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Hornblower and the

Hornblower and the "Hotspur"

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Publisher's Summary

Napoleon is about to invade England, and it falls to young Horatio Hornblower to stop him. It's 1803, and the imperial leader of France is amassing an army of ships and planning his attack. Throughout several spectacular confrontations, Hornblower proves himself to be not only a courageous and worthy opponent, but also one of the most fascinating, complex heroes of our time. Hornblower and the "Hotspur" is the third in C.S. Forester's 11-volume series about one of the Royal Navy's most daring and resourceful officers.

Cover Illustration: Douglas Smith; ©1962 by C.S. Forester, © Renewed 1990 by Dorothy E. Forester; © and (P)1999 New Star Media Inc.

What the Critics Say

"With meticulous attention to nautical detail, which no committee of old sea dogs has been able to fault, C.S. Forester has shown himself to be a master of the genre." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Wendy 24/11/2015
    Wendy 24/11/2015
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    "Great book!"

    I dis not like the seemingly random placement throughout the book of background music. Very strange.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • George Carpenter III
    Indiana USA!
    16/02/08
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    "Hornblower and the"

    C.S. Forester's novel about life aboard a British Man of War is ledgendary. In the Hotspur, Hornblower's reputation as an aggresive, determined captain come into fine focus. He is an honorable man with a realistic sense of what can be attained if you work hard, dare greatly and are willing to pay the price. I wish the entire series was available. Patrick Macnee does a masterful job of bring this famous story to life. Highly recommended.
    George Carpenter

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Yorktown Va
    25/05/08
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    "Macnee sinks Hotspur"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Brandon Wilkins
    29/08/15
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    "A good story...insufferable narration"

    Downright painfully is the best way I can describe the narration of this book. Some of the worst character voices, or should I say VOICE because there was almost only obe voice used for 90% of the spoken parts.
    I did not know until listening to the story that there were six R's in the word sir. Some of the most ridiculously drawn out speech mannerisms I could imagine.
    Having said all that in the last 2 hours of the story it was a marked improvement. Throughout the entire story the narration (when the characters were not speaking) we're done quite well.
    oOverall if you're following the series you should still listen to this book, but the first two so far out shine the quality of this one that I suppose it's not so bad that it is abridged.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • palamow
    LUQUILLO, PR, United States
    23/11/11
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    "I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook"

    As a young boy, I avidly devoured each of C.S. Forester's 'Hornblower' books as soon as they appeared -- re-connecting with Hornblower seventy years later was a joyful experience -- Patrick McNee does a masterful job creating the voices of Hornblower and all the other characters in this novel -- each chapter of Forester's book were brought vividly to life for me -- I look forward to purchasing the remaining Hornblower books in the Audible library...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • William
    Ozark, AL, USA
    4/12/09
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    "Excellent book, poor recording"

    Where as the book is a wonderful classic, saddly the recording has places that the recording is weak and the pitch changes. Audible should review the book and upgrade the recording.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • TT
    NYC
    5/12/07
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    "Still fresh"

    I've read all the Hornblower books when I was young. I was afraid that listening now would have been a disappointment. It wasn't. The story was still gripping and the reader was engaging. I just wish the other books were also here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew R. Austin
    3/11/16
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    "Background noise on the recording"

    Or it could be a problem with the file but the second half was annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leo J.
    Boston MA USA
    27/04/16
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    "The reader is killing me...tell him not to bellow"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    the reader is not that great


    If you’ve listened to books by C.S. Forester before, how does this one compare?

    not as exciting.


    What didn’t you like about Patrick Macnee’s performance?

    Why does he have to act out orders? Most irritating. I'm really sick of him. boring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    29/01/16
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    "Narrator"

    Narrator reads the text like it is a child's fairy tail. It is extremely distracting. Also he has one voice for the crewmen.
    Story great but ruined by reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Akutan
    SLC, Ut
    17/01/16
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    "Really Disappointing"

    Of all the Horatio Hornblower book this is my favorite so I gave the story 3 stars because it is abridged. Listening, it felt more like a soap opera with all the extra background music. I wish they had the Christian Rodska version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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