C. S. Forester
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C. S. Forester

C. S. Forester (1899-1966) wrote several novels with military and naval themes, including The African Queen, The Barbary Pirates, The General, The Good Shepherd, The Gun, The Last Nine Days of the "Bismarck," and Rifleman Dodd. But Forester is best known as the creator of Horatio Hornblower, a British naval genius of the Napoleonic era, whose exploits and adventures on the high seas Forester chronicled in a series of eleven acclaimed historical novels. Over the years Hornblower has proved to be one of the most beloved and enduring fictional heroes in English literature, his popularity rivaled only by Sherlock Holmes.

Born Cecil Louis Troughton Smith in Cairo, Egypt, Forester grew up in London. At the start of World War II he traveled on behalf of the British government to America, where he produced propaganda encouraging the United States to remain on Britain's side. After the War, Forester remained in America and made Berkeley, California, his home.

The character of Horatio Hornblower was born after Forester was called to Hollywood to write a pirate film. While the script was being drafted, another studio released Captain Blood, starring Errol Flynn, based on the same historical incidents about which Forester was writing. Rather than seek another movie project, and to avoid an impending paternity suit, Forester jumped aboard a freighter bound for England. By the end of the voyage he had outlined Beat to the Quarters, which introduced the now legendary character Hornblower, Bush, and Lady Barbara.

Forester died in 1966 while working on Hornblower During the Crisis.

Back Bay's editions of the Hornblower novels are numbered according to the chronology of Hornblower's life and career, not according to the sequence in which they were written. The series is comprised of the following titles:


Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
Lieutenant Hornblower
Hornblower and the Hotspur
Hornblower During the Crisis
Hornblower and the Atropos
Beat to Quarters
Ship of the Line
Flying Colours
Commodore Hornblower
Lord Hornblower
Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies

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    • Mr Midshipman Hornblower

    • By: C. S. Forester
    • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
    • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 704
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 648
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 637

    Shaking off this label, a shy and lonely 17-year-old, Horatio Hornblower, embarks on a memorable career in Nelson's navy on HMS Justinian....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Narration brings classic to life

    • By Wombat on 01-26-15

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Lieutenant Hornblower

    • By: C. S. Forester
    • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
    • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 979
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 889
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 877

    Having now paid his dues as midshipman, Horatio Hornblower returns as a newly promoted Lieutenant, in the second instalment of C.S. Forester's beloved naval series....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Hornblower off to the Caribbean

    • By Jean on 03-05-13

    Regular price: $19.71

    • Hornblower and the "Hotspur"

    • The Third Horatio Hornblower Tale of the Sea
    • By: C. S. Forester
    • Narrated by: Nicolas Coster
    • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 148
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 147

    Napoleon is about to invade England, and it falls to young Horatio Hornblower to stop him....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Do not buy this one

    • By caddisfly on 07-01-18

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Hornblower and the Crisis

    • By: C. S. Forester
    • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
    • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 434
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 388
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 384

    In this, the final Horatio Hornblower adventure, C.S. Forester throws his hero into one of the most challenging missions yet....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not a complete Book

    • By Michael on 12-09-12

    Regular price: $13.10

    • Hornblower and the "Atropos"

    • By: C. S. Forester
    • Narrated by: Nicolas Coster
    • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 666
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 560
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 552

    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....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great book. Poor narrator.

    • By John on 06-02-11

    Regular price: $23.77

    • Flying Colours

    • By: C. S. Forester
    • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
    • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 674
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 574
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 569

    Hornblower becomes a national hero when he escapes a French firing squad. But the 'Terror of the Mediterranean' becomes Europe's most wanted man....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Flying Colours

    • By Jean on 07-04-11

    Regular price: $17.05

    • Lord Hornblower

    • By: C. S. Forester
    • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 463
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 403
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 396

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic

    • By Michael on 12-09-11

    Regular price: $18.33

    • The Happy Return

    • By: C. S. Forester
    • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 740
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 631
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 640

    Horatio Hornblower sails South American waters and comes face to face with a mad revolutionary....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • AKA "Beat to Quarters"

    • By Carol on 11-29-10

    Regular price: $17.05

    • A Ship of the Line

    • By: C. S. Forester
    • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 770
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 654
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 655

    Her Majesty's ship Sutherland is a humdrum ship of the line. But in command is none other than the heroic Captain Hornblower....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful Hornblower

    • By Rollin on 01-16-11

    Regular price: $18.33

    • The African Queen

    • By: C. S. Forester
    • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146

    Upon her brother's death missionary Rose Sayer and Charles Allnutt, disreputable skipper of the African Queen, become allies as, marooned in German Central Africa during WWI....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Thoroughly enjoyable, almost.

    • By Lynne on 07-31-15

    Regular price: $15.17

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