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  • Mr Midshipman Hornblower | C. S. Forester

    Mr Midshipman Hornblower

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Shaking off this label, a shy and lonely 17-year-old, Horatio Hornblower, embarks on a memorable career in Nelson's navy on HMS Justinian. In action, adventure, and battle he is forged into one of the most formidable junior officers in the service.

    Wombat says: "Narration brings classic to life"
  • Hornblower and the

    Hornblower and the "Hotspur": The Third Horatio Hornblower Tale of the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Nicolas Coster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Napoleon is about to invade England, and it falls to young Horatio Hornblower to stop him.

    wbw says: "Great book!"
  • Lieutenant Hornblower | C. S. Forester

    Lieutenant Hornblower

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
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    Story
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    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.

    Jean says: "Hornblower off to the Caribbean"
  • A Ship of the Line | C. S. Forester

    A Ship of the Line

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    Her Majesty's ship Sutherland is a humdrum ship of the line. But in command is none other than the heroic Captain Hornblower and, with his crew from the Lydia, he looks set to take on commando raids, hurricanes at sea, and Napoleons's gun batteries.

    Rollin says: "Wonderful Hornblower"
  • Lord Hornblower | C. S. Forester

    Lord Hornblower

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Story
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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.

    Michael says: "Classic"
  • Flying Colours | C. S. Forester

    Flying Colours

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Story
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    Hornblower becomes a national hero when he escapes a French firing squad. But the 'Terror of the Mediterranean' becomes Europe's most wanted man, forced to fight alone for England - and liberty.

    Jean says: "Flying Colours"
  • Hornblower and the Crisis | C. S. Forester

    Hornblower and the Crisis

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
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    Story
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    In this, the final Horatio Hornblower adventure, C.S. Forester throws his hero into one of the most challenging missions yet. Upon discovering highly confidential papers dispatched by Bonaparte, Hornblower sets off to enlighten the Admiralty about his game-changing, new findings. Troubled after having been informed of Pierre-Charles Villeneuve's escape into Spain, they welcome Horatio's news and send him off on a high-priority assignment that they believe will lead to England's victory over Napoleon.

    Michael says: "Not a complete Book"
  • The Happy Return | C. S. Forester

    The Happy Return

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
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    Story
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    Horatio Hornblower sails South American waters and comes face to face with a mad revolutionary in a novel that ripples with risk and gripping adventure. Throughout his escapades, Forester's hero remains resourceful and courageous.

    Carol says: "AKA "Beat to Quarters""
  • The Commodore | C. S. Forester

    The Commodore

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    In the ninth instalment of the series, C.S. Forester transports us to the quaint village of Smallbridge. Predictably restless and eager to embark on his next adventure, Horatio Hornblower dreams of returning to the seas and commanding his next ship. Now happily married to Lady Barbara Leighton and widely celebrated for his recent successes with the navy, Hornblower has been knighted and appointed a commodore. Fortunately for Horatio, his uneventful days as village squire are soon interrupted.

    KATHRYN says: "Missing last chapter"
  • Hornblower and the

    Hornblower and the "Hotspur"

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By C.S. Forester
    • Narrated By Patrick Macnee
    Overall
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    Performance
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    Napoleon is about to invade England, and it falls to young Horatio Hornblower to stop him. It's 1803, and the imperial leader of France is amassing an army of ships and planning his attack. Throughout several spectacular confrontations, Hornblower proves himself to be not only a courageous and worthy opponent, but also one of the most fascinating, complex heroes of our time.

    Mark says: "Macnee sinks Hotspur"
  • The African Queen | C. S. Forester

    The African Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
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    Upon her brother's death, missionary Rose Sayer and Charles Allnutt, disreputable skipper of the African Queen, become allies as, marooned in German Central Africa during World War I, they fight their old launch downriver 'to strike a blow for England'.

