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Having received strict and confidential orders from high above, C.S. Forester's inimitable hero must recapture The Flame, a brig which has been taken over by a band of mutineers. Voyaging to the Bay of Seine in order to rescue the captive Lieutenant Augustin Chadwick from his disloyal crew, Horatio Hornblower must once more fight for the freedom and safety of his people and country.

In an unexpected turn of events, the now world-weary captain Hornblower is propelled towards the gates of his mortal enemy: Napoleon Bonaparte. Having spent a lifetime trying to defeat the French empire, Horatio is desperate to overthrow his opponents once and for all, but with so many odds against him, the threat of failure hangs in the air.

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 1970s 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.

©1946 C.S. Forester (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Michael
  • Weston, MA, United States
  • 12-09-11

Classic

Some novels are perfect for listening in the car. Well written, fast paced, amusing, plot-driven. When the narrator is talented a three hour drive disappears. The Hornblower series is perfect for this and this narrator is as well.

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  • Thomas
  • deerfield, NH, United States
  • 03-07-12

Good Read

Would you consider the audio edition of Lord Hornblower to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print edition, I have only listened to the series.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The pllot was very good. However the part where he leads the rebellion was far fetched.<br/>

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

Christian Rodska was perfect for this read.<br/>

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  • Emrys
  • Alfred, NY, United States
  • 02-27-12

Good story, great reading

Christian Rodske's narration is brilliant as always. I preferred the first part of the story, where Hornblower is sent to deal with a mutiny, to the later part where he's in France. Perhaps it's because one feels that Hornblower is at his best when on a ship.

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Top Adventure

In some ways the Hornblower series is better than Patrick O???Brian???s Aubrey/Maturin series but, for me it lacks the depth of emotions displayed in the Aubrey/Maturin relationship.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Where's the last?

Listened to whole series, but then last one not available?!?!?!?!!!! Why is this! All books in a series should be available. The recording exists!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Love these Books!

the reader is superb. Far better than movies.... I can hardly wate to stare a new book. I have tried to read them myself but finding quite time is hard.

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I have read and loved all the Hornblower books in the past, but decided to try out the audio versions because I love a good reader. Christian Rodska is an excellent performer, and it's delightful to hear him bring out different accents and ways of speaking to reflect the different characters and it especially tickles me to hear him pulling back from the microphone so he can give a quarter deck shout when the text calls for it.<br/><br/>The problem I am having is most likely with the editor for this audio series. Like with Commodore Hornblower, this novel has missing text. Not an entire chapter this time, but it's kind of a huge moment in chapter 14 when (spoilers) Hornblower tells his wife the fate of Bush. I listened to the passage three times to make sure that I was correct, that the editor actually cut out so vital a piece of the text, and yes indeed he did. Barbara's after reaction, Hornblower's lame follow-ups, etc. are all there, but the line thoughtlessly blurted out right before the party is gone. I hope that someone re-edits and corrects this series at some point, Christian Rodska is too good a reader and Forester is too good a writer to be mishandled like this.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 09-27-12

Old fashion story telling

This book was written in 1946 and like all of C. S. Forester's books it seems to be better in audio version than written. It flows like the old fashion story telling while sitting around the fireplace. There is less sailing in this book but there is some sailing action. Most of the battles take place on land while Commodore Hornblower is the governor of an area of France. This book covers the fall of Napoleon and his return from Elba. Hornblower is made a Lord in this book and Lady Barbara joins him in France. More information about etiquette of the peerage in this book. Christian Rodska does a gread job narrating the story.

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I've never read a Hornblower book that wasn't well worth reading

Napoleon's return gives little joy to a war weary world and Hornblower is caught in the middle of it all. Far from the sea and yet in some very hot water. Can he escape from the French Empire's "justice"?

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Klischees und Wiederholungen dominieren die Sprache.

Schwache Geschichte mit vielen Klischees. Ist mit den ersten 3 Romanen nicht zu vergleichen.
Die einzelne Charaktere sind schwach gezeichnet und menschlich nicht glaubwürdig.

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  • Judith
  • 09-26-16

Disappointing end to series

As with all of the series, the performance was good. However, to call the love storyline unconvincing hardly covers it- actively aggravating is closer, but still doesn't do it justice. And unfortunately that storyline seems dominant, especially as it concludes the book.

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