The midshipman who was seasick in Spithead...
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.
©1950 C. S. Forester (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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
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.
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!
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
A very fast paced book, well read. I will be listening to the whole series. Surprised how much story can be fitted into such a short time.
For some reason this book is not currently listed as Book 1 in the Horatio Hornblower series.
"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.
"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. 😊
Great story, great narration. Well done. Hornblower was the first James T Kirk! I highly recommend this book to all who like adventure!
If you are ready for adventure this is the book to listen to! The hours will flyby.
"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.
The best reading of a book I've ever heard. A real pleasure. Better than a movie or a play.
"Ripping Good Yarn"
Having greatly enjoyed the Patrick O'Brian Aubrey & Maturin series, Forester's Hornblower series had a high bar to clear. This first book promises an absorbing and enjoyable experience equivalent to the O'Brian oeuvre. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
Probably biased because I've already read this, and Hornblower is one of my favourite series. If you aren't familiar with the story it's about a young, awkward, self-doubting man working his way through the British Royal Navy during the napoleonic wars. I will warn you there are a lot of nautical terms, but the narrator does a good enough job that if you don't understand the terms you still feel gripped by the story.
"Rip roaring fun!"
Very well read and surprisingly enjoyable story of the high seas in the napoleonic wars. Less dour than Patrick O'Brian. Thoroughly enjoyable adventure.
"A joy to listen to"
I chose this book because I was looking for a good book to fall asleep to and it seemed to me that a story which I know so very well, read to me in a nice English accent would do the trick. Alas not, and so I listened though it in four or five sittings.
Left work early to enjoy the last chapter with a good cup of coffee in the autumn sun.
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