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Hornblower and the Crisis | [C. S. Forester]

Hornblower and the Crisis

The final Horatio Hornblower story tells of Napoleon’s plans to invade England. Set in 1805, Hornblower and the Crisis finds Horatio Hornblower in possession of confidential dispatches from Bonaparte after a vicious hand-to-hand encounter with a French brig. The admiralty rewards Hornblower by sending him on a dangerous espionage mission that will light the powder trail leading to the battle of Trafalgar.
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The final Horatio Hornblower story tells of Napoleon’s plans to invade England.

Set in 1805, Hornblower and the Crisis finds Horatio Hornblower in possession of confidential dispatches from Bonaparte after a vicious hand-to-hand encounter with a French brig. The admiralty rewards Hornblower by sending him on a dangerous espionage mission that will light the powder trail leading to the battle of Trafalgar.

Hornblower and the Crisis was unfinished at the time of Forester’s death, but the author left notes telling us how the tale would end.

©1967 C.S. Forester (P)2010 AudioGO Ltd

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 07-09-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 07-09-13

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Forester's last book"

    C. S. Forester died while writing this book. The book comes to a sudden end but there is an author note of his outline of the end of the book. There is two short stories at end of book one of a young Lt Hornblower, the other as an Admiral. Unlike other publisher this one chose not too hire a ghost writer to finish the book, we the reader can use our imaginations. I have been going through the series and am sad to see it end. Forester was a good writer and I love sea stores of the late 1790 early 1800s. This book takes place in 1805 with Napoleon planning to invade England, Hornblower, of course, will try to stop this. Christian Rodska has done a great job with the narration of the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Athens, AL, USA 12-09-12
    Michael Athens, AL, USA 12-09-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Not a complete Book"
    Any additional comments?

    Come to find out, this was the last book written in the series, even though it is number 4 in sequence of action. The author died while writing it. I had a great story line, and was interesting until its very abrupt end in the middle of the plot. Frustrating.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Ann Wandell 05-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Adds little to the Hornblower saga"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    As I am re-reading (listening) to the Hornblower saga and this title came up, I gave it a try. I'd never seen the title before. This vignette was assembled after Forester's death from his notes and I thought added little or nothing to the saga.


    If you’ve listened to books by C. S. Forester before, how does this one compare?

    Poorly.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rodska’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Very well. He is a good reader.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not. The translation of Forester to the screen (big and small) has never been done to my satisfaction. The BBC effort was enjoyable, but the screen writers took far to many liberties with Forester's work for my taste. I have been a Forester fan for many decades. There was no need to alter his plots. As for the Gregory Peck B&W, it was horrible.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep up the good work, Audible. I really enjoy the audio books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DocJim Low Prices,Great Service - Please Keep it that way! 12-19-13
    DocJim Low Prices,Great Service - Please Keep it that way! 12-19-13 Member Since 2011

    Dr. Jim Fox -- Former College Professor and Mental Health Therapist

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    "Not Sure This Shouldn't be a Footnote ..."

    The bulk of this 4 hour story fits in the chronology. But about the last third plus is compilation of notes, and a short story by C. S. Forester. It helps fill in some gaps, but is not a book or a even a short story but, a story, some notes and a short story.

    If you are a great fan of Hornblower as I am, you must listen to this "ensemble". But it will not stand on its own as a chapter of our hero.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Quakers Hill, Australia 06-12-13
    Paul Quakers Hill, Australia 06-12-13 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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    "Fast paced, Excellent story and very well read"

    The Reader- Christian Rodska is the star of this book. Very well read with great pace and excitement. This is probably a favourite so far (reading in chronological order of Hornblowers career). Very believable story with neat twists that tie this story to the real history of the day. Forester does a fantastic job of keeping this work of fiction in tune with historic events. So much so it is easy to believe (almost understand) how the fictional Hornblower influenced the histroy of the RN and the battle of Trafalger.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada 08-16-13
    Andrea Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada 08-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Exciting, but over priced."

    Christian Rodska beautifully narrates another Hornblower, but as the story is incomplete (due to Forester's death) and only running about three hours long, $11.50 feels a bit over priced. Adding a short story about Hornblower as a signal Lieutenant on the Renown hardly takes away the sting. Worth it for a die hard Hornblower fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Clermont, FL, United States 01-09-12
    Amazon Customer Clermont, FL, United States 01-09-12
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    "Captivating. great writing."
    Where does Hornblower and the Crisis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    a little less than some of this C.S. Forester series but it fills in some of Hornblower's life as an English Sailor.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


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