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Summary

April 1803, and the Peace of Amiens is failing as Horatio Hornblower takes a three-master on a vital reconnaissance mission… 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.

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What is good enough for Winston Churchill is good enough for me

I adore Hornblower I am 80 years of age and I must have read the Hornblower series hundreds of times and will continue to do so. A mention for Christian Rodska. Genius!!!

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  • 05-12-19

Enjoyable story

This story of Hornblower’s adventures in command of the Hotspur paints a detailed picture of the stream of challenges he faced and the constant consciousness and consideration of what the right thing do to is, for each circumstance. Doing the right thing doesn’t always get rewarded.

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childhood revisited

Loved it. It's rare that an adult experience matches a childhood encounter. Well read in a way that enhanced the story. One could almost taste the salt spray kicking up sand from the shoals in the gravel of the voice.

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Hornblower

I read a couple of these books when I was young and thoroughly enjoyed them so thought I would try them in audible. the series is brilliant and this narrator excellent.
this book seems different and I realise why now I know that it was written after the other books. the characters are much more in depth - but no less enjoyable for that.

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Brilliant

Wonderful story and descriptions of sea battles. A complete joy

Wonderful read by the only narrator that could do righteous justice to such a delightful story.

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he reads Hornblower so well

Favourite so far, reading in chronological order as opposed to order written. An excellent series . Definitely on par with Aubrey and Maturin

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Enjoyable book

Essentially a coordinated set of gripping short stories. I had Google Maps of NW France and of Spain displayed which was a great help. I just wish I had a hand book on sailing ship rigging.

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great book three

excellent book, author at the height of his powers, brilliant narration. wife storyline annoying because so well characterised. recommended without reservation.

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Flawless.

Apart from the somewhat bewildering "why is he marrying this woman" first chapter, this is truly flawless storytelling. The sense of being there is strong and all the characters and their actions ring true. A great listen.

Christian Rodska - better than flawless. His narration is nothing short of fantastic.

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brilliant

10/10. love these books, really brings to life fighting in the Napoleonic war to your ears

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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 HM Ship during the many years of War with both the French and Spanish Navies