Flying Colours (Horatio Hornblower Series #8)

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This seafaring tale, now abridged for audio, is read by Ioan Grufford, star of the "Hornblower" television series.
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Overview

This seafaring tale, now abridged for audio, is read by Ioan Grufford, star of the "Hornblower" television series.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Forester's saga about the fictional British naval hero of the Napoleonic Wars, Horatio Hornblower, has long been popular and is likely soon to become even more so--thanks to a lavish British miniseries headed to the United States. With intelligent, carefully crafted plots and riveting action, all 11 Hornblower novels make ideal audiobooks, and Flying Colours (1938) is no exception--especially with Christian Rodska's able reading. Its story immediately follows Ship of the Line, which ends with Hornblower disabling four enemy ships and surrendering his own wrecked ship to the French in a Spanish port. While Hornblower and his crippled first lieutenant are taken overland to Paris for trial and almost certain execution, they stage a daring escape. However, Hornblower is torn by the knowledge that even if he returns to England, he faces court-martial and may be executed anyway for surrendering his ship. Though set mostly on land, this novel never lacks for excitement, and its conclusion may be the most gratifying of any in the Hornblower series.-Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754002529
  • Publisher: Sound Library
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Series: Horatio Hornblower Series
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Cassettes, unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Meet the Author

C. S. Forester
One of the most popular adventure novelists ever, C.S. Forester delighted readers with his Horatio Hornblower series of nautical historical novels, which follow the career of a brave captain in the Napoleonic wars. Forester also created a great love story in The African Queen, the basis for the John Huston film of the same name.

Biography

C. S. Forester (1899 - 1966) wrote several novels with military and naval themes, including The African Queen, The Barbary Pirates, The General, The Good Shepherd, The Gun, The Last Nine Days of the "Bismarck" and Rifleman Dodd. But Forester is best known as the creator of Horatio Hornblower, a British naval genius of the Napoleonic era, whose exploits and adventures on the high seas Forester chronicled in a series of eleven acclaimed historical novels. Over the years, Hornblower has proved to be one of the most beloved and enduring fictional heroes in English literature, his popularity rivaled only by Sherlock Holmes.

Born Cecil Louis Troughton Smith in Cairo, Egypt, Forester grew up in London. At the start of World War II, he traveled on behalf of the British government to America, where he produced propaganda encouraging the United States to remain on Britain's side. After the War, Forester remained in America and made Berkeley, California, his home.

The character of Horatio Hornblower was born after Forester was called to Hollywood to write a pirate film. While the script was being drafted, another studio released Captain Blood, starring Errol Flynn, based on the same historical incidents about which Forester was writing. Rather than seek another movie project, and to avoid an impending paternity suit, Forester jumped aboard a freighter bound for England. By the end of the voyage he had outlined Beat to the Quarters, which introduced the now legendary character Hornblower, Bush, and Lady Barbara.

Forester died in 1966 while working on Hornblower During the Crisis.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Cecil Louis Troughton Smith (real name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 27, 1899
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cairo, Egypt
    1. Date of Death:
      April 2, 1966
    2. Place of Death:
      Berkeley, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Great book, but poorly served

    This is the third of the classic "Captain Horatio Hornblower" trilogy. It isa marvelous story, and deepens the familier characters, and intoduces wonderful new characters. The book should have 5 stars, but the inexplicable absence of the other two books of the trilogy for Nook users. Get the books for the Nook now!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    What happened to books 5 & 6?

    Ebooks jumps from book 5 to book 8. I am not happy. And proofread

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Doesn't work with NOOK COLOR. B&N knows, but still has it for purchase.

    Doesn't work with NOOK COLOR. B&N knows, but still has it for purchase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2004

    Great story line. Could not put the book down.

    This book is set after is surrender. He is on his way to Paris to be killed for war crimes. he ends up excaping with Brown and Bush. They avoid capture and end up retaking a shipfor the French and make a clean get away. This end up making him a hero that is much need at the time. In the end he is knighted by the king.

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