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    Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (Hornblower Saga)
    by C.S. Forester
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (30 September, 1984)
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    Reviews (64)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Great Series
    The Horatio Hornblower Series is my favorite group of books I've ever read.C.S. Forester gives an expert portrayal of life at sea in the 19th century Royal Navy that is too good to miss.If you like the great ships of the line of the 17th-19th century, you should read this series.

    About the book as an individual: MR MIDSHIPMAN HORNBLOWER is my favorite book out of the first three I've read.Why?The first book seems a lot longer and takes place over a MUCH longer time period than the others so far.And this is one of two of the books where Hornblower isn't a captain.I liked this book and if you like Master and Commander, sailing, the military, or the 19th century, you owe it to yourself to by this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure
    The "Horatio Hornblower" books cannot be beat for adventure, excitement, and historic depiction.These novels of the British navy during the Napoleonic wars depict a man of average, or even below average physical ability, who relies on his mind, struggles with moral issues, and wins through with courage and planning.Hornblower's success is often shown to stem from his productive activity -- his motto: "Do it now."Interestingly, Hornblower thinks he is a coward, even while he illustrates the true nature of courage -- he is embarrassed for being afraid in the face of danger, even while he leads the way.

    5-0 out of 5 stars C.S.Forrester at his best.
    After every movie about Horatio Hornblower, someone will ask
    if anything was ever written about Hornblowers early life.
    This IS the start of it all. This book is typical for the
    author, detail and nothing going on and then absolute terror.
    Hornblower's attempt at suicide is not only sad but original
    and the result of the attempt is classic.After you read this
    book, go on and read the rest of the Hornblower series.And if
    that is not enough for you, try Patrick O'brian.Enjoy. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0316289124
    Sales Rank: 16214
    Subjects:  1. 18th century    2. Action & Adventure    3. Fiction    4. Fiction - Historical    5. Great Britain    6. Historical - General    7. History, Naval    8. Hornblower, Horatio (Fictitiou    9. Hornblower, Horatio (Fictitious character)    10. Midshipmen    11. Sea & Ocean    12. Sea stories    13. Fiction / Adventure    14. Reading Group Guide   


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    The Hornblower Companion
    by C. S. Forester
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 March, 1999)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Essential for the Hornblower reader
    On reading the Hornblower adventure novels we are taking to coves, harbors, islands, and other places where Horatio Hornblower went during his illustrious career.One of the problems one encounters is that while the geographic descriptions in the novels are pretty good, it takes a good bit of imagination to follow the adventures around the real estate.The Companion solves this problem by providing maps of each scene of action and reference points to follow.Horatio would never have put to sea without a good map, and neither should you.The last half of the Companion is the "biographer's" story of how he came to write each novel.Frequently he was on a cruise or vacation somewhere and imagined sea battles taking place where his cruise ship now leisurely sailed.It's interesting to see how Horatio's life unfolded.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Gone through Hornblower and still hungry?
    We all are.This one will help, but you'll still be hungry.The Hornblower Companion is the best effort I've ever found to pull all the Hornblower books into a line and examine how they fit together.A reference book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Mental and Physical Shape of the Hornblower Plots!
    I would strongly recommend this book for any fan of the Hornblower novels.

    I have written my review for someone who has read most or all of the Hornblower novels.If you have not read most of the novels and plan to, do not read the rest of this review.This review may inadvertently spoil a future story for you, although I tried to avoid doing that.

    When I found this book, I did not know what to expect.I had noticed that some reviewers of the Horatio Hornblower novels seemed to have background on Forester's writing influences that I wished I had.I didn't know that those references were contained in an extended essay contained in the second half of this book, described as Author's Personal Notes, 1963, and Postscript, dated 1964.What a treat!

