After listening to this I immediately downloaded Lieutenant Hornblower. I mainly listen to audiobooks when exercising at the gym. I find exercise bo..Show More »ring, and am always looking for books that will hold my attention. I think the Hornblower novels read by Christian Rodska may be my best find yet. Forester is, of corse, a wonderful storyteller. The novels aren't especially profound; but they're not shallow. Characterization is excellent, and the gritty historical detail throws you into the world of the British navy circa 1800. The narration is simply superb. The voices fit the characters perfectly. The only thing I can imagine some people not liking about the book is the heavy use of nautical jargon--but personally, I enjoy that too, even if I don't always fully understand what it means.
This book was written in 1952 and is different from the prior books in that the story is told from the view point of Lt William Bush rather than from ..Show More »Hornblower's. The story begins with Lt Bush coming aboard the ship as a new officer and is meet greeted aboard by Lt Hornblower. There are determining which Lieutenant is senior by date of rank when Captain Sawyer comes aboard and accuses Bush of deliberately boarding the ship ahead of him. Turns out that Hornblower is the most junior (5) Lt and Bush is the number 3. So begins a voyage to the Caribbean with a paranoid schizophrenic Captain. The trip shows what power of life and death the Captains had in those days. There is lots of action both ship and land fighting as well as seaman skills. The book also goes to demonstrate what leadership skills and ability are needed to lead men. Christian Rodska does a great job narrating the book. This is a great story and has a bit more meat to the story than prior ones. Looking forward to reading the next in line.
I am a big fan of this genre, and have listened to many different authors. C.S Forester is perhaps the best know, but there are also the Dewey Lambdin..Show More » series which is also good, Peter Simple, and the Mater and Commander Series. I would rate C.S Forester as among the better, but slightly more serious than the others. For more fun and spice I like Dewey Lambdin. This is book 3 (can't purchase book #2), and is a good sequel to book #1, Midshipman Hornblower. The problem with this series is that many are not available in Audio format, so if you start listening, you will soon have to transition over to written word.
A comfortable passage of the early years in Hornblowers life. Plenty of action and a good backstory to boot. Brings home the hardship of service in a ..Show More »HM Ship during the many years of War with both the French and Spanish Navies
C. S. Forester died while writing this book. The book comes to a sudden end but there is an author note of his outline of the end of the book. There..Show More » is two short stories at end of book one of a young Lt Hornblower, the other as an Admiral. Unlike other publisher this one chose not too hire a ghost writer to finish the book, we the reader can use our imaginations. I have been going through the series and am sad to see it end. Forester was a good writer and I love sea stores of the late 1790 early 1800s. This book takes place in 1805 with Napoleon planning to invade England, Hornblower, of course, will try to stop this. Christian Rodska has done a great job with the narration of the series.
All of the Hornblower books are excellent and this one is no exception. Forrester is a master of his craft and his detailed knowledge of how the Briti..Show More »sh navy worked and how ships were sailed make the action believable and convincing.
Unfortunately this audio book is spoiled for me by the narrator who has a slow and mournful delivery that sounds like a vicar on Valium preaching a long and boring sermon.
The other books in this series are read by Christian Rodska who does a much better job.
Hornblower and his own command continues to grow in character. Not as fast paced as some of the other books but with some unusual story lines. This bo..Show More »ok is a little slow and drawn out in the early section but pays good attention to the traditions and protocols of the RN. The story does pick up as Hornblower is sent into service and builds to a climax expected of a Hornblower story.
"The Happy Return," also known as "Beat to Quarters," is the first-published (1937) adventure of Captain Horatio Hornblower, RN. It was followed in 19..Show More »38 by "Ship of the Line" and "Flying Colours." Later books, published after WWII, went backward to cover Hornblower's early career, and forward to his rise to admiral and the peerage. "Midshipman Hornblower," chronologically the first story, was published in 1950.
Having listened to all the Aubrey/Maturin books and feeling bummed that there were no more left to hear, I decided to try this book, since I knew it sailed similar seas (British navy during the Napoleonic Wars). This first Hornblower adventure does not disappoint. The distant, all-powerful captain with extraordinary navigational skills and an almost uncanny connection to his ship (there's a reason ships are thought of as female), sailing under sealed orders to a dangerous assignment in a faraway and exotic (in this case the Pacific coasts of Nicaragua and Panama) locale; encounters with the enemy won sometimes by guile, sometimes by superior seamanship, and always by sheer guts; unimaginable pain and privation, encounters with stunning cruelty--it's all here, guys and gals! There's even a shipboard romance.
What is not here, unfortunately for his fans, is any character even remotely resembling Stephen Maturin. As it is, Hornblower is limited largely to conversations with himself, we don"t get to see the Central American volcanoes through Stephen's naturalist eyes, or get his spy's-eye view of the intrigue. This "criticism" is unfair to Forester, however, and shouldn't deter anyone from enjoying these earlier books, which undoubtedly influenced O'Brian.
I have enjoyed both Simon Vance's and Patrick Tull's approaches to narration of the O'Brian books. Christian Rodska never gets as ponderous as Tull or as exuberant as Vance, but reads with clarity and energy. I particularly enjoyed his Spanish accents. All in all, this one's worth the listen.
Having read all of C.S. Forester's Hornblower series as a (male) teenager and remembering the excitement it provoked in me, I listened to Ship of the ..Show More »Line. I was not disappointed. The detail of life and combat aboard an 18th century warship and the complexities of seamanship are vivid and satisfyingly complex. I had forgotten that Hornblower used to get seasick upon setting sail after several weeks ashore. The political infighting and maneuvering for prestige among officers of the Royal Navy is especially interesting. This audiobook is nicely read by Christian Rodska.
I have almost finished the Patrick O'Brian series of Capt Aubrey and was looking for something similar in the Audible library when I came across C.S. ..Show More »Forester. I remember the movies about Hornblower but realised I had never read the books. This was most enjoyable story, Hornblower is captured by the French and is on way to Paris to be executed when he escapes. Lots of suspense and information on the French and English navies. Christian Rodska does a good job narrating the story. Looking forward to reading all of this series.
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 fashi..Show More »on 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 remember discovering C.S. Forester in my school library in high school, with "Flying Colors" and "The Commodore" -- he opened up a whole new world o..Show More »f adventure to me. I could not find more at the time, and then discovered Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels, and I've only recently returned to my old friend Hornblower. It's been a delight to discover how truly brilliant a storyteller Forester is.
Christian Rodska does a magnificent job with the narration, as always. Here, we have an array of memorable voices for governors (Spanish and English), sailors of all descriptions, and even an unfortunate marine musician....