, it, like the incredible ending to this book, makes the hero more human and relatable as a person. I simply loved this book.

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    Shawn Hanley 04-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent all around."

    As usual, the reader, Christian Rodska, does an exceptional job capturing the various personalities of the story. You will feel present in the naval wars of the Napoleonic era. Tremendous storyline.

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    Amazon Customer Mobile, Alabama, USA 01-15-15
    Amazon Customer Mobile, Alabama, USA 01-15-15 Member Since 2012

    a REAL American

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    "Nice."

    How can. anyone not love the character of Captain Horatio Hornblower, captain of HMS Sutherland.

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    Dean 07-10-14
    Dean 07-10-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story and performance"
    If you could rename A Ship of the Line, what would you call it?

    Christian Rodska is a terrific narrator. The Horatio Hornblower stories set the standard for other similar period pieces, and few others match up as well.


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    "Cliffhanger Alert"

    Warning! If You start this book be prepared to buy "Flying Colours" as well, since the book ends with a cliffhanger that is resolved in the next book.

    Christian Rodska does an amazing job reading the Hornblower novels. This book is no exception. He really brings C S Forester's wonderful prose to life, and it is thoroughly enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • AC
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    "A cracking yarn!"

    I love these stories. They're full of excitement, danger, heroism and great characters. More, please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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