    Mr. Forester begins by showing a page of the long hand he used to draft the books.From there, he goes on to describe the general writing process that he favored for creating his novels.Then, he turns to the origins of Hornblower in his thinking.The book becomes even more fascinating as he explains the ways he developed each of the stories in the saga.I had always wondered why he did this in such an scattered chronology, but the essay makes it clear what the purposes were behind all of this seeming haphazardness.Knowing how tight many of the scrapes are into which Hornblower fell, you will marvel at how much thinking went into developing those fascinating scenarios.Mr. Forester also keeps a running background of the world events and activities in his own life (including illnesses) that played a role in his thinking.The postscript describes the development of the plot for the unfinished final novel, Hornblower During the Crisis.

    After reading the essay, I was pleased to realize that I could now understand many of the quirks in the novels.If you read the novels in order, his wife, Maria, barely exists.Yet in Beat to Quarters, you get all kinds of development of Lady Barbara as a character.Forester notes that Maria was an afterthought to an assumption that Hornblower was married in Beat to Quarters, and Mr. Forester treated poor Maria in just that way when he later wrote her in as a character.

    In the novels, there are many wonderful references to the Naval Chronicle, written by ships' officers to be read by other ships' officers, seamen and their families.Little did I know that reading old editions of the Chronicle was an important part of Mr. Forester's developing fascination with creating a fictional British naval officer hero for the Napoleonic years.

    In the first half of the book, you get a series of simple maps which employ the place names used in the relevant novels to locate where key events took place in each story.You can enjoy these maps while reading the novels, or refer to them to refresh your mind about the plots after you have not read the books in some time. This arrangement makes sense, so that you will not learn too much about what happens in the future to Hornblower if you read the books in the chronological order of Hornblower's fictional life, beginning with Mr. Midshipman Hornblower.The first map is an overview of all the routes of all Hornblower's fictional voyages.The subsequent twenty-nine maps go through each book in order of the action.I wish I had had these maps available while I was reading Hornblower and the Hotspur and Ship of the Line.They would have added to my enjoyment.The maps for the canal and the Thames for Hornblower and the Atropos are very interesting as well.

    Where else would it help to know the lay of the land and the issues involved before launching forward?Almost everywhere, I think.

    Before blundering around without a clue, be sure to check that the resources you need are not available to you!

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    Isbn: 1557503478
    Sales Rank: 70630
    Subjects:  1. (Cecil Scott),    2. 1899-1966    3. Characters    4. Forester, C. S    5. Historical fiction, English    6. History    7. History and criticism    8. History: American    9. Horatio Hornblower    10. Literature - Classics / Criticism    11. Literature and the wars    12. Military - Naval    13. Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815    14. Reference    15. Sea stories, English   


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    The Life and Times of Horatio Hornblower
    by C. Northcote Parkinson
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 October, 1998)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars You'll buy this because you can't help it
    If you are reading this you are a Hornblower addict, same as the rest of us.You need a fix.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well-written, utterly fascinating, and insightful.
    For fans of C.S. Forester's "Horatio Hornblower" series, this book is a must and a delight. Horatio Hornblower was a fictional British naval officer during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, and his adventures are fictionalized in the Forester novels.I believe that the Hornblower series constitutes the best sea adventures in all of literature. Horatio Hornblower is unforgettable, both in the novels and in Parkinson's "Life and Times..."

    This book is a great read. It contains fascinating little facts about Hornblower, but in my opinion the best part of the book is that it chronicles Hornblower's career in a manner that allows the reader to compare the reality (which this book presents)with Forester's wonderful stories. The result is absolutely engrossing. I always thought that in Forester's novels Hornblower had too many adventures for one real person to have had.Parkinson does a fine job of showing us that if anything, Hornblower's life was filled with even more adventure than presented in Forester's novels.

    Parkinson answers numerous other questions I always had about Hornblower, such as why Bush was not promoted after the South American voyage, what Lady Barbara was really like and, most important--how did Captain Sawyer come to fall down the hold on HMS Renown? This book answers these questions and others as best it can, and this adds to the book's fascination.

    Another thing to like about this book is that it does a good job of placing Hornblower within 19th Century British society. The Forester novels pretty much concentrate on Hornblower's sea adventures. American readers in particular will appreciate Parkinson's insights into the nature of the society in which Hornblower lived, and Horblower's place within it.

    The next sentence will possibly confuse some readers.This book is a work of fiction.

    This book is well-written, well-researched and is quite simply a book that every Hornblower afficianado will want to own, read, and re-read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Parkinson's "biography" of H. Hornblower a Real Pleasur
    I am an old hand at reading the Hornblower Series, having received the Book-of-the-Month Club offering of the first three novels back before WWII.Since then I have acquired all of the rest and have read them many times.Parkinson's fictional biography, which I acquired in 1972, is so well, and meticulously,written that it's difficult to believe Hornblower is fictional.However, this is a book for the devotee of the novels.It does "fill in the gaps" in the hero's life as well as providing the social and political setting in which the actions occur.It does not give the full details about HH's character, method of approaching and solving problems, or other essentials of his character as do the novels themselves.I recommend anyone new to HH, read the novels first before reading this book. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0750921099
    Sales Rank: 410420
    Subjects:  1. Admirals    2. Biography & Autobiography    3. Biography/Autobiography    4. Fiction    5. Fiction - Historical    6. Historical - General    7. Hornblower, Horatio (Fictitious character)    8. Movie-TV Tie-In - General    9. Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815    10. Sea & Ocean   


    Master and Commander (Aubrey/Maturin)
    by Patrick O'Brian
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 November, 1994)
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    The opening salvo of theAubrey-Maturin epic, in which the surgeon introduces himself to the captain by driving an elbow into his ribs during a chamber-music recital. Fortunately for millions of readers, the two quickly make up. Then they commence one of the greatliterary voyages of our century, set against an immaculately-detailed backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. This is the place to start--and in all likelihood, you won't be able to stop. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, A must-read
    Excellent Book, A must-read for fans of seafaring literature; next to Horatio Hornblower, this series is one of the best.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beat to quarters!
    After going to see the movie (twice, and tonight will be the third), and spending this fall sailing around the Potomac river, I had to buy this book to complete the picture. I was not disapointed - this book was amazing. However, I did have to shift gears a bit in order to better enjoy it. At no time was I without a dictionary, and a big thick one with lots of old archaic words in it, and even then, certain words and phrases managed to elude my best efforts to decipher. Nevertheless, I approached this book the way I approach Science Fiction, which is to say that though I don't know exactly how a Tri-beta Implosion Drive works, I nevertheless trust that it does work and keep reading. The following is a list of good and bad points to the book (and the good far out-weigh the bad, if you ask me).
    Good points:
    1) The historical accuracy, or what I'd like to believe is accurate, is incredible. I learned more about naval life, 19th century life, the scientific mindset and the origin of words in this one book than in all the hundreds of other books I've ever read. Admittedly, this is only my second "historical" novel, the first being The Alienist by Calib Carr (excellent book too!).
    2) The action, the battles! The Strategery! This was amazing, and finely captured by the movie.
    3) The "feel": I loved the feeling I got when he got his boat, how he walked around looking for ways to improve it, the need to test it out and "see what this baby can do". I loved the creaking of the timbers and the groan of yardarms under sail, the smell of gunpowerder and slow matches, and most importantly, the smell of blood, the hunt and the triumph of the kill. And yeah, I did feel a little guilty about wanting those other boats to get shot up, knowing that people were going to die - not to mention silly for feeling this way about a book. Realialistic, eh?
    4) Another thing I liked was the way the men looked up to Jack and Stephen for their amazing luck and skill, respectively. It was kind of interesting to see how a person becomes a master of men. Dammit, this book was just plain interesting altogether.
    5) A lot of reviewers deride the book because it doesn't seem to have a plot - I say good riddence! This book doesn't need a plot - or rather, the whole book is the plot, and they can't see the forest for the trees. All Jack Aubrey does is cruise around the French/Spanish Coast looking for trouble, and I'm oh-so-fine with that. There's also a lot of getting to know the characters going on, and that'll be important for the next nineteen books.
    BAD POINTS:
    1) One thing I didn't like was the unexpected jumps in time. One minute Jack is eating dinner, the next he's 200 miles away in Malta - or worse, heading BACK from Malta, having finished whatever he was doing.
    2) I'm a big fan of the archaic words and terms, however, when the plot is about to twist in an important direction or there's a necessary transition that the audience really should be aware of, I really wish Patrick O'Brien would forgive my American Public School education for just a paragraph or two so that I could catch on to what he's trying to convey. The good news is, I've either caught up with his style or he's dumbed Post Captain, the next book, down since writing the first. It reads a whole lot easier, and I'm still expanding my vocabulary a bit - but I'll save that for my next review.
    3) The book ended - that was kind of a bummer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant
    I read master and Commander as quickly as possible, and was well and truly stumped.
    I liked the characters, found the detailed portrayal of life aboard ship to be extremely interesting, and enjoyed much of the humor of the book.But there was something really curious and elusive about the storytelling.In the first place, the heroes are mere observers of the climactic sea battle, having been captured earlier, which seemed especially curious for an adventure story.Even more disconcerting was the sense that I lacked much of the background information that the author expected the reader to bring to the novel.It seemed as if O'Brian expected you to already be familiar with much of the early 19th century naval terminology, with the intricacies of the Napoleonic Wars, and with the culture, customs and language of the day.It was like listening to a comedian and only understanding one out of every two or three jokes--you titter nervously and you can follow along thanks to context, but it's a tad humiliating.I did like it enough to read the next though, Post Captain, and as I did, the joke finally dawned on me.

    Patrick O'Brian writes these novels so that they could be read, understood, and enjoyed by the characters who populate them.The reason that they so effectively transport us to another time and place is because they seem to have been written there and then.His mission here is not to explain that epoch to us, but to present it for our consideration, nearly unadorned by modern sensibilities.He writes as if he were actually a contemporary of his heroes and the books have the quality, not of historical novels at all, but instead of classic tales newly rediscovered.Thanks to this unusual style, O'Brian is more often compared to Jane Austen than to C. S. Forester.

    I don't mean to mislead anyone; the books aren't for all tastes and, even if you love them, O'Brian'smanner can be frustrating--you sometimes wish you had an interpreter.But once you figure out what he's doing, if you accept the technique, you're in for a real treat.The writing is outstanding.The setting is endlessly interesting.Aubrey, the bluff and hearty sea captain, and Maturin, the vulpine doctor and spy, make for a classic pairing of steadfast opposites, in the tradition of Holmes and Watson.It is not easy reading but it is rewarding and once you read a couple, you'll be hooked.And be warned, before he died earlier this year, O'Brian had completed twenty novels in the series, so you'll be hooked for a good long time.

    ... Read more

    Isbn: 0393037010
    Subjects:  1. 19th century    2. Fiction    3. Fiction - Historical    4. Great Britain    5. Historical - General    6. History, Naval    7. Naval history    8. Modern fiction    9. Reading Group Guide   


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    Nelson's Navy: The Ships, Men and Organization, 1793-1815
    by Brian Lavery
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (14 February, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars This One's Easy
    As you will infer from the other reviews, rating this book is a snap: it ain't got no five-star average for nothing!If you're interested in Nelson's Navy and this fascinating period of history, just order the book and get on with your life.Until it arrives, that is, and then you'll have to drop everything else and delight in its reading.Nothing less than the epitome of a well-written, illustrated history.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nelson's Navy the ship, men and organization 1793-1815
    The text is wonderful and informative. The reason I gave it a four star rating instead of five is that I would like to have seen the illustrations in color, but don't let that stop you from getting this great book. As stated by Patrick O'Brian in the Forward of this book "You name it, Nelson's Navy has it."

