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Hornblower and the

Hornblower and the "Atropos"

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Publisher's Summary

"I find Hornblower admirable, vastly entertaining" - Winston Churchill

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 and boldly challenging a Spanish frigate several times her size. At the center of each adventure is Hornblower, Forester's most inspired creation, whose blend of cautious preparation and spirited execution dazzles friend and foe alike.

(P)2009 Phoenix Audio

What the Critics Say

"A rousing tale of history, character, and adventure...For once Hornblower is the mouse Instead of the cat, but he makes that role fully as dramatic as the other." (Chicago Tribune)

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    Anonymous 01-26-10
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    "The reader is spot-on"

    The reader, Nicolas Coster, really captures the feel of the time period for me with his unhurried, stately manner. (He displays an excellent range of character performance as well). I'm only disappointed that Audible does not carry other Hornblower books read by Mr. Coster.

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    Anonymous 09-22-17
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    "A terrific story!"

    How Forester was able to write as if he lived these books is amazing. The detail, the stories, the locations, all fantastic!

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    Anonymous 09-05-17
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    "Good but poor editing for volume"

    Great story but Coster's voice would become almost inaudible at times, forcing me to turn the volume up. The next sentence would be too loud, causing me to turn the volume down again. All very distracting.

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    Anonymous 08-09-17
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    "Excellent liturature"

    This a beautiful piece of fiction. The narration is wonderful. Story is exciting and makes sense. Definitely worthy download! Go ahead you have my permission.

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    Anonymous 03-13-17
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    "Another victory."

    It's Horatio Hornblower. Need I say more? This voice is not as good to the ear as the other reader, but not bad.

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    Anonymous 03-05-17
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    "very enjoyable book"

    love it enjoyed every minute of it beautiful book great story I believe it's time for another Hornblower book very interesting story

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    Anonymous 08-18-16
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    "Play at 1.25 speed"

    Nicolas Coster reads much too slow. Playing at faster speed makes it better. GREAT STORY.

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    Anonymous 07-02-16
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    "Bad narration"

    Impossible to finish, had to buy it again with another narrator. Steer clear of this edition.

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    Anonymous 04-13-16
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    "Great book, sleepy narration."

    Coster was slow and monotonous. I love these books but was quite literally put to sleep on occasion by his soft, slow speech.

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    Anonymous 04-01-16
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    "Spectacular source material, terrible narration"
    Would you try another book from C. S. Forester and/or Nicolas Coster?

    Forester - yes, Coster - no


    What did you like best about this story?

    Forester is a master at sucking you into his world. This entire series of novels is pure gold.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nicolas Coster?

    Christian Rodska did an awesome job with all of the other books in this series.


    Was Hornblower and the "Atropos" worth the listening time?

    nope - I quit and just read the book the old fashioned way.


    Any additional comments?

    Please get Christian Rodska to do this one!

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