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.

    Absolutely superb!

    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 res..Show More »

    Reviewed on 13 January 2017 by Ben ()
  • 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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    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.

    A More Comprehensive Story

    I enjoyed this one more than the first as it seemed less hurreied and contained more descriptive detail than the first.

    Reviewed on 11 December 2017 by Barry Winters ()
  • 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.

    enthralling

    Such is the brilliance of description, of weather, sheeting sails, and characters, it is no wonder Forester is described as the father of historical..Show More »

    Reviewed on 12 December 2017 by Mr. Anthony D. Bateman (wales uk)
  • 4
    Hornblower and the Crisis | C. S. Forester

    Hornblower and the Crisis

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • 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.

    Shame it will remain unfinished!

    A couple of very good beginnings here - and well worth a listen if you have a voucher or free credit to spare - otherwise stick to the completed hornb..Show More »

    Reviewed on 23 January 2015 by Thomas ()
  • 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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    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.

    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 Tom Darlow ()
  • 6
    The Happy Return | C. S. Forester

    The Happy Return

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    • 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

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    • By C. S. Forester
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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.

    First rate

    This is a first rate story, very well written and very well read. Try it if you have not read any C S Forester before or better still, start with the ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 12 April 2017 by VNHSUMMERS ()
  • 9
    The Commodore | C. S. Forester

    The Commodore

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • 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.

    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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    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.

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