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Flying Colours Audiobook

Flying Colours

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1938 C.S. Forester (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 07-04-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 07-04-11 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Flying Colours"

    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.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Quakers Hill, Australia 06-29-13
    Paul Quakers Hill, Australia 06-29-13

    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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    "The Character study"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Hanley 06-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great performance"

    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.

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    James 07-16-16
    James 07-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Another great tale"

    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.

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    Lady Pamela New Mexico 06-24-16
    Lady Pamela New Mexico 06-24-16

    And Buffalo George

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    "Synchronized Plot"

    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?

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    Smytheville Tennessee 10-03-13
    Smytheville Tennessee 10-03-13 Member Since 2008
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    "The best of the Hornblower books!"

    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.

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    Nathan Kennett Square, PA, United States 01-06-14
    Nathan Kennett Square, PA, United States 01-06-14
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    "Best one so far"

    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!

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  • Anonymous
    8/19/16
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    "Boring"

    Found this one pretty boring compared to others in the Hornblower series. Narration good as always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike in Oman
    Muscat, Oman
    7/26/16
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    "listened to it in a day!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would certainly recommend the entire series to a friend as it it brilliantly done and a wonderful character study of a naval officer.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Horn blower himself, as a character. His continual nagging doubts and second guessing of his own motives.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoyed very much his escape from captivity and subsequent time in France.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The reluctant hero


    Any additional comments?

    Hugely enjoyed the whole series and sad that this is the penultimate book.

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  • Lorna J.
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    "a triumph of English literature "

    C, S Forester excels himself yet again
    a modern masterpiece set in a historic time

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  • Mr Ian R Hames
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    "Gripping adventure"

    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.

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  • Amazon Customer
    9/25/15
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    "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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