Hornblower and the "Atropos" : Horatio Hornblower (chronological order)

  • by C. S. Forester
  • Narrated by Nicolas Coster
  • Series: Horatio Hornblower (chronological order)
  • 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"I find Hornblower admirable, vastly entertaining" - Winston Churchill 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 and boldly challenging a Spanish frigate several times her size. At the center of each adventure is Hornblower, Forester's most inspired creation, whose blend of cautious preparation and spirited execution dazzles friend and foe alike.


What the Critics Say

"A rousing tale of history, character, and adventure...For once Hornblower is the mouse Instead of the cat, but he makes that role fully as dramatic as the other." (Chicago Tribune)


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Customer Reviews

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Great book. Poor narrator.

All of the Hornblower books are excellent and this one is no exception. Forrester is a master of his craft and his detailed knowledge of how the British navy worked and how ships were sailed make the action believable and convincing.

Unfortunately this audio book is spoiled for me by the narrator who has a slow and mournful delivery that sounds like a vicar on Valium preaching a long and boring sermon.

The other books in this series are read by Christian Rodska who does a much better job.
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- John

Great fun and adventure in 1806

The author makes you feel like you now understand more what life was like in the early 1800's. And the reader does an excellent job with the various voices and accents and making you feel the excitement and tension.
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- Edward C. Charbonnet

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-04-2009
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books