Friday, 29 August 2008


My Review

Once again this is not a book review, but rather a review of an entire old radio series available for download for free from the internet archive.

This series is as the name suggests the retelling of the Horatio Hornblower stories, presented here as a series of half hour shows.

It is old time radio so there are some issues with the noise on the recording, but this is in the form of hiss and crackle and not the killer loss the higher frequencies we sometimes get.

The story is of course excellent, presented here as a series of memories of the aged Hornblower told as he thinks back. After the aged Hornblowers intro the action switches into full audio drama format. It is very well done and a delight for any fans of the sea.

This set of recordings is a little mixed up. There are even a couple that come from a differn't series but still telling the Hornblower story, I believe these came from the BBC.

This series is well worth a listen, high action, high fun.

Reading 2/3 ( would be 3 but for the hiss )
Production 2/3
Story 3/3

Total Score 7/9

Available from the Internet Archive

Listen to the first show on the list.