The Happy Return : Horatio Hornblower (chronological order)

  • by C. S. Forester
  • Narrated by Christian Rodska
  • Series: Horatio Hornblower (chronological order)
  • 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Horatio Hornblower sails South American waters and comes face to face with a mad revolutionary in a novel that ripples with risk and gripping adventure. Throughout his escapades, Forester's hero remains resourceful and courageous.


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Customer Reviews

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Good audiobook brought to life by Christian Rodska

I have recently devoured probably everything by Bernard Cornwell, finishing with the "Sharpe" books and wanted something similar, and after some searching I found Hornblower.

And I am pleasantly surprised, being written in the 30s-50s, I had assumed they would be a bit old fashioned or Boys Own-ish but they feel modern and have a dry wit that is brought out superbly by Christian Rodska the narrator.

They are books with action and battles etc but there is a lot of depth to the story and good characterisation too.
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- A


Would you consider the audio edition of The Happy Return to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version. If I did, I would choose Kindle, because then I could instantly look up all the nautical terms. As it was, I consulted Wikipedia a few times.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hornblower himself - although a friend of mine says his self doubts become very annoying after a while.
I liked Wellesley's sister too, and her relationship with Hornblower.

What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

He's a one man cast. He has a great set of easily recognisable voices, including a credible Spanish accent, and very clear diction.
Amusingly, given how effortless his reading of the text is, he appears to struggle with the chapter numbers.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

If you've never read/listened to a Hornblower story, they are pretty much what you'd expect, done very well.

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- MR

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-10-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios