An Infamous Army : Alastair Trilogy

  • by Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by Claire Higgins
  • Series: Alastair Trilogy
  • 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1815, beneath the aegis of the Army of Occupation, Brussels is the gayest town in Europe. And the widow Lady Barbara Childe, renowned for being as outrageous as she is beautiful, is at the centre of all that is fashionable and light-hearted. When she meets Charles Audley, dashing aide-de-camp to the great Duke of Wellington himself, her joie de vivre knows no bounds - until the eve of the fateful Battle of Waterloo...

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Outstanding

Heyer has created a remarkable story that ultimately provides a very accurate and complete accounting of the Battle of Waterloo within the context of the human relationships that were an integral part of the battle. Her main characters are very well drawn, each having many layers of complexity and showing considerable character development.

In An Infamous Army, Heyer has taken characters from two of her other novels, These Old Shades and Devil's Cub, and woven a tale from the next generation. All three are witty, highly entertaining and well-written, but this one weaves in to a much greater extent the history of the period and of, course, the battle. In my opinion, there is no better way to study history than to examine the feelings and decisions of the people who experienced it, and this book is outstanding from this perspective. I highly recommend it and would only recommend to Audible that a separate list of characters would be immensely hepful. However, the narrator does an outstanding job that enables the listener to keep them all straight and her French accent is excellent. For those who enjoy historical fiction and fine writing, this is an exceptional find.
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- Carol T. Carr

a visit to the battlefield

An Infamous Army is a serious recounting of the battle of Waterloo, with an incidental relationship between a soldier and a pettish beauty around the edges (and unfortunately also featuring the wooden Worth and irritatingly-tamed Judith from Regency Buck). One of Heyer's substantial works, rather than in her light romantic vein. It's more likely to send you looking for a website showing the uniforms of Wellington's various soldiers than into a swoon. The account of the battle is mesmerizing and completely horrible. Unless you are made of very stern stuff, you'll weep buckets. Painstakingly researched and very well read.
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- Marina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-29-2006
  • Publisher: Audible Studios