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(Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order #1-11 box)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  1,542 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Paperback, 3420 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Krüger, Frankfurt (first published 1981)
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Jun 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I read the complete Horatio Hornblower series and enjoyed every single book. The series is a fictionalized history of the Royal Navy during the Napoleanic era. I greatly admired the character Horatio Hornblower, who kept his integrity intact while advancing while advancing from midshipman to Lord. (...Infinitely superior to the Captain Jack Aubry character found in Master and Commander.)
D.M. Kenyon
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am a nut for C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower series. I have read all them twice. First, there is the impeccable detail that Forester brings to life in the British Navy in the early 19th Century. His understanding of ships and sailors is outstanding such that it these books are a window into history.

Second, there are the story lines. No other historical fiction that I have read compares to the swashbuckling tales of Hornblower as he climbs the ranks of the British Navy. Again, the detail is
Angela Clayton
Jul 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
I love everything about these books: adventure, calculated daring, tall ships, and duty without nationalism. Horatio Hornblower's heroism is underscored by his calculated approach to problems.
Dec 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who reads fiction in English
Recommended to Stven by: many
These are some of the best books ever. One summer when I had time on my hands for reading I dug into these, and they are so good that I read them all twice. The pacing is wonderful, the detail about life on a British ship in the Age of Sail is engrossing, our hero Hornblower is a fascinating mass of brilliance and insecurity, and our author never loses sight of the fact that he is writing a story and wants us to keep turning the pages. I recommend that you read the books in the order they were w ...more
Richard Larraga
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction at its best! Tracing Hornblower's career from midshipman to Lord, the series pulls you into the life of a British sailor and shows you not just the hardships endured, but the horror of battle, and the glory to be one. Hornblower is a character of great depth, not a two-dimensional hero. He's tone deaf, and scared of heights, but overcomes his limitations for the good of his crew and his duty to King and country. A must read for anyone who is fascinated with the days of sailing ...more
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Though these are older books (classics even!), they hold up well with plenty of action and intrigue to move things along. I read somewhere that Hornblower was an inspiration for the original Star Trek series, and I believe it. If you like intelligent but flawed protagonists, these are worth a try. And they are a must read for fans of naval literature.
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent adventure series. 11 books! Follows Horatio for 50+ years so the reader feel they get to know him, through good decisions and bad. He is a "real person" in the sense that he is not a flat character who - only does good, always wins, gets the girl, beats the bad guy -He has internal struggles, and personality quirks, but also bouts of genius, bravery, enviable qualities as well.
Jul 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Gosh I love a good yarn. As was the fashion half a century ago, the books start off slowly, but the character of Horatio Hornblower is such a good hearted, sympathetic, sometimes unlucky, well written hero, you should plow through the writing just to get to know him. Book #11 is the best because he finally gets his girl, though not without some trials thrown in the mix.
Mar 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Love Horatio. I love action novels and these books are classic. I can't tell you how fun they are. My husband loves the story and we have watched the AE series religiously about these books.
Scott Reid
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Horatio Hornblower: Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, C.S. Forester: A few years back I bought a copy of "Captain Horatio Hornblower," a 1951 color film with Gregory Peck. It was a movie I had seen when I was a kid and have fond memories. (Don't hold your 21st Century movie standards against it.) Anyway, seeing it led me to look up the books by C.S. Forster, and I was happy to discover there are a number of books in the Horatio Hornblower series, that I had my wife get me for Christmas.

Susan Skylark
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first two books are a little slow and probably the least interesting of the series, but then it never looks back. Well written and a keen study of a brilliant though flawed mind, immersed in a world so real you can almost feel the spray on your cheek. I'm not a history buff, I don't read historical novel, I'm not a fan of naval adventures, but the main character is intriguing, even if you want to slap him at times, but his brilliance and boldness are addicting, as is the adventure and edge o ...more
Eldon Callaway
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have read the entire series a number of times and find new things with each read. Forester mastered describing naval terms for the common reader so you could see what was going on. Weaving a fictional character into the time of Admiral Nelson was genius.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this series when I was in vacation on Martha's Vineyard many years ago. I never thought it would be that interesting, but I was so wrong. C.S. Forrester's series was so good, I ended up reading many of the books in this series. A&E turned them into a TV series.
Fred Herlihy
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
First 7 or so books are good. Goes down hill fast
Joe Stack
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent swashbuckling series that is best read in chronological order.
Mark Yorkston
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved his sense of self doubt and how he drove himself.
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable series
Craig DiLouie
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while, a lucky reader encounters a series of books they just can’t read fast enough. These books aren’t read so much as inhaled.

That was the experience I had enjoying the HORNBLOWER series by C.S. Forester. Wow, what a ride. I plowed through the entire series of 11 books in no time.

I was drawn to the books after watching the fun miniseries starring Ioan Gruffudd, which were based on three of the novels. The miniseries took a great deal of license with the
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, fiction
1st Book; Horatio Hornblower, Midshipman; finished reading 8/26/12; rated 4 stars; looking forward to the rest of them.