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best single book on the subject
    If you are truly interested in the Navy of Lord Nelson and all the various aspects of its functioning and operation, this is THE book to own.It's hard to imagine a better book on this topic ever being written - it's that good.If you enjoy Civil War navies, there are two companion volumes in the same "series" by the same publisher.Lincoln's Navy and The Confederate Navy.Both from Conway.Excellent books, all. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0870212583
    Sales Rank: 185325
    Subjects:  1. 18th century    2. 19th century    3. Great Britain    4. Great Britain.    5. History    6. History - Military / War    7. Military    8. Military - Napoleonic Wars    9. Military - Naval    10. Naval History - Modern    11. Royal Navy   


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    Horatio Hornblower- The Complete Adventures
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    DVD (24 September, 2002)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars fantastic! simply fantastic!
    the whole series is very very good. i don't want to say too much about this. just watch it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Superb on all counts!
    This captivating mini-series has everything you would want in an adventure series: gallantry, intelligence, plots that engage your imagination, characters that you care about and actors that are at the top of their form.

    The historic and naval details are just enough to make you appreciate the authenticity of the series, but does not bog down the plot with too much minutiae.

    The script is witty, and compelling and not a word is wasted or meaningless.Every word out of Pellew's mouth is a gem and every look on Horatio's, Archie's or Bush's face speaks volumes.

    The cast will soon become favorites whom you will look for in other films, but their work in HH may just be their best ever.

    I suggest that you buy the series, because one viewing of this magnificent series, is not enough.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very, VeryWell Done

    I just read the Hornblower novels and happened to see "Loyalty" on my on demand cable.I was blown away and then learned that there were seven more episodes, so I purchased this set.This has to be the best mini-series I have ever seen.Its production standards are almost equal to a feature movie, including the sets, the photography, the actors, the costumes, etc.My wife, who has no interest in the royal navy, even got hooked.

    Don't hesitate to purchase these DVDs, especially if you have read the Hornblower novels.Even if you haven't, you may well decide to read them after watching this series. ... Read more

    Asin: B00006FD8S
    Sales Rank: 1832
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    Horatio Hornblower - The New Adventures (Loyalty / Duty)
    Director: Andrew Grieve
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    DVD (16 December, 2003)
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    Dashing Ioan Gruffud stars as dashing Horatio Hornblower, unparalleledBritish naval hero, in two more delightful episodes from the A&E series.In Loyalty, a peace with France has left Hornblower decommissionedand short on funds. Only the help of his landlady's daughter Maria(heartbreaking Julie Sawalha, Absolutely Fabulous) keeps him frombeing kicked out into the street. Fortunately for our hero, Napoleon'sarmies are afoot, and Hornblower soon finds himself sailing to France incommand of the Hotspur, grappling with Irish traitors and Frenchskullduggery. Duty picks up where Loyalty leaves off;Hornblower marries Maria with some ambivalence, but the day after hiswedding sails for the coast of France to find a missing ship. Afterrescuing a supposedly Swiss man and his American wife in a storm,Hornblower finds himself caught between an old foe in France and diplomatsin England. Though the derring-do is sometimes melodramatic, HoratioHornblower swiftly becomes engrossing and suspenseful. Credit is dueto smart scripts, efficient direction, Gruffud's heroically curly hair,and a superb supporting cast, including Robert Lindsay and Paul McGann(Withnail and I). --Bret Fetzer ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars fantastic! simply fantastic!
    the story never becomes boring. storyline, acting, directing, stunt, make-up...everything is good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Brittania still rules the waves
    About time for A&E to come to the rescue and save us from boring and useless network TV. Mr. Gruffudd shows us once again why the series is a hit. It doesn't matter that he still looks to young to command a ship . In real life Horation Nelson was commanding a ship at the age of 20!!!. In watching the series one must realize that at 18th century England there was a war time and a peacetime Navy. He (Hornblower) as a low career officer would have to wait to be assigned. Captains with years of service comes first. So you must dispel that it was always at sea and never being on land notion that one haves while watching the series.I am still waiting for the next installment of Hornblower. This still ranks with the best.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must See Movie
    Ioan Gruffud IS Horatio Hornblower, to a fault. But blimey! He marries his landlady's daughter Maria? Bloody awful! I half expected the bloke to marry a demure lovely Keira Knightley type. His ladylove is at least 8 years his senior, and perhaps this explains his desperation to return to the briny deep? And, come on! What kind of a name is "Horrie?" Every time Maria said it, I cringed. I was also concerned by Irish traitors and French skullduggery in an otherwise riveting move -and what about Horatio's Gawd bloody awful treatment of his crew? His poor cook bore the brunt of a traitor's treachery.
    Credit goes NOT just to smart scripts, good direction, and the supporting cast including Robert Lindsay and Paul McGann; Gruffud's shocking good looks make him an instant HIT. Another hero to commend is GREG WISE-- as a jumped up Frenchman turncoat his acting was STUPENDOUS. Good job Greg! Keep up the good work! Jolly good show! ... Read more

