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    The first episode, initially created as a prequel, of C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower series, sees 17-year-old Horatio as he embarks upon a navy career aboard HMS Justinian. Older than most other seamen training to become naval officers, Hornblower is initially ridiculed for his dull attitude and inexperience at sea. However, against all odds, Horatio rises to become an unlikely hero and faces a myriad of challenges aboard the ship and on foot in native lands. Set in January 1794, Hornblower works alongside his fellow officers, eventually rising through the ranks to battle against Napoleon as he tries to conquer Europe.

    In this episodic audiobook, Forester treats listeners to ten chapters with self-contained incidents and adventures. From duels to shipwrecks and Spanish galleys to French ports, we follow Horatio as he becomes a formidable man of the sea. Adding depth and feeling to the narrative, he also comes to see the atrocities of war and the often unfortunate and needless suffering of the many who are involved. Whilst showing himself to be brave, principled and ingenious, Forester's hero is singular in his unrelenting feelings of self-doubt and reserve, which render him a more likeable and relatable leader and protagonist. Commended by the San Francisco Chronicle as 'one of the great masters of narrative' C.S. Forester wrote 10 other books in the Hornblower series, all of which can be found at Audible.

    Narrator Biography

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

    ©1950 C. S. Forester (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    • Jason
    • 30/04/2017

    First rate historical fiction

    I was introduced to this series by a friend after I read the Master and Commander series, which is also fantastic. This kind of a beginners level of historical naval fiction but is more than worth the time. I highly recommend this series for those interested in historical fiction.

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    • Wombat
    • 26/01/2015

    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.

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    • Shannon Adams
    • 08/07/2016

    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. 😊

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    • Mack S. Hall
    • 08/03/2016

    Wonderful!

    The best reading of a book I've ever heard. A real pleasure. Better than a movie or a play.

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    • James
    • 26/05/2016

    Great book

    Great story, great narration. Well done. Hornblower was the first James T Kirk! I highly recommend this book to all who like adventure!

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    • Craig Ellick
    • 20/05/2016

    Great!!

    If you are ready for adventure this is the book to listen to! The hours will flyby.

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    • Jbird
    • 26/03/2016

    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.

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    • Paul
    • 07/10/2020

    An amazing set of adventures!

    It was an amazing succession of adventure after adventure, and the narrator did a perfect job of describing them simultaneously with the traditional British understatement! And excellent narration for an excellent book!

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 30/09/2020

    Excellent!!!

    This is a Great Story along with the series. I have enjoyed and can’t wait to start the next. I just wish there were more stories in this time frame especially with the old wooden ships of war.

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    • Joshua
    • 14/08/2020

    Riveting historical tale

    I read some of Hornblower when I was young but this audiobook takes the story to a whole new level!
    The narration is outstanding and suits the literary style perfectly.
    Highly recommended, particularly for seafaring folk who can understand some of the mariner terms used throughout.

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    • siglico
    • 18/09/2020

    No Review

    I did not want to do a rewiew but this awful program does not let me go back to the library wizhout! This is disturbing.

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    • herzeloyde
    • 02/02/2020

    Ein Sprecher mit hundert Stimmen!!

    Man vergisst, dass es sich um kein Hörspiel handelt; Engländer, Spanier, Franzosen, Männer und Frauen aller gesellschaftlicher Schichten wunderbar imitiert!

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    • X
    • 27/06/2020

    Perfect entrance to the sereies

    Wonderfull reader, wonderful story. If you like stories of sailing, this is a must-have. You can hear the entire series by Christian Roska and hear it on the loop without getting bored.