2nd Book; Lieutenant Hornblower; finished reading 11/7/12; rated 5 stars; I think even better than the first; interesting that most of the book was from Lieutenant Bush's perspective.

3rd Book; Hornblower and the Hotspur; finished reading 11/11/12; rated 4 stars; just as good as the others. This book is 3rd chronologically within the series, but was actual
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Headstrong Bravado in the Royal Navy!"

In CS Forester's first book of the now famous HORATIO HORNBLOWER series, the resourceful hero acquires his sea legs--plus the respect of some of his superiors and peers. Young, unpredictable, quick to anger and self-reproach, he grows to love the life of a seaman in majesty's 18th century service. When not outsmarting the Frogs or the Dons, HH dazzles seasoned naval officers with incredible daring and brazen foolhardiness--which often succeed! A
Dec 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Its not very often I have this much fun reading. 'In storm, in flame, in blood, and in love, the plot unfolds.' from the Christian Science Monitor. Wow. Have you ever had that feeling when something just tailor-made for you drops out of the sky? I mean, really? I haven't been able to put this series down..but to summarize, C.S. Foreseter's hero, Horatio Hornblower, is a British Naval Officer in the Royal Fleet whose country is fighting for its life against Napoleon. Hornblower is a unique figure ...more
Adrian Colesberry
Apr 10, 2009 rated it liked it
I read all these books in the fifth grade I think. Maybe it was later, but I think I read them in grade school still. I loved. I was so sad when I got to the last of them and learned that there were no more. But you must know that there is so much violence in these books. And the whippings and canings over cannons and the keel-haulings and the "whippings around the fleet" where they continue to punish an obviously dead man just to execute the order are all paced at erotic-novel-style intervals. ...more
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this one 5 stars, because it was indeed a 5 star experience at the time I read it (the 7th and 8th grades, I believe). And from what I remember, I read every one in this series up to 'Admiral' Hornblower--a jolly good read!

This was a good set and I seem to have been quite aware at the time that this fiction was of a grand sort; historically accurate minus the personal details of the protagonist and his coterie--quite a voyage back into a romantic era. I also read Forester's 'The Dest
Kathy Dunn
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Adventures in the British Navy during the Napoleonic wars. Didn't want to enter each of the books separately, as I read them all some time ago. The early books are awesome although some of the later ones get a bit tedious in places. I liked the protagonist much more than Jack Aubry in the "Master & Commander" series (which I also have read), though this is at least in part because I could relate more to Horatio's brainy awkwardness than Jack Aubry's muscular bluster. A fair amount of detail ...more
Mike Perry
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the quintessential british naval hero. Although a somewhat difficult guy to get to know, the reader is inside his head and can see that he is always motivated by honor and duty. Although a kind of archetype, he is still relatable since you also share in his worry and self-doubt. Constant action and the ability to describe the ship and sea without losing you, these books make you want to learn more about the time that England ruled the waves, and made an empire on which the sun never set.
Aug 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I love historical fiction, especially ones that take place on or by an ocean. (Except for the mistress parts) I really enjoyed reading these books. C.S. Forester did a good job pulling in the reader to sympathize and feel for Horatio Hornblower. He also taught history as we learn about some of the battles fought in the Napoleonic Wars. Hornblower was a humble man who through logical deduction, hard work, and taking his licks, became a great person in the eyes of his country.
Nov 13, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
I read this series before tackling the O'Brien series. I was so taken with the TV series, that I hunted down the books and read the entire series. Quite honestly, most of them weren't worth it. There were a few, notably "Beat to Quarters", that were excellent. As the series progressed, I liked the main character less and less, and the writing also became poorer and poorer, rather like a cartoonist who has run out of ideas and is cobbling together material just to make a sale.
Greg Lang
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully written series of books about one exceptional man as he rises through the ranks in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars from a boy until he reaches retirement. Historical fiction filled with interesting and dynamic characters including some actual historical figures. Exciting plots, plenty of action and colorful adversaries. These books will transport the reader to another time.
Aug 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy historical fiction books. This is a much more light-hearted type. Full of nautical terms galore and if you love sailing or love to be at sea you'll love how Horatio deals with coming onto a ship at a much older age and dealing with all the choices that he has to deal with-while keeping his honor, his integrity. these are a great and easy read. In addition, BBC put together 6 movies based off of these books. They are very enjoyable movies staring my hunk, Ioan Grufford.
Feb 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Read these books a few years ago after watching the A&E/BBC miniseries movies. (They did such a great job - don't let the name scare you away!) From my memory, I especially liked the first three books or so. I have all the movies if anyone wants to borrow them.... Brett and I consider them "compromise movies" for date night because both of us like them! :)
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Cecil Scott Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith, an English novelist who rose to fame with tales of adventure and military crusades. His most notable works were the 11-book Horatio Hornblower series, about naval warfare during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen (1935; filmed in 1951 by John Huston). His novels A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours were jointly awarded the 1938 James Tait Black M ...more

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Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • Hornblower During the Crisis
  • Hornblower and the Atropos
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  • Commodore Hornblower
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