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Mr Midshipman Hornblower Audiobook

Mr Midshipman Hornblower

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The first episode, initially created as a prequel, of C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower series, sees 17-year-old Horatio as he embarks upon a navy career aboard HMS Justinian. Older than most other seamen training to become naval officers, Hornblower is initially ridiculed for his dull attitude and inexperience at sea. However, against all odds, Horatio rises to become an unlikely hero and faces a myriad of challenges aboard the ship and on foot in native lands. Set in January 1794, Hornblower works alongside his fellow officers, eventually rising through the ranks to battle against Napoleon as he tries to conquer Europe.

In this episodic audiobook, Forester treats listeners to ten chapters with self-contained incidents and adventures. From duels to shipwrecks and Spanish galleys to French ports, we follow Horatio as he becomes a formidable man of the sea. Adding depth and feeling to the narrative, he also comes to see the atrocities of war and the often unfortunate and needless suffering of the many who are involved. Whilst showing himself to be brave, principled and ingenious, Forester's hero is singular in his unrelenting feelings of self-doubt and reserve, which render him a more likeable and relatable leader and protagonist. Commended by the San Francisco Chronicle as 'one of the great masters of narrative' C.S. Forester wrote 10 other books in the Hornblower series, all of which can be found at Audible.

Narrator Biography

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

©1950 C. S. Forester (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Wombat 01-26-15
    Wombat 01-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Narration brings classic to life"

    The narrator handles the different characters very well - both male and female - and his pacing gives energy to these classic maritime tales.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mack S. Hall Enterprise, AL USA 03-08-16
    Mack S. Hall Enterprise, AL USA 03-08-16
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    "Wonderful!"

    The best reading of a book I've ever heard. A real pleasure. Better than a movie or a play.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 04-30-17
    Jason 04-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "First rate historical fiction"

    I was introduced to this series by a friend after I read the Master and Commander series, which is also fantastic. This kind of a beginners level of historical naval fiction but is more than worth the time. I highly recommend this series for those interested in historical fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Adams Millburn, NJ 07-08-16
    Shannon Adams Millburn, NJ 07-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A lesser known classic- still GREAT!"

    This is a story of character growth- mistakes, temptation, pride all subjugated in favor of the greater good, of self mastery. Human triumph! And all at sea during war-time 150 years ago. 😊

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James 05-26-16
    James 05-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book"

    Great story, great narration. Well done. Hornblower was the first James T Kirk! I highly recommend this book to all who like adventure!

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    Craig Ellick 05-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great!!"

    If you are ready for adventure this is the book to listen to! The hours will flyby.

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    "good old-fashioned adventure story"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this adventure story. As much fun for grown-ups as older kids. looking forward to the next adventure of Mr. Midshipman Hornblower.
    Christian Ronska is an excellent narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie 10-06-17
    Laurie 10-06-17
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    "A well done English Navy Sea Sailing Tale"

    If you enjoy early 19th century English navy novels, Like master and commander, I feel certain you will enjoy both this story and Audio performance. Especially the last half of the book is very engaging.

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    Redd23 09-05-17
    Redd23 09-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Commander but not much of a Husband!"
    What did you love best about Mr Midshipman Hornblower?

    I have read and listen to four of the Hornblower books. I think the reader does a wonderful job and I enjoy listening to the presentations but I find I do not like Hornblower much as a human being.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think that if one enjoys sea and naval history/fiction type stories they will enjoy the Hornblower stories.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rodska – was your favorite?

    Although I enjoy the reader, I do not like the character H. Hornblower very much at all. As such I will not purchase any more of this series.


    Who was the most memorable character of Mr Midshipman Hornblower and why?

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    Any additional comments?

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AmazonShopper_Kate 06-19-17
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    "great book and great narrator"

    This is a great audiobook. The narrator is great and really compliments the well written story.

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    "Absolutely superb!"

    A really brilliant book and quite different from the ITV series. Considering this is only the first one as such I am really looking forward to the rest and highly recommend this one to anyone full stop!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Ian R Hames
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    "Stirring from start to finish"

    Thanks to the TV series the early Hornblower novels are quite well known. This the first in the series is a stirring read, full of action and colour. The performance is very good. On to the next book

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  • Matsumoto
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    "Exceptional"

    My favourite in the Hornblower series of books. Well read by Christian Rodska, who clearly has a genuine interest in naval fiction and naval history. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
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    9/17/17
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    "classic"

    Read at school and 40+ yrs later I get the thrill of being in character so deep into the story I imagine myself. I have been in awe of all napoleonic writings such as sharp, but this led me in to a lifetime devoted to family and history.

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  • M. Mower
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    "Fabulous"

    This came recommended by a friend and I was not disappointed. The story is great, the narration marvellous. I was sad when it ended and cannot wait to start the next one.

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  • Neil
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    "Wonderful"

    An excellent narration of a classic tale. Highly entertaining. Bringing these wonderful stories to life.

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  • Mr M D Evans
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    "Excellent!"

    First class narration and a great story steeped in nautical imagery or a bygone era. Highly recommended.

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  • Theo Goddefroy
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    5/20/16
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    "C. S. Forester a master of tales of the sea."

    What a pleasure to listen to the story that I have read as a child in the sixties.

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  • Queeber
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    4/13/16
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    "bloody brilliant"

    I thought this book was excellent. very well read and very well written.
    i have seen the tv show hornblower and was worried listening to the same plot lines would be boring. how wrong i was.
    on to book 2

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AC
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    "Swashbuckling adventures!"

    I love these tales - lively, humorous, poignant and very entertaining! Glad that Audible UK finally has them!

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