April 1803, and the Peace of Amiens is failing as Horatio Hornblower takes a three-master on a vital reconnaissance mission…. On the day of his marriage to Maria, Hornblower is ordered to take the Hotspur and head for Brest - war is coming and Napoleon will not catch His Majesty’s Navy with its britches round its ankles. With thoughts of his new life as a husband intruding on his duties, Hornblower must prove himself to be not only the most capable commander in the fleet, but also its most daring if he is to stop the French gaining the upper hand.
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The narrator, Christian Rodska, is quite superb. It's hard to imagine anyone bettering his performances. I was not quite as keen on this novel as I was on Mr Midshipman Honblower and Lieutenant Hornblower. But it's still very good indeed. The relationship between Hornblower and Bush is central, and handled with subtlety. Forester is excellent at dreaming up crises and problems for Hornblower to have to deal with, and at geting inside the self-doubting individual who lurks behind the unflappable exterior.
The inner conflict of his duty and his personal life with a mind that often works overtime
Hornblower of course the other characters are interesting also
Mr Rodska is a professional reader that does justice to each of his characters a fine job
I liked them all Lt Burns was good so was his wife as the admiral liked all of them
Look forward to reading the next one but in this case that is # past the next in the series
Christian Rodska has the perfect voice for the Hornblower saga. He really makes you feel like you're there. While this story starts off slow (it starts on land and for some reason Forester is always at his weakest when the characters are off ship).
Hornblower is finally truly in command.
The characterization Rodska brings to each voice and character is excellent, as is his accent, which works great for these stories.
Jack Aubrey is a more believable character.
Hornblower is a pale foreshadowing of the lusty, commanding, confident commander in Patrick Moore's series.
Hornblower as a Master and Commander is introspective and virginal. He's just not compelling.
Lt. Bush takes the place of Dr. Maturin as Hornblower's foil. He's a more convincing character than Hornblower.
The story itself revolves around the usual naval daring-do. The episode of the capture of the semaphore is an example of the bloodlessness and just too much convenient genius of Hornblower.
I'll probably stay with the series for a while, depending on how tired I get of Hornblower's saccharine personality.
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