Horatio Hornblower (chronological order)
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  • 1
    Mr Midshipman Hornblower | C. S. Forester

    Mr Midshipman Hornblower

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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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.

    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.

    Reviewed on January 26 2015 by Wombat (Adelaide)
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    Lieutenant Hornblower | C. S. Forester

    Lieutenant Hornblower

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    • By C. S. Forester
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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.

    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 ..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 05 2013 by Jean (Santa Cruz, CA, United States)
  • 3
    Hornblower and the Hotspur | C.S. Forester

    Hornblower and the Hotspur

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    • By C.S. Forester
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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.

    Excellent continuation of the story

    A comfortable passage of the early years in Hornblowers life. Plenty of action and a good backstory to boot. Brings home the hardship of service in a ..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 12 2013 by Paul (Quakers Hill, Australia)
  • 4
    Hornblower and the Crisis | C. S. Forester

    Hornblower and the Crisis

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    • By C. S. Forester
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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.

    Not a complete Book
    Reviewed on December 09 2012 by Michael (Athens, AL, USA)
  • 5
    Hornblower and the

    Hornblower and the "Atropos"

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Nicolas Coster
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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

    Great book. Poor narrator.

    All of the Hornblower books are excellent and this one is no exception. Forrester is a master of his craft and his detailed knowledge of how the Briti..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 02 2011 by John (Hilton, United Kingdom)
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    Hornblower and the Atropos | C.S. Forester

    Hornblower and the Atropos

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    • By C.S. Forester
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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.

    The First Command

    Hornblower and his own command continues to grow in character. Not as fast paced as some of the other books but with some unusual story lines. This bo..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 12 2013 by Paul (Quakers Hill, Australia)
  • 6
    The Happy Return | C. S. Forester

    The Happy Return

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    • By C. S. Forester
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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.

    AKA "Beat to Quarters"

    "The Happy Return," also known as "Beat to Quarters," is the first-published (1937) adventure of Captain Horatio Hornblower, RN. It wa..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 29 2010 by Carol (Massachusetts)
  • 7
    A Ship of the Line | C. S. Forester

    A Ship of the Line

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    • 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.

    Wonderful Hornblower

    Having read all of C.S. Forester's Hornblower series as a (male) teenager and remembering the excitement it provoked in me, I listened to Ship of the ..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 16 2011 by Rollin (Cholula, Mexico)
  • 8
    Flying Colours | C. S. Forester

    Flying Colours

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    • By C. S. Forester
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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.

    Flying Colours

    I have almost finished the Patrick O'Brian series of Capt Aubrey and was looking for something similar in the Audible library when I came across C.S. ..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 04 2011 by Jean (Santa Cruz, CA, United States)
  • 9
    The Commodore | C. S. Forester

    The Commodore

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    • By C. S. Forester
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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.

    The last chapter is NOT missing!
    Reviewed on May 07 2015 by Peter ()
  • 10
    Lord Hornblower | C. S. Forester

    Lord Hornblower

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    • By C. S. Forester
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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.

    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 d..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 09 2011 by Michael (Weston, MA, United States)
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