Hornblower becomes a national hero when he escapes a French firing squad. But the 'Terror of the Mediterranean' becomes Europe's most wanted man, forced to fight alone for England - and liberty.
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I am an avid eclectic reader.
I have almost finished the Patrick O'Brian series of Capt Aubrey and was looking for something similar in the Audible library when I came across C.S. Forester. I remember the movies about Hornblower but realised I had never read the books. This was most enjoyable story, Hornblower is captured by the French and is on way to Paris to be executed when he escapes. Lots of suspense and information on the French and English navies. Christian Rodska does a good job narrating the story. Looking forward to reading all of this series.
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...
This is not in the usual ripping yarn style.. It is a good drama but more of a character study of Hornblower. The story is much slower paced than normal and the whole story revolves around his escape through and out of France. The reader is taken on as much a ride through his emotions, weaknesses and uncertainty as we are a flight to freedom but it is very well written and a must read if you are to maintain both the story and the man himself. However I would not reccomend as a one of sample book to read unless you are a school teacher looking for an excellent book for students to do a case study of a character which would hold the interest for either gender.
If you are a fan of naval action in the Age of Sail, C.S. Forester's Flying Colours will not disappoint. If you are familiar with the Hornblower series, you will see Horatio's character flaws manifested in action rather than imagined. You will be captured from the opening lines
to the last, a large part due to the engaging performance of the reader.
I've loved the Hornblower series up until now. I will continue "reading" them assuming he will get back to the sea in the next. This chapter takes place almost entirely on land and only consists of a single action on the sea (other than one observed by Hornblower from shore). He spends quite a lot of this book complaining about being comfortable, and then complaining about being rich and successful. If you're looking for action among the fleet I suggest skipping this one.
not a single book has let me down in the series. I can't wait to peel into the next and then into the next after that. great writing and great narration what a great story.
And Buffalo George
Captured Hornblower languishes in a French prison, escapes and returns to England. The three main characters show skill, determination and courage. The plot holds together nicely as each thread succeeds the previous one. On many occasions, we see inside the leader as he momentarily questions himself...not very leader-like...but, maybe, true. Where's the next Hornblower book?
I love all of the books, and Christian Rodska's performances are uniformly superb, but this is the most exciting book. If you're not working through the series (and you really should), then listen to this one if you listen to no other.
Have been listening to the Hornblower novels in chronological order. The plot of this one is particularly good - even includes a Huck Finn adventure down a river! Rodska does a fabulous job with the characters (Bush and Brown) and the various French accents. Looking forward to the next book!
Found this one pretty boring compared to others in the Hornblower series. Narration good as always.
"listened to it in a day!"
I would certainly recommend the entire series to a friend as it it brilliantly done and a wonderful character study of a naval officer.
Horn blower himself, as a character. His continual nagging doubts and second guessing of his own motives.
I enjoyed very much his escape from captivity and subsequent time in France.
The reluctant hero
Hugely enjoyed the whole series and sad that this is the penultimate book.
"a triumph of English literature "
C, S Forester excels himself yet again
a modern masterpiece set in a historic time
Probably my favourite in the series. The character of Hornblower is so well developed and in this novel you get to see all sides of it.
"Our Hero Horatio"
Following on from Hornblower's imminent demise, I couldn't wait to see what happened.
This book was brilliant, I love the way that Forrester tells his story about his floored hero. Floored only by his own low self esteem. Only Hornblower could dislike himself so much for nearly sinking 3 French ships before surrendering to save his men, escaping from the French, being saved by a French noble, stealing back British ship and sailing it out of French waters. The story is so well written I almost believe every word. Great stuff
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