The Admiral's face was grim as he gave Commodore Hornblower his orders. The situation was critical: mutiny was an infection that could spread through the fleet like the plague and, furthermore, the crew were threatening to go over to the French.
©1946 C.S. Forester (P)2010 AudioGO Ltd
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This book was written in 1946 and like all of C. S. Forester's books it seems to be better in audio version than written. It flows like the old fashion story telling while sitting around the fireplace. There is less sailing in this book but there is some sailing action. Most of the battles take place on land while Commodore Hornblower is the governor of an area of France. This book covers the fall of Napoleon and his return from Elba. Hornblower is made a Lord in this book and Lady Barbara joins him in France. More information about etiquette of the peerage in this book. Christian Rodska does a gread job narrating the story.
I haven't read the print edition, I have only listened to the series.
The pllot was very good. However the part where he leads the rebellion was far fetched.
Christian Rodska was perfect for this read.
Christian Rodske's narration is brilliant as always. I preferred the first part of the story, where Hornblower is sent to deal with a mutiny, to the later part where he's in France. Perhaps it's because one feels that Hornblower is at his best when on a ship.
Some novels are perfect for listening in the car. Well written, fast paced, amusing, plot-driven. When the narrator is talented a three hour drive disappears. The Hornblower series is perfect for this and this narrator is as well.
In some ways the Hornblower series is better than Patrick O???Brian???s Aubrey/Maturin series but, for me it lacks the depth of emotions displayed in the Aubrey/Maturin relationship.
I have read and loved all the Hornblower books in the past, but decided to try out the audio versions because I love a good reader. Christian Rodska is an excellent performer, and it's delightful to hear him bring out different accents and ways of speaking to reflect the different characters and it especially tickles me to hear him pulling back from the microphone so he can give a quarter deck shout when the text calls for it.
The problem I am having is most likely with the editor for this audio series. Like with Commodore Hornblower, this novel has missing text. Not an entire chapter this time, but it's kind of a huge moment in chapter 14 when (spoilers) Hornblower tells his wife the fate of Bush. I listened to the passage three times to make sure that I was correct, that the editor actually cut out so vital a piece of the text, and yes indeed he did. Barbara's after reaction, Hornblower's lame follow-ups, etc. are all there, but the line thoughtlessly blurted out right before the party is gone. I hope that someone re-edits and corrects this series at some point, Christian Rodska is too good a reader and Forester is too good a writer to be mishandled like this.
I would only recommend this book for those who have continued through all the Hornblower books, to get closure.
Hornblower's constant introspection becomes increasingly tiring and boring. The over all story line is good enough, but Horatio's mind games with himself got more and more distracting.
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