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Lieutenant Hornblower Audiobook

Lieutenant Hornblower

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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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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-05-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2017
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    "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 Hornblower's. The story begins with Lt Bush coming aboard the ship as a new officer and is meet greeted aboard by Lt Hornblower. There are determining which Lieutenant is senior by date of rank when Captain Sawyer comes aboard and accuses Bush of deliberately boarding the ship ahead of him. Turns out that Hornblower is the most junior (5) Lt and Bush is the number 3. So begins a voyage to the Caribbean with a paranoid schizophrenic Captain. The trip shows what power of life and death the Captains had in those days. There is lots of action both ship and land fighting as well as seaman skills. The book also goes to demonstrate what leadership skills and ability are needed to lead men. Christian Rodska does a great job narrating the book. This is a great story and has a bit more meat to the story than prior ones. Looking forward to reading the next in line.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 02-04-12
    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 02-04-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story; great narrator"

    My title says it all. This is Hornblower at his most swashbuckling. The narrator, Christian Rodska, is quite superb, as usual.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Heverlee, Belgium 12-07-11
    Jan Heverlee, Belgium 12-07-11
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    "Great stuff if you like naval warfare under sail."
    Where does Lieutenant Hornblower rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The top 3.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historic frame is great. The story itself is predictable but that doesn't matter since the 'how' is more important then the 'what'.


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

    Great job.


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

    it makes you feel heroic :-).


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Halifax, NS, Canada 12-02-11
    Peter Halifax, NS, Canada 12-02-11
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    "An excellent listen."
    If you could sum up Lieutenant Hornblower in three words, what would they be?

    Well worth it


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good plot


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

    Not sure but an excellent narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Order the first in the series after hearing this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laurel 10-21-11
    Laurel 10-21-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Post Watch"

    I grew up reading about Horatio Hornblower in the Saturday Evening Post. How I waited for a new story to arrive. Later, I purchased the books and read and re-read them.
    How delightful to be able to listen to them now. To visit scenes not well remembered and have my memories renewed. It's almost like a family reunion.
    Hornblower is the most dashing cousin a girl could have. He's brave and ruggedly good-looking and inspires the most romantic dreams. Unfortunately, he is in love with his ship ... but I have never minded playing second fiddle.
    I am in my second listening now. The first a hurry to catch the story, the second to enjoy more of the flavor and character development. The third will be just to enjoy a story well written and well told.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Bolin Fairfield Twsp, OH United States 07-14-16
    Robert Bolin Fairfield Twsp, OH United States 07-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Started a little hesitantly but quickly changed."

    When I first started listening to Lieutenant Hornblower, I didn't like the crazy Captain abusing his men and was concerned this was either going to spend most of the time with his abusing the crew or turn into Mutiny on the Bounty. But Forester quickly remedied the situation in such a way that the backdrop of "mutiny" was there yet the story was able to continue with only a subplot involving what had befallen the Captain.

    In the end, I really enjoyed the story and the insights into the characters. This is my first time experiencing Hornblowr and Bush together as I've never read the books nor seen an episode of the show based upon the first several chronologically and I am "reading" them in Horatio's chronological order from Midshipman forward and this is, of course, the second book chronologically speaking.

    I still love Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr. Maturin better, but these are quite excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    james 04-04-13
    james 04-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Leftenant Bush, actually!"

    This book has always struck me as an odd one in the series; not bad at all, just odd. Told more from Bush's point of view almost, or certainly focused more on him. I suppose to get you ready for Bush as the best friend.
    I didn't like the narration quite as much on this one, as the characterizations slipped a bit between Bush and Hornblower causing a bit of confusion, but not anything to cry over.
    A solid part of the series though, and well read all in all.

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    Smytheville Tennessee 03-25-13
    Smytheville Tennessee 03-25-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Worth Considering for Patrick O'Brian Fans"

    If you've exhausted Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series and miss tales of the British navy in the 18th-19th centuries, then the Hornblower books seem to be a worthy way to get your fix. The main character is appealing and the naval arcana is well-told, but this book lacked the sly social commentary that lace the O'Brian books. Nevertheless, it's a series I shall continue with. Excellent audiobook narration, with a variety of upper and lower class British accents delineating the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Athens, AL, USA 11-24-12
    Michael Athens, AL, USA 11-24-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Another Excellent Adventure"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is another entertaining book by this author, and well read. I use these books to keep my interest while driving, and have not been disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nfaulk Galveston, TX USA 10-15-17
    nfaulk Galveston, TX USA 10-15-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A great book perfectly read and performed."

    The best book of the Hornblower series, wonderfully well performed. Unlike the other Hornblower books, this one sketches Hornblowers able, but sensitive chatacter through the eyes of Bush.

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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
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    "excellently read."

    Not my favourite in the series, but a good read leading to the excellence ahead, and made so by the narrator.

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  • Ben
    2/6/17
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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