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Mr. Midshipman Hornblower | [C. S. Forester]

Mr. Midshipman Hornblower

The year is 1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Horatio Hornblower, a 17-year-old boy unschooled in seafaring and the ways of seamen, is ordered to board a French merchant ship and take command of crew and cargo for the glory of England. Though not an unqualified success, this first naval adventure teaches the young midshipman enough to launch him on a series of increasingly glorious exploits.
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Publisher's Summary

The year is 1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Horatio Hornblower, a 17-year-old boy unschooled in seafaring and the ways of seamen, is ordered to board a French merchant ship and take command of crew and cargo for the glory of England. Though not an unqualified success, this first naval adventure teaches the young midshipman enough to launch him on a series of increasingly glorious exploits. This novel—in which young Horatio gets his sea legs, proves his mettle, and shows the makings of the legend he will become—is the first of the 11 swashbuckling Hornblower tales that are today regarded as classic adventure stories of the sea.

©1950 C. S. Forester. All rights reserved. (P)2011 AudioGO

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    Cessna 03-31-13
    Cessna 03-31-13 Member Since 2012

    Aircraft Pilot and Mechanic with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Africa.

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    "A bunch of short stories all connected together."
    Where does Mr. Midshipman Hornblower rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    near the top


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr. Midshipman Hornblower?

    Returning to a Spanish prison to keep his word


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

    I don't think so. He did a good french ascent.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I want to listen to the next book!

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    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 03-20-13
    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Great start to a grand adventure"
    Would you listen to Mr. Midshipman Hornblower again? Why?

    This book is a good story. It is pretty straight forward without any big twists or turns. It is a good start for the Hornblower stories. I was a little taken by surprise at the abrupt ending, but that too was appropriate.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a good introduction of Hornblower, who, although the hero was still learning his craft. He makes plenty of mistakes along the way but in the end does a good job.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene with the fire barges was well written, very vivid.


    Who was the most memorable character of Mr. Midshipman Hornblower and why?

    Hornblower, all of the rest of the characters were simply supporting players.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a short book but well worth the listen.

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    james COCKEYSVILLE, MD, United States 03-18-13
    james COCKEYSVILLE, MD, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Solid Narration Of An Outstanding Work, Except..."

    Except when it all gets too quiet and you can't really hear it. Maybe you can if you are sitting at home in your armchair listening with headphones on, but I tend to listen in the car to and from work or on other errands. The volume of Mr Rodska is good 90% of the time, and I think it's his flair for the dramatic, which is a good thing all told, which causes this small problem.
    Every so often someone with a small voice comes in, or there is something whispered or shocking and it's hard to hear at normal volume for the rest of the piece. I get by because I've read the books already, if you haven't you may end up rewinding or palying with the volume.
    As for Hornblower? An awesome tale of high seas adventure in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Era!

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    Erika 03-18-13
    Erika 03-18-13
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    "Highly recommended"

    Ripping good yarn, beautifully acted. Rodska captures both young Hornblower's competence and his vulnerabity. Secondary characters are beautifully realized.

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    David Pittston, Pa, United States 03-18-13
    David Pittston, Pa, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "British Navy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Human side of the British Navy and it's training that developed the most famous Navy in history


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr. Midshipman Hornblower?

    Character growth of the main character fron a youth to a mature Naval Officer


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Rescue of the crew of the French privateer and his keeping his word and returning to captivity.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hornblower's pardon by the French in recognition of his effort to save the crew of the French privateer,while they were at war with England !


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    Anne Cutrell 03-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable Sea Romp"

    I love the technical language and the likeable hero. Comfort reading of the highest order.

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    Kindle Customer 03-11-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Timeless Adventure Story - Believable Hero"

    Horatio Hornblower is a officer in His Britainic Majesty's navy in the early 19th century at a time when British sea power was predominant. He is intelligent, honest, courageous, and patriotic. However, he is not a cookie-cutter hero. He is plagued by self-doubt and self consciousness.

    The author's descriptions of sailing and fighting in wooden ships gives an aura of reality to the story. The listener can imagine firing cannon, climbing rigging to set sails and fighting with sword and pistol in boarding actions.

    This is a good story with a good narrator. It is also the perfect length for a 200 mile road trip.

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    Mary VIENNA, VIRGINIA, United States 03-11-13
    Mary VIENNA, VIRGINIA, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Forester lives up to his reputation"
    What made the experience of listening to Mr. Midshipman Hornblower the most enjoyable?

    The story was not bombastic, but credibly introduced the character who would be the central figure in Forester's writing career


    What did you like best about this story?

    The development of Hornblower's personality traits


    What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

    The narrator's performance brought the story to life admirably


    Any additional comments?

    Forester's story cements his reputation as a creator of believeable and engaging tales of life at sea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer San Clemente, CA, United States 02-27-13
    Amazon Customer San Clemente, CA, United States 02-27-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A Classic. Read to Perfection."

    OMG, as we say today. This is an amazing performance of as goo a book about the sea, as exists in the English language. If you love the ocean, naval history and wonderful voice don't pass on this one.

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    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 03-02-14
    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Exciting, fast paced, well narrated"

    An absolute gem. I loved the story and was excited about continuing with the Hornblower series only to discover that not all have been narrated. Ouch. However, this should not diminish the wonderful story of young Midshipman Hornblower as he is introduced to His Majesty's Naval Service. He transitions from a young and fumbling 17 year old midshipman to a very capable and seasoned naval officer in a very short time.

    The story transitions from one major event to another to include his capture by the Spaniards and incarcerated for several years. Young Hornblower exhibits compassion, the highest ethical standards, bravery, intelligence, and maturity well beyond his years. It is a wonderful story that is appropriate for all ages. Most highly recommended.

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