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A Ship of the Line | [C. S. Forester]

A Ship of the Line

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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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 2006
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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 2010

    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 2011
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael GILBERT, AZ, United States 07-09-12
    Michael GILBERT, AZ, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2007
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    "ends in the middle of a battle"

    Why buy a book and listen for 8 hours plus and end in the middle of a battle. what a waste of time. Why buy another book to find out the ending

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dean 07-10-14
    Dean 07-10-14 Member Since 2012
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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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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 05-04-13
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 05-04-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story and lots of action"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Ship of the Line to be better than the print version?

    Sorry I can only listen to the books due to work requirements


    What other book might you compare A Ship of the Line to and why?

    Liked all the books so far Mr Forester ends his books kind of sudden It makes me rush to the next one to find out how the action ends A great trick of the author


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rodska – was your favorite?

    Liked them all Mr Bush was good as were all the others,he does a great job


    If you could rename A Ship of the Line, what would you call it?

    A Battle for the ship of the line


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to the next one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Athens, AL, USA 01-30-13
    Michael Athens, AL, USA 01-30-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Another Good Listen"
    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps not as captivating as Forester's previous book, but still a good and interesting listen. Christian Rodska did a great job with the reading, which helped to keep the few dull parts interesting. I found the whole experience enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Halifax, NS, Canada 12-26-12
    Peter Halifax, NS, Canada 12-26-12
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    "Excellent Reading"
    Where does A Ship of the Line rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    high


    What other book might you compare A Ship of the Line to and why?

    All O'Brian and Forester books I have read are of significant quality well worth the purshase.


    What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

    Even good intonation


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    Harold San Mateo, CA, United States 12-11-12
    Harold San Mateo, CA, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Always a joy to listen to a Hornblower book"
    What did you love best about A Ship of the Line?

    The narrator has a droll, amusing delivery, which took a short time to get used to, having become used to Patrick Tull reading the Aubrey/Maturin series. Once I accepted this guy's voice, though, the Hornblower books quickly became favorites. They are worthy of multiple listens.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Ship of the Line?

    Hornblower's continual rise amid doubts and self recrimination.


    What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

    His wry delivery of the voices.


    If you could take any character from A Ship of the Line out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Leftenant Bush. I am to similar to Hornblower to enjoy his company, but I could get along with Bush for the same reasons the hero does.


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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.

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