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.
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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.
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.
Very well. He is a good reader.
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.
Keep up the good work, Audible. I really enjoy the audio books.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
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.
the reader should be on a stage, as his vocal acting is a bit over the top which at times, especially in his thick and surely authentic english sailor accent, require a rewind. the stories (yes there are 2) are good but the first one (4th in chronological order) is unfinished and is summed up with Mr Forester's notes, the second story catapults you towards the final days of Hornblower and reveals his later life leaving a massive gap in the overall plot.
yes, with the above warning
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.
Dr. Jim Fox -- Former College Professor and Mental Health Therapist
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.
I love audio books! From science to fiction, business to history. Stories, novels, fairytales, descriptions, guides, explanations, etc.
This book is a "must read" for the C.F.Forester enthusiast... so i had to read it. Yes, it does end abruptly (because the author dyed before finishing), but the end of the plot is explained from Foresters notes, so one still gets the story, and even some surprises from Hornblowers life at the age of 70.
This book was written as a very late book 4, long after the many books to follow were written. For me it’s interesting to read Foresters ideas of what happened in Hornblowers life at this time.
One can easily skip this book to understand and enjoy the Hornblower series, but for the "serious collector" this is a book to read.
And Buffalo George
Gripping story, but incomplete in audio form--wish Forester had finished it before he died. Those characters who were in the story were developed enough to get the idea and the plot was surely well developed, if truncated. On to book #5.
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...
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.
a little less than some of this C.S. Forester series but it fills in some of Hornblower's life as an English Sailor.
A good title, from the Hornblower series. This volume follows on well from Lieutenant Hornblower. Well delivered again, by Christian Rodska.
"Shame it will remain unfinished!"
A couple of very good beginnings here - and well worth a listen if you have a voucher or free credit to spare - otherwise stick to the completed hornblower books and listen to this one at the end - the last 30 minutes or so tie things off
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