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    In the eighth instalment of C.S Forester's naval series, Horatio Hornblower finds himself down on his luck. Having been forced to surrender his ship to the French, following a long and bloody battle, he is imprisoned by his enemies and threatened with the prospect of being tried by French courts and executed if found guilty.

    Knowing that he will also likely come up against a court martial in England for having lost command and possession of The Sutherland, Horatio's future is bleak and uncertain.

    As his wife, Maria, struggles to deliver a healthy baby and the thought of his mistress, Lady Barbara, taunts him in his jail cell, Hornblower realises that he must do whatever it takes to prevent the impending doom heading his way and ensure that neither lady is left to fend for herself.

    Hugely celebrated for his Napoleonic warfare series, and later for the publication of The African Queen, C. S. Forester came to writing much later than expected. Having originally studied medicine at Guy's Hospital, Forester first developed a love of story-telling after being inspired by his travels with the Royal Navy.

    Sadly stricken with arteriosclerosis whilst voyaging to the Bering Sea, C.S. Forester was crippled in his later life, but his imagination and his skill with a pen survived for years to come.

    Narrator Biography

    Christian Rodska is an English television and voice actor best known for his role in the 1970s series Follyfoot.

    From the The Monuments Men and The Eagle of the Ninth to The Likely Lads, Z Cars, The Tomorrow People, Coronation Street, Bergerac and Casualty, his extensive and diverse acting career has led him to become a highly solicited radio and audiobook narrator.

    He has now voiced over 150 unabridged audiobooks including Winston Churchill's biographies, Evelyn Waugh's Men at Arms and Sebastian Faulks' A Possible Life. He has been praised for his ability to vary in vocal pace and style and as such, Christian boasts 12 Earphone Awards from Audiofile Magazine.

    ©1938 C.S. Forester (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    • Jean
    • 04/07/2011

    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. Forester. I remember the movies about Hornblower but realised I had never read the books. This was most enjoyable story, Hornblower is captured by the French and is on way to Paris to be executed when he escapes. Lots of suspense and information on the French and English navies. Christian Rodska does a good job narrating the story. Looking forward to reading all of this series.

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    • Paul
    • 29/06/2013

    The Character study

    This is not in the usual ripping yarn style.. It is a good drama but more of a character study of Hornblower. The story is much slower paced than normal and the whole story revolves around his escape through and out of France. The reader is taken on as much a ride through his emotions, weaknesses and uncertainty as we are a flight to freedom but it is very well written and a must read if you are to maintain both the story and the man himself. However I would not reccomend as a one of sample book to read unless you are a school teacher looking for an excellent book for students to do a case study of a character which would hold the interest for either gender.

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    • Shawn Hanley
    • 14/06/2015

    Great performance

    If you are a fan of naval action in the Age of Sail, C.S. Forester's Flying Colours will not disappoint. If you are familiar with the Hornblower series, you will see Horatio's character flaws manifested in action rather than imagined. You will be captured from the opening lines
    to the last, a large part due to the engaging performance of the reader.

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    • Smytheville
    • 03/10/2013

    The best of the Hornblower books!

    I love all of the books, and Christian Rodska's performances are uniformly superb, but this is the most exciting book. If you're not working through the series (and you really should), then listen to this one if you listen to no other.

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    • Erik Rudolph
    • 12/01/2019

    Audible hope you have enjoyed this program

    Great book, and well performed but why did they have to change the last soundbite? There’s a wonderful nostalgia to be found in the scratchy old recording of “audible hope you have enjoyed this program”.

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    • Fellermom
    • 15/11/2021

    Superb narrator

    Christian Rodska does a magnificent job of reading the “Hornblower” novels. He captures the internal conflicts of the eponymous character and inserts color into supporting characters. I would hope that he would read the entire series. I have read these books since I was 14 years old. Similar to the Harry Potter books of this era the Hornblower books got me into reading and into history over 50 years ago. They inspired copycat series of novels such as the “Master and Commander” and the “Richard Sharpe” books. References to the Hornblower series pop-up and other popular culture, including Star Trek.

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    • escapewheel
    • 03/09/2021

    I still don't like Horatio

    Maybe the next book will develop the friendship with Bush? This has been one of the better plot lines of the series.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 02/08/2021

    Still good old fashioned Hornblower

    I was a little concerned for most of the novel for him but was happily surprised with the turn of events. Here we see Hornblower grow and struggle. Things may have changed but he had not.

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    • Jarret
    • 31/03/2020

    excellent performance

    Christian Rodska is a great voice actor and added a lot to this story. a great fun story.

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    • Solomon Smith
    • 22/03/2020

    A Masterpiece.

    C.S. Forester writes his famous Hornblower naval series. It is full of fun and naval adventure and is THE STANDARD in this genre. 10 novels. And these audio book versions are a pinnacle of quality narration that fits perfectly.
    It may change your thinking and thus your life.

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    • Lukas
    • 09/11/2019

    wo ist der nächste Teil?

    wieder ein sehr gutes Hörbuch,allerdings ist der darauf folgende Teil ist zwar anklickbar, aber dann kommt eine Fehlermeldung. Sehr Ärgerlich!

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 01/11/2017

    Mind blowing

    sooooo spannend, wie das Buch, das ich als Kind gelesen habe als ich noch klein war

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    • Panyvino
    • 03/10/2015

    Noch besser als ewartet

    Der Sprecher macht die ohnehin schon gute Gescichte zum Erlebnis. Unter den Hornblowerromanen, einer der Besten. Wie üblich, eher spotlight-artig, aneinandergereite Teile. Einzelne Bilder, die zusammengesetzt etwas spannendes geben, und Raum für Interprätationen und eigene Ausmalung lassen.