    Lynne says: "Thoroughly enjoyable, almost."
  • Hornblower and the

    Hornblower and the "Atropos"

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Nicolas Coster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Story
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    In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters

    John says: "Great book. Poor narrator."
  • Words at War: World War II Radio Drama | C.S. Forester,Robert St. John,Gwen Dew,Otis Carney,Hillary St. George Sanders,Clark Lee

    Words at War: World War II Radio Drama

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By C.S. Forester, Robert St. John, Gwen Dew, and others
    • Narrated By Les Damon, Lesley Woods, Maurice Tarplin, and others
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    Wartime radio at its most provocative - that's "Words at War"! The Office of War Information, in cooperation with The Council on Books in Wartime, brought listeners journalistic accounts of battle, first-person narratives, and novels inspired by actual events. Each story was adapted for radio…and for maximum emotional impact.

  • Hornblower and the Atropos | C.S. Forester

    Hornblower and the Atropos

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By C.S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    In the year 1805, the young and enthusiastic Horatio Hornblower is given his first command as Captain of HMS Atropos. A 22-gun sloop, it is hardly the biggest ship in the navy, but undeterred, Hornblower boards the Atropos in eager anticipation of the voyages to come. Acting as flagship during the funeral procession for Lord Nelson, Horatio's first endeavour is to pay tribute to the country's fallen hero.

    Paul says: "The First Command"
  • Lieutenant Hornblower | C.S. Forester

    Lieutenant Hornblower

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By C.S. Forester
    • Narrated By Patrick Macnee
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    Story
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    The second act of the Hornblower saga is a gripping, rip-roaring tale of turmoil and triumph on the high seas. With new responsibilities thrust upon him, a young Lieutenant Hornblower is now fully in command of a ship for the first time. Faced with the challenges of near-mutiny, bloody hand-to-hand combat, deck-splintering sea battles, and the violence and horrors of life aboard the fighting ships in Napoleonic Wars, Hornblower must find a way to endure and overcome, as only a hero of his stature can.

    Loren Lockard says: "Lieutenant Hornblower"
  • Hornblower and the

    Hornblower and the "Atropos"

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By C.S. Forester
    • Narrated By Patrick Macnee
    Overall
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    The Atropos, a 22-gun sloop, has been given its first assignment under Horatio Hornblower's command: flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. But soon the Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters and boldly challenging a Spanish frigate several times her size. Follow Forester's hero in more adventures in Lieutenant Hornblower.

    Inga Duncan says: "Unabridged?"
  • Sterling Point Books: The Barbary Pirates | C. S. Forester

    Sterling Point Books: The Barbary Pirates

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Roscoe Orman
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    C.S. Forester, creator of the beloved Horatio Hornblower series, takes young readers on an exciting adventure to the shores of Tripoli in North Africa. That's where, more than 200 years ago, the United States was threatened by "pirates" who snatched American merchant ships and imprisoned sailors - and the country's young, untested navy took on the task of fighting the pirates in their home waters.

    Robert says: "An almost forgotten part of U.S. history"
  • Plain Murder | C. S. Forester

    Plain Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
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    At the Universal Advertising Agency in London a murder is being planned. Three men have been discovered taking bribes and face the grim prospect of the dole queue, unless they can get rid of the person who caught them. Their ringleader, thick-set and vicious Mr. Morris, soon discovers that killing is far easier than he thought - and that he even has a talent for it.

    Jean says: "Chilling Suspense"
  • Payment Deferred | C. S. Forester

    Payment Deferred

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
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    Mr Marble is in serious debt, desperate for money to pay his family's bills, until the combination of a wealthy relative, a bottle of cyanide, and a shovel offer him the perfect solution. In fact, his troubles are only just beginning. Slowly the Marble family becomes poisoned by guilt, and caught in an increasingly dangerous trap of secrets, fear, and blackmail. Then, in a final twist of the knife, Mrs Marble ensures that retribution comes in the most unexpected of ways....

  • Hornblower and the Hotspur | C.S. Forester

    Hornblower and the Hotspur

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By C.S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    Story
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    On the day of his marriage to Maria, Hornblower is ordered to take the Hotspur and head for Brest – war is coming and Napoleon will not catch His Majesty’s navy with its britches round its ankles. With thoughts of his new life as a husband intruding on his duties, Hornblower must prove himself to be not only the most capable commander in the fleet, but also its most daring if he is to stop the French gaining the upper hand. This is the third of eleven books chronicling the adventures of C. S. Forester’s inimitable nautical hero, Horatio Hornblower.

    Paul says: "Excellent continuation of the story"
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