The newly promoted Commodore returns to the scene of his first naval action - the Baltic. In a gripping adventure in the northern waters, Hornblower must use all his skill and experience to prevent a catastrophic war.
©1945 C.S. Forester (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
"Christian Rodska recounts this naval war adventure with the gusto of Commodore Hornblower as he travels the seas. Hornblower assumes command of a ship undertaking voyages rivaling those of Napoleon and his army of adversaries. We hear the compassion, wit, and intelligence with which Hornblower commands his ship. The politics of the times, the responsibilities of leadership, and the trials of serving at sea in a century gone by are captured in this narrative depiction of British naval life." (AudioFile)
Don't believe the other reviewers who talk about the last chapter being missing. I bought this audiobook in March 2015 and all the chapters are present. The last words in both the audiobook and the printed edition is at the end of chapter XXIII: "What the devil was Brown doing, staring at him like this?" Perhaps the last chapter was missing in a previous edition of this audiobook. If so, the problem has since been corrected. I almost didn't buy the book based on their comments.
Christian Rodska narrates all the Hornblower books he's done brilliantly. This story is pretty good, although the section where Hornblower is in France seemed a bit stretched out. One reviewer says the last chapter is missing. Certainly the book ends very abruptly.
Narrated superbly, you can just about hear the wind in the rigging. It is well worth listening to them in chronological order - start at the very beginning, with Mr Midshipman Hornblower. You won't regret it - I find the series totally addictive.
I love all of the Hornblower books, and this one had an accomplished performance. However, as noted by reviewer Kathryn below, the last chapter is missing. After I saw Kathryn's comment, I confirmed it by checking the printed book in the library. I don't understand why Audible doesn't correct or explain this. It's still worth listening to, but find a printed copy and spend an extra 5 minutes to finish the story.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Christian Rodska does an outstanding job narrating this series. This is book 9 in the series. Hornblower is now a Commodore and sent off in command of the Baltic fleet. All the other books have taken place in the mediterranean so this is a nice change of place. Napoleon has taken, Denmark, Norway, German. During the story he attack Sweden and Russia as well as Latvia. The battle is the book is the battle of Riga. This book is so different with the Swedish, and Finish (taken by Russia) politics and the scenes from St Petersburg and Hornblower meeting the Czar. C.S. Forester writes a great story and provides a great deal of history with his story. If you love the Napoleon era sea story you will enjoy this story.
We used this book on a long routine road trip and it made the miles pass faster. The voice and accent of the narrator was enjoyable. The writing is interesting and has many surprises in the use of words. The inner thoughts of the Commodore as he navigates through a new rank and new battles holds interest.
This audio book had the ability to make me laugh out loud in places. It was interesting in its insights into battle plans and use of the ship's weapons.
The writing isn't gory and bloody like lots of adventure sagas. It employs action with an easy sense of being there.
This is a very enjoyable audio book in every respect.
And Buffalo George
Hornblower is called to duty in the Baltic during the summer of 1812 to keep an eye on their French enemies and woo the Russians. Adventures abound. A turning point in his life, mature with far reaching duties, he's successful in the mission. This book is more about the political than the running of the ship; an appropriate place and time for him to be. The battles are necessary, but a little tedious...especially the ones fought on the ground. Yes, Horatio finds himself aground for a significant portion of this story. Characters are more about the Russians than the ship's company, including some famous persons in history. as the reader imagines interactions between the fictional RN Commodore and the Tsar, Clauswicz, and others.
a REAL American
It deserves 5 stars but Audible does not see fit to include the final chapter. A continuous flaw in this Hornblower series.
"Complete and Enjoyable"
Once again Christian Rodska does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life and reading the story very well. I am also glad to report that the "missing chapter 23" has been fixed and the story is complete.
I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, and have enjoyed the series immensely thus far.
"Last chapter is missing from the audio book"
Luckily the last chapter is more an epilogue than the climax of the book, but even so to be missing the last chapter is a pretty disappointing error in an audio book.
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