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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.
In an unexpected turn of events, the now world-weary captain Hornblower is propelled towards the gates of his mortal enemy: Napoleon Bonaparte. Having spent a lifetime trying to defeat the French empire, Horatio is desperate to overthrow his opponents once and for all, but with so many odds against him, the threat of failure hangs in the air.
Hailed by the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Sir Winston Churchill for being 'admirable and vastly entertaining,' C.S. Forester became a hugely influential 20th-century author.
Born in Cairo, raised in London and buried in California, the metropolitan writer experienced huge success with his Horatio Hornblower series as well as with his later works, The African Queen and The Good Shepherd.
His literary genius is perfectly encapsulated within this endlessly entertaining narrative, and his heroic protagonist draws us in to another titillating journey through the Napoleonic wars.
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.
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By Michael on 12-09-11
Some novels are perfect for listening in the car. Well written, fast paced, amusing, plot-driven. When the narrator is talented a three hour drive disappears. The Hornblower series is perfect for this and this narrator is as well.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Thomas on 03-07-12
Would you consider the audio edition of Lord Hornblower to be better than the print version?
I haven't read the print edition, I have only listened to the series.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
The pllot was very good. However the part where he leads the rebellion was far fetched.
What does Christian Rodska bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Christian Rodska was perfect for this read.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Judith on 09-26-16
Disappointing end to series
As with all of the series, the performance was good. However, to call the love storyline unconvincing hardly covers it- actively aggravating is closer, but still doesn't do it justice. And unfortunately that storyline seems dominant, especially as it concludes the book.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful