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.

    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...Show More »

    Reviewed on 22 June 2015 by Mr Ian R Hames ()
  • 2
    Lieutenant Hornblower | C. S. Forester

    Lieutenant Hornblower

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    The nineteenth century dawns and the Napoleonic Wars rage as Horatio Hornblower faces the fury of the French and Spanish fleets combined. Amidst the hissing of wet wads, the stifling heat of white-hot cannon shot and the clamour of a mutinous crew, new Lieutenant Hornblower will need all of his seafaring cunning to overcome his first challenge in independent command on the high seas.

    Escapism at its finest!

    Hornblower and Bush make excellent protagonists with both human short comings and admirable traits which serve to make them endearing and realistic. T..Show More »

    Reviewed on 26 August 2015 by Matthew ()
  • 3
    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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    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.

    A Royal Navy Adventure

    A superbly written well paced novel covering the adventures of the fictitious Master & Commander Horatio Hornblower. Set against the backdrop of the..Show More »

    Reviewed on 02 September 2015 by Mr Ian R Hames ()
  • 4
    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
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    The final Horatio Hornblower story tells of Napoleon's plans to invade England. Set in 1805, Hornblower and the Crisis finds Horatio Hornblower in possession of confidential dispatches from Bonaparte after a vicious hand-to-hand encounter with a French brig. The admiralty rewards Hornblower by sending him on a dangerous espionage mission that will light the powder trail leading to the battle of Trafalgar.

    Thoroughly enjoyable

    A good title, from the Hornblower series. This volume follows on well from Lieutenant Hornblower. Well delivered again, by Christian Rodska.

    Reviewed on 23 May 2015 by Matsumoto ()
  • 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

    Hornblower

    The Narrator was not right for a Hornblower at all it was truly awful.
    I'm sure for another type of story he would be fine but the way this was r..Show More »

    Reviewed on 07 April 2015 by David ()
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    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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    After near disaster on board a canal barge, Horatio Hornblower is given his first assignment as captain, taking charge of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop that will act as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon the Atropos is part of the Mediterranean fleet's assault upon Napoleon, and Captain Hornblower must execute a bold and daring salvage operation for buried treasure lying deep in Turkish waters.

    Better than expected

    I had read this as a boy so was a bit dubious about returning to this series of books, in case they had dated too much. However, for a engaging listen..Show More »

    Reviewed on 19 March 2012 by A User ()
  • 6
    The Happy Return | C. S. Forester

    The Happy Return

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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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.

    Good audiobook brought to life by Christian Rodska

    I have recently devoured probably everything by Bernard Cornwell, finishing with the "Sharpe" books and wanted something similar, and after some searc..Show More »

    Reviewed on 27 September 2013 by A (Maghull, United Kingdom)
  • 7
    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.

    Cliffhanger Alert

    Warning! If You start this book be prepared to buy "Flying Colours" as well, since the book ends with a cliffhanger that is resolved in the next book...Show More »

    Reviewed on 21 July 2014 by Donn Edwards (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • 8
    Flying Colours | C. S. Forester

    Flying Colours

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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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.

    Boring

    Found this one pretty boring compared to others in the Hornblower series. Narration good as always.

    Reviewed on 19 August 2016 by Anonymous ()
  • 9
    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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    The newly promoted Commodore returns to the scene of his first naval action - the Baltic. In a gripping adventure in the northern waters, Hornblower must use all his skill and experience to prevent a catastrophic war.

    Complete and Enjoyable

    Once again Christian Rodska does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life and reading the story very well. I am also glad to report that the ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 21 July 2014 by Donn Edwards (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • 10
    Lord Hornblower | C. S. Forester

    Lord Hornblower

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    The Admiral's face was grim as he gave Commodore Hornblower his orders. The situation was critical: mutiny was an infection that could spread through the fleet like the plague and, furthermore, the crew were threatening to go over to the French.

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