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Hornblower and the
Hornblower and the "Hotspur"
Written by: 
C.S. Forester
Narrated by: 
Patrick Macnee
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Hornblower and the

Hornblower and the "Hotspur"

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Publisher's Summary

Napoleon is about to invade England, and it falls to young Horatio Hornblower to stop him. It's 1803, and the imperial leader of France is amassing an army of ships and planning his attack. Throughout several spectacular confrontations, Hornblower proves himself to be not only a courageous and worthy opponent, but also one of the most fascinating, complex heroes of our time. Hornblower and the "Hotspur" is the third in C.S. Forester's 11-volume series about one of the Royal Navy's most daring and resourceful officers.

Cover Illustration: Douglas Smith; ©1962 by C.S. Forester, © Renewed 1990 by Dorothy E. Forester; © and (P)1999 New Star Media Inc.

What the Critics Say

"With meticulous attention to nautical detail, which no committee of old sea dogs has been able to fault, C.S. Forester has shown himself to be a master of the genre." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    George Carpenter III Indiana USA! 02-16-08
    George Carpenter III Indiana USA! 02-16-08 Listener Since 2008
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    "Hornblower and the"

    C.S. Forester's novel about life aboard a British Man of War is ledgendary. In the Hotspur, Hornblower's reputation as an aggresive, determined captain come into fine focus. He is an honorable man with a realistic sense of what can be attained if you work hard, dare greatly and are willing to pay the price. I wish the entire series was available. Patrick Macnee does a masterful job of bring this famous story to life. Highly recommended.
    George Carpenter

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 05-25-08
    Mark 05-25-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Macnee sinks Hotspur"

    I recently borrowed Mr. Midshipman Hornblower and Lieutenant Hornblower from my local library and couldn't wait to get the next book on audio, so I visited my account here. Unfortunately, the books here do not do the series justice. Macnee is a horrible narrator. Macnee's performance would lead you to believe that all characters except Hornblower are deaf and extremely stupid, including Lt. Bush and other favorites. Macnee never seems to get too far beyond his own, dull voice. Get the unabridged versions from a library or Amazon, and make sure Macnee is NOT the narrator.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon Wilkins 08-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A good story...insufferable narration"

    Downright painfully is the best way I can describe the narration of this book. Some of the worst character voices, or should I say VOICE because there was almost only obe voice used for 90% of the spoken parts.
    I did not know until listening to the story that there were six R's in the word sir. Some of the most ridiculously drawn out speech mannerisms I could imagine.
    Having said all that in the last 2 hours of the story it was a marked improvement. Throughout the entire story the narration (when the characters were not speaking) we're done quite well.
    oOverall if you're following the series you should still listen to this book, but the first two so far out shine the quality of this one that I suppose it's not so bad that it is abridged.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    palamow LUQUILLO, PR, United States 11-23-11
    palamow LUQUILLO, PR, United States 11-23-11 Member Since 2012
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    "I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook"

    As a young boy, I avidly devoured each of C.S. Forester's 'Hornblower' books as soon as they appeared -- re-connecting with Hornblower seventy years later was a joyful experience -- Patrick McNee does a masterful job creating the voices of Hornblower and all the other characters in this novel -- each chapter of Forester's book were brought vividly to life for me -- I look forward to purchasing the remaining Hornblower books in the Audible library...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Ozark, AL, USA 12-04-09
    William Ozark, AL, USA 12-04-09
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    "Excellent book, poor recording"

    Where as the book is a wonderful classic, saddly the recording has places that the recording is weak and the pitch changes. Audible should review the book and upgrade the recording.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thane 12-05-07
    Thane 12-05-07
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    "Still fresh"

    I've read all the Hornblower books when I was young. I was afraid that listening now would have been a disappointment. It wasn't. The story was still gripping and the reader was engaging. I just wish the other books were also here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leo J. Boston MA USA 04-27-16
    Leo J. Boston MA USA 04-27-16 Member Since 2012

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    "The reader is killing me...tell him not to bellow"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    the reader is not that great


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

    not as exciting.


    What didn’t you like about Patrick Macnee’s performance?

    Why does he have to act out orders? Most irritating. I'm really sick of him. boring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 01-29-16
    Thomas 01-29-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Narrator"

    Narrator reads the text like it is a child's fairy tail. It is extremely distracting. Also he has one voice for the crewmen.
    Story great but ruined by reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Akutan 01-17-16
    Akutan 01-17-16
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    "Really Disappointing"

    Of all the Horatio Hornblower book this is my favorite so I gave the story 3 stars because it is abridged. Listening, it felt more like a soap opera with all the extra background music. I wish they had the Christian Rodska version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lady Pamela New Mexico 12-22-15
    Lady Pamela New Mexico 12-22-15

    And Buffalo George

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    "Swashbuckler"

    Hornblower in his first captaincy. The plot deals with reconnaissance of the French at Brest and a delivery to Cadiz. In the beginning, he gets married...where did that come from? Read some reviews and found out that I did miss some action, despite being numerically in line--there were some intervening booklets. He spends over two years on this tour of duty--dealing with espionage, discipline, avarice, politics, bad weather, homesickness, and, once or twice, actual war. The characters seem true to form, including Lord Cornwallis as the admiral, as a historic character who was the brother of the dude who Washington whipped at Yorktown. I had out my maps of the French coast to try and follow the battle action, but couldn't locate all the spots mentioned around Brest. Add that to a very large dose of 18th century sailor talk and some parts of the read became confusing. Overall, a swashbuckler in line for the next adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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