Hornblower and the "Hotspur"

The Third Horatio Hornblower Tale of the Sea
Narrated by: Nicolas Coster
Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
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Napoleon is about to invade England, and it falls to young Horatio Hornblower to stop him.

This is the third in C. S. Forester's 11 volume series about one of the Royal Navy's most daring and resourceful officers.

©1962 C.S. Forester (P)2008, 2017 Phoenix Books

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Do not buy this one

Terrible sound quality.
Narrator is forcefully loud with some characters and inaudibly soft with others. I returned the book because it was so disappointing

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Great book!

Wonderful book. Great narrator, but the audio isn’t edited at all for volume. At times too quiet, and at time way too loud.

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Absolutely terrible pronunciation. I found it actually painful at times to listen to because the narrator has no clue how to pronounce sailing terms for the names of the ships.

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CS Forester rules!

This is the third installment in the Hornblower series in which I’m now entirely caught up. My very literary friend turned me on to this series. Excellent window into the British Navy during the late 18th and early 19th century. Character development is well executed. The moral choices laid before a Horatio and how he answers them are a credit to the author’s deft handling of his character’s. Excellent stories

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Uugghh the narrator!

Awesome book! I’ve always LOVED hornblower! This narrator has really good voices and inflection but YOU CAN HEAR MOST OF IT. I had to have the volume at full blast and then he would be SO LOUD sometimes and the rest of the sentence would fall off and I couldn’t hear or understand it. So sad!

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Excellent book

Throughly enjoyed to work. Masterful command of the period. I love the book and look forward to the next title in series.

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I enjoyed the narrator<br />

a lot of people are giving this book bad reviews because of the narrator, however I thoroughly enjoyed is reading he doesn't have a great knowledge of Naval term but his voice acting is outstanding

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bad recording.otherwise great story.

very good book. but the recording was rotten. would go from a whisper to too loud. was always messing with the volume.

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Great book marred by terrible narrator

First of all, this is a great book. Another Forester classic. Despite the narration, I think it's still worth your time. The narrator is painfully slow and has strange pacing and intonation. I nearly quit listening before I sped it up by 20%. It's nearly impossible to tell it's being sped up on this one. I feel like you can tell how tired the narrator was while recording certain sections. At the beginning of the book, his performance is crawling, and then, as if he started a new session, in the middle of a section he all the sudden sounds like he has a pulse.

If the performance weren't bad enough, this guy didn't even bother to look up how to pronounce nautical terms. And oh, god, "Flotilla". It's like he's trying to be clever and pronounce it in the Spanish style, but he doesn't understand Spanish pronunciation and just says "flota". It's not that hard. I get that you might not know how to pronounce "indefatigable" or "mainsail" but come on man, just say flo-till-uh. It sounds like it looks!

Please, audiobook publishing powers that be, please get this one recorded by a competent narrator.

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Excellent tale, mediocre reader

The title says all I would like or need to say. If you have been following the story, this is a must read. Sadly, it is not available by another reader.