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Lieutenant Hornblower Audiobook

Lieutenant Hornblower

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Publisher's Summary

The 19th 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. And while blood and violence flow thick and fast aboard a beleaguered HMS Renown, the aftermath of war promises intrigue of an entirely different order: Maria, a young señorita, who might just soften the steely resolve of a young lieutenant.

This is the second of 11 books chronicling the adventures of Horatio Hornblower.

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    Joy K. Shaw Boise, ID USA 03-10-17
    Joy K. Shaw Boise, ID USA 03-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Hornblower Continued...."

    I enjoys this series very much and the narration is very easy to listen to. Christian Rodskas voice does not great on your nerves and you will find yourself relaxing and disappearing into the story.
    I have listened to and/or read all twelve books, C.S. Forester does not disappoint.

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    James 06-04-16
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    "Great read."

    Even better than The Midshipman. Action packed and told through the point of view of Lieutenant Busch.

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    Craig Ellick 06-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Like James Bond, we want to be Hornblower"

    Forester is the KING of Sea Adventure.
    All the rest pale in comparison.
    Close your eyes and you can feel the deck heaving, and hear the shot screaming through the air! Adventure at its very best!

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    Peter J. Andrews 05-13-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Engaging and fun"
    If you could sum up Lieutenant Hornblower in three words, what would they be?

    The second book in the series tells the tale from a fresh perspective, with Lieutenant Bush as a viewpoint character. Seeing Hornblower through a competent everyman with his own ideas of service provides a new way of understanding the hero as he makes his way through the ranks and faces apparently insurmountable challenges.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My first reading of this book centered on the unfamiliar world and the courageous and clever solution. This time, the struggle with naval bureaucracy and inflexible rules and the dignified survival after return to civilian life without any resources were of deeper interest for me. These experiences seemed timeless in our era of cold hierarchies and ruthless layoffs.


    What does Christian Rodska bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Rodska conveys the excitement without getting overly dramatic. He acts in character for each line of dialogue he voices, and I never got confused by the many voices he inhabited.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Despite the distance created by a move to Bush's perspective (a savvy move, given some of what Hornblower might have done), the tension did not flag and the successes were always worth cheering. Forester is a master of pacing, recognizing moments that can be stretched and providing full value for each situation.


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    samuel 03-10-16
    samuel 03-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awful performance"

    I made it to about chapter 3 before the voice actors poor performance forced me to stop listening. He would make a good narrator but his voice acting makes almost every character sound mentally handicapped and deaf with the same voice.

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    Amazon Customer Germany 11-10-15
    Amazon Customer Germany 11-10-15 Listener Since 2003
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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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    Isaac R. 07-30-15
    Isaac R. 07-30-15 Member Since 2015
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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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    Mark Mahar 04-01-15
    Mark Mahar 04-01-15

    Eclectic reader but mostly read anything seafaring, Tolkien and American history, even Pride and Prejudice and romance stories.

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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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    Shawn Hanley 03-04-15 Member Since 2016
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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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    Satish Iyer Mumbai, India 02-17-15
    Satish Iyer Mumbai, India 02-17-15

    Avid reader of romantic literature, history and adventure.

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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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  • Ben
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    "Brilliant Book!!!"

    Absolutely love this book, not to do any spoilers but the part of the book concerning a particular captain of a particular ship hornblower was serving on has always made me a tad uncomfy as it's supposed to do I suppose. A large amount of the book isn't about incredible heroic deed and what not but more to do with cool thinking under the worst of conditions as it's was undoubtedly in that time. ofcourse that's only my opinion but still great book and can't wait to start the next one!

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  • Matthew
    8/26/15
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    "Escapism at its finest!"

    Hornblower and Bush make excellent protagonists with both human short comings and admirable traits which serve to make them endearing and realistic. The plot is well thought out and compliments the rich characters. The book contains action and adventure as well as the detail which history and naval enthusiasts will love. Perfect for a long drive or while in the office, to take your mind from the regular day to day. Simply plug in and soar above the waves of the warm Caribbean sea with the brave men of HMS Renown

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  • Matsumoto
    5/23/15
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    "Very good listening"

    A good tale of naval fiction, well read by Christian Rodska. A must for fans of the television adaptation.

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