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Publisher's Summary

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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.

In this new adventure, Hornblower is overjoyed to discover his next task is to serve aboard the mighty HMS Renown. After witnessing some unsettling scenes however, he soon finds himself struggling to serve under the captain, James Sawyer, whose unsound mind leads him to treat his crew with extreme suspicion and contempt.

As talk of mutiny is abound, the tension rises and Hornblower is forced to make impossible decisions in an effort to unite the crew and avert further disaster by defeating the Spanish.

Introducing a much-desired element of romance to the series, Horatio encounters the beautiful and seductive Maria, who sends him on an altogether different but equally enticing escapade.

Hailed by the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Sir Winston Churchill for being 'admirable and vastly entertaining,' C.S. Forester became a hugely influential 20th Century author.

Born in Cairo, raised in London and buried in California, the metropolitan writer experienced huge success with his Horatio Hornblower series as well as with his later works, The African Queen and The Good Shepherd.

His literary genius is perfectly encapsulated within this endlessly entertaining narrative, and his heroic protagonist draws us in to another titillating journey through the Napoleonic wars.

Narrator Biography

Christian Rodska is an English television and voice actor best known for his role in the 1970's series Follyfoot.

From the The Monuments Men and The Eagle of the Ninth to The Likely Lads, Z Cars, The Tomorrow People, Coronation Street, Bergerac and Casualty, his extensive and diverse acting career has led him to become a highly solicited radio and audiobook narrator.

He has now voiced over 150 unabridged audiobooks including Winston Churchill's biographies, Evelyn Waugh's Men at Arms and Sebastian Faulks' A Possible Life. He has been praised for his ability to vary in vocal pace and style and as such, Christian boasts 12 Earphone Awards from Audiofile Magazine.

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Hard life on the high seas

Christian Rodska is able to bring this fantastic story to life. Lieutenant Hornblower shares the highs and the lows in the Age of Sail in C. S. Foresters beautiful style. Christian Rodska fills the characters with life and makes the story a new reality.

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Love this book!!

It's one of the stories that you love the characters and want to meet them in person. Adventure and character!

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Fair Romp on the High Seas

The critics were right: this selection was written from another perspective and not in Hornblower's character and voice. I still loved it although it was a bit different.than what I anticipated. The narrator was excellent as before and he made it highly entertaining.

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Rodska

The reader, Christian Rodska, is extraordinary, and brings life to the characters and story. You will feel as if you are living among the British Naval officers and crew of the Napoleonic wars.

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A delightful sea novel!

A splendid book. The characters Hornblower and Bush come alive with Christian Rodska's narration. The plot kept me engaged all through.

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Well done Lieutenant Hornblower!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! It's already shaping up to be a great series!

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the way Hornblower triumphed on the island. His keen ability to think on the fly carries the day!

What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

He holds your attention with his ability to "carry" so many characters!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! I'm tried to stretch it out, but was not successful!

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  • Paul
  • Quakers Hill, Australia
  • 05-28-13

More than a ship of the line

As near as can be to fact. The story could have been about Nelson himself but would not have been half as interesting or action packed.

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Superb. A terrific story, wonderfully read.

What made the experience of listening to Lieutenant Hornblower the most enjoyable?

I have been reading and listening to the Hornblower novels for<br/>40 years. They are more thrilling each time round.

What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

Christian Rodska is a dream reader.