Horatio Hornblower (chronological order)
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  • 1

    Mr. Midshipman Hornblower

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Emrys says: "Superb narration of a great story"
    Superb narration of a great story

    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 »

    Reviewed on January 20 2012 by Emrys (Alfred, NY, United States)
  • 2

    Lieutenant Hornblower

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    The nineteenth century dawns and the Napoleonic Wars rage as Horatio Hornblower faces the fury of the French and Spanish fleets combined. Amidst the hissing of wet wads, the stifling heat of white-hot cannon shot and the clamour of a mutinous crew, new Lieutenant Hornblower will need all of his seafaring cunning to overcome his first challenge in independent command on the high seas.

    Jean says: "Hornblower off to the Caribbean"
    Hornblower off to the Caribbean

    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 »

    Reviewed on March 05 2013 by Jean (Santa Cruz, CA, United States)
  • 3

    Hornblower and the Hotspur

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    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.

    John S says: "Good narration but series limited in availability"
    Good narration but series limited in availability

    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 »

    Reviewed on March 06 2014 by John S (MA)
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    Hornblower and the Hotspur

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By C.S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    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. This is the third of eleven books chronicling the adventures of C. S. Forester’s inimitable nautical hero, Horatio Hornblower.

    Paul says: "Excellent continuation of the story"
    Excellent continuation of the story

    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 »

    Reviewed on June 12 2013 by Paul (Quakers Hill, Australia)
  • 4

    Hornblower and the Crisis

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    The final Horatio Hornblower story tells of Napoleon’s plans to invade England. Set in 1805, Hornblower and the Crisis finds Horatio Hornblower in possession of confidential dispatches from Bonaparte after a vicious hand-to-hand encounter with a French brig. The admiralty rewards Hornblower by sending him on a dangerous espionage mission that will light the powder trail leading to the battle of Trafalgar.

    Jean says: "Forester's last book"
    Forester's last book

    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 »

    Reviewed on July 09 2013 by Jean (Santa Cruz, CA, United States)
  • 5

    Hornblower and the "Atropos"

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Nicolas Coster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Story
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    In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters

    Edward C. Charbonnet says: "Great fun and adventure in 1806"
    Great fun and adventure in 1806

    The author makes you feel like you now understand more what life was like in the early 1800's. And the reader does an excellent job with the various ..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 31 2009 by Edward C. Charbonnet (Memphis, TN)
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    Hornblower and the Atropos

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By C.S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    After near disaster on board a canal barge, Horatio Hornblower is given his first assignment as captain, taking charge of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop that will act as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon the Atropos is part of the Mediterranean fleet’s assault upon Napoleon, and Captain Hornblower must execute a bold and daring salvage operation for buried treasure lying deep in Turkish waters.

    Paul says: "The First Command"
    The First Command

    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 »

    Reviewed on June 12 2013 by Paul (Quakers Hill, Australia)
  • 6

    The Happy Return

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    (167)
    Story
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    Horatio Hornblower sails South American waters and comes face to face with a mad revolutionary in a novel that ripples with risk and gripping adventure. Throughout his escapades, Forester's hero remains resourceful and courageous.

    Carol says: "AKA "Beat to Quarters""
    AKA "Beat to Quarters"

    "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 »

    Reviewed on November 29 2010 by Carol (Massachusetts)
  • 7

    A Ship of the Line

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    Her Majesty's ship Sutherland is a humdrum ship of the line. But in command is none other than the heroic Captain Hornblower and, with his crew from the Lydia, he looks set to take on commando raids, hurricanes at sea, and Napoleons's gun batteries.

    Rollin says: "Wonderful Hornblower"
    Wonderful Hornblower

    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 »

    Reviewed on January 16 2011 by Rollin (Cholula, Mexico)
  • 8

    Flying Colours

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    Hornblower becomes a national hero when he escapes a French firing squad. But the 'Terror of the Mediterranean' becomes Europe's most wanted man, forced to fight alone for England - and liberty.

    Jean says: "Flying Colours"
    Flying Colours

    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 »

    Reviewed on July 04 2011 by Jean (Santa Cruz, CA, United States)
  • 9

    The Commodore

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    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.

    KATHRYN says: "Missing last chapter"
    Missing last chapter

    Christian Rodska does a fine job speaking this book but the last chapter is missing.

    Reviewed on October 25 2010 by KATHRYN (Irving, TX, United States)
  • 10

    Lord Hornblower

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    Story
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    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.

    Jean says: "Old fashion story telling"
    Old fashion story telling

    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 »

    Reviewed on September 27 2012 by Jean (Santa Cruz, CA, United States)
  • 11

    Hornblower in the West Indies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    Performance
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    To be Commander-in-Chief of the West Indies, with nothing more to worry about than the suppression of the slave trade, the hunting down of piracy and the policing of the Caribbean, was pure joy to Rear Admiral Lord Hornblower.

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