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    The Bounty
    Director: Roger Donaldson
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    DVD (21 November, 2000)
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    Director Roger Donaldson (Thirteen Days) has breathed vibrant new life into the classic story of the mutiny on the Bounty. With a dream cast--Mel Gibson, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Laurence Olivier, Liam Neeson, and Daniel Day-Lewis--and a script by Robert Bolt (Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia), The Bounty takes a revisionist tack through the well-charted waters of an oft-told tale. Hopkins's Captain Bligh is no raving sadist in the Charles Laughton mode. (Laughton played Bligh in the first Mutiny on the Bounty, 1935.) Instead, Sir Anthony plays Bligh as a hard-nosed imperialist explorer simply trying to get the job done in the time-honored manner: on the backs of the poor gobs under his command. Still, when Bligh's suppressed powder keg of rage finally blows, Hopkins is formidable indeed. Mel Gibson gives one of the most soulful performances of his career as mutiny leader Fletcher Christian. He's also at the height of his blue-eyed, buff good looks, and his romance with Tahitian maiden Mauatua (lovely Tevaite Vernette) is decidedly erotic. Liam Neeson is a veritable force of nature as the scrappy seaman Charles Churchill, and Daniel Day-Lewis is sublimely hateful as Master John Fryer, a pompous toady. With special effects to rival those of The Perfect Storm, the alluring eye candy of a tall-masted schooner under full sail, lush tropical greenery, and bevies of bodacious South Sea Islands babes, plus a gripping story line, The Bounty deserves a rescue from undeserved obscurity. --Laura Mirsky ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars The Bounty
    "The Bounty" probably comes closer to the truth than "Mutiny on the Bounty".The mystery of what actually happened on the bounty is told is a series of incidents leading up to, and after that fatal day.What is lacking is the reason why the men were kept in such idleness when the bottom of the cutter had rotted, and why they did not further chart islands around the area as the gardners prepared the breadfruit for shipping.As hard as this version tries to extract a shred of justification for Christian, it fails to consider life of a "jack" on the high seas in one of HMS ships during the 18 Century.4 stars are for adventure.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Arrgh!Mutiny's afoot, Captain!
    Wow!What a great high seas adventure.Countless times retold and in as many ways, The Bounty is the ultimate portrayal of life aboard the Armed Vessel Bounty.An all-star cast, including Anthony Hopkins, Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson and Sir Lawrence Olivier navigate this film through it's stormy storyline of loyalty lost and mutiny found.

