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I recently borrowed Mr. Midshipman Hornblower and Lieutenant Hornblower from my local library and couldn't wait to get the next book on audio, so I visited my account here. Unfortunately, the books here do not do the series justice. Macnee is a horrible narrator. Macnee's performance would lead you to believe that all characters except Hornblower are deaf and extremely stupid, including Lt. Bush and other favorites. Macnee never seems to get too far beyond his own, dull voice. Get the unabridged versions from a library or Amazon, and make sure Macnee is NOT the narrator.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
Why abridge a good book? Had I had any other option... I would have purchased the unabridged copy.The narrator was absolutely TERRIBLE. The background audio was a mess at times... with interference & annoying music. With such classic, complex characters... you are missing out when you listen to Patrick's version. He fails to convey the emotions, intelligence, & complexity of the characters he narrates... there are perhaps three to four voice variations used for the characters... & most of the dialogue associated with the officers & crew gives one the impression that everyone is on the verge of suffering an aneurysm or stroke. The speech is drawn out & slurred... to the point of comedy & completing defusing any gravity or drama that might be associated with the situation.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Hornblower and the "Hotspur"?
My biggest takeaway was how much I dislike the narrator.
How could the performance have been better?
I believe the book might have been better narrated by SIRI, Amazon's Alexa, or Cortana. I would have rather heard the book 'read' by Stephen Hawkings.
Do you think Hornblower and the "Hotspur" needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Yes. The books are great.Re-do the audio book... PLEASE.
Any additional comments?
Honestly, suffering through the audio here makes me want my money back.I expect better, Audible... much better.
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