    Mel Gibson brings a career-best performance as British Naval Officer Fletcher Christian, who has agreed to sail to Tahiti aboard The Bounty under the command of Lt. William Bligh (Hopkins).Their friendship comes undone as Bligh becomes increasingly intolerant of his crew's behavior while at port in Tahiti.Christian leads a mutiny and sets Bligh adrift.In spite of starvation, thirst and bad sunburn, Bligh demonstates his naval supremacy by sailing his dinghy to a French port, thereby saving himself and the few men who would not mutiny.Christian eventually contends with a near-mutinous crew of his own before finding Pitcairns Island, his final port-of-call before his uncertain demise.

    Let me just say that the cinematography of this movie is magical.The scenes at sea and in Tahiti are absolutely beautiful.Hopkins plays convincingly as an over-achieving, demanding ship's Captain.And, contrary to a couple of reviewers, I absolutely loved the musical score by Vangelis.It provided a hauntingly mesmerising theme to the adventure and danger of crossing vast seas in the 1700's.

    Well worth watching, this film, 20+years old, is still one of the best naval-themed movies ever.I found it more exciting than Master and Commander.And, the fact it's based on a true story makes it even more irresistable.4+stars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
    This movie manages to portray Lieutenant Bligh in a much more sympathetic (and historically accurate) light. Instead of the 'control freak' monster portrayed in earlier films, we see a man with poor interpersonal skills who is nevertheless trying to be a good leader. We also see what an outstanding seaman and navigator he was as he steered the launch boat across the ocean to safety after he was cast adrift.
    Roger Donaldson has focused on the difficulties of ship life during the 1700's and shown the tensions that can so easily arise living such a precarious life. Tensions that, in the case of the Bounty, led to the infamous mutiny
    Featuring such names as Anthony Hopkins (Bligh), Mel Gibson (Christian), Liam Neeson, Daniel Day Lewis, to name but a few, this is a film that is well worth watching. The atmospheric soundtrack by Vangelis adds to the experience. Highly recommended.
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    Asin: B00004Y87L
    Subjects:  1. Feature Film-action/Adventure   


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    Shanties & Songs of the Sea
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (28 September, 1999)
    list price: $7.98 -- our price: $7.98
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Well done and most enjoyable!
    100% Pure sea shanty sung with true feeling in a traditional manner!A bunch of familiar halyard, pump, capstan, hauling shanties (`Blow the Man Down', `South Australia', `The Bulgine Run', `Blood Red Roses', `The Wild Goose' and more) along with a well-performed selection of some other sea songs like `Old Maui', `Dogger Bank', `Sailor's Prayer', etc.

    This CD offers good, pleasing harmony and solo male vocals throughout, all well recorded and engineered.If you're expecting any instrumental accompaniment you won't find it here but it doesn't detract a whit from these recordings.

    If you like traditional sea shanties, add this to your collection.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Sailors of old music
    If you like the sailing music of the clipper ships of old, then this music brings you on board today.You feel as if you are actually sailing with the old sailors lugging heavy ropes, etc.
    Thanks for a great CD.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Songs
    Music: 5 stars.
    Packaging: Not so much.

    I was disappointed when the CD insert didn't have the lyrics to the songs.The lyrics and an explanation of some of the sailing terms would have been ideal (raise your hand if you know what "jubeju" means).Even looking them up online is tricky since there seems to be a lot of variations on these songs.

    But the songs are great.I especially like the fact that there is no musical accompaniment, it really gives it a feel of sailors singing as it would have been.I've bought some otherCD's similar to this and they all use instruments that makes them sound less like sailing songs and more like folk music.

    This type of thing is totally out of character for the types of stuff I normally like, but it's hard NOT to like Blow the Man Down as sung here.I confess to singing some of these songs myself when nobody is looking and I'm doing the dishes or something else noisy.:)

    So it's a shame about the missed opportunity to turn this into something special by giving us a good CD insert, but the CD itself is fantastic. ... Read more

    Asin: B00001OHA5
    Sales Rank: 34688
    Subjects:  1. Folk & Traditional    2. Pop    3. Traditional Folk   


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