The Girl Who Fought Napoleon

  • by Linda Lafferty
  • Narrated by Kathleen Gati
  • 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a sweeping story straight out of Russian history, Tsar Alexander I and a courageous girl named Nadezhda Durova join forces against Napoleon.
It's 1803, and an adolescent Nadya is determined not to follow in her overbearing Ukrainian mother's footsteps. She's a horsewoman, not a housewife. When Tsar Paul is assassinated in St. Petersburg and a reluctant and naive Alexander is crowned emperor, Nadya runs away from home and joins the Russian cavalry in the war against Napoleon. Disguised as a boy and riding her spirited stallion, Alcides, Nadya rises in the ranks, even as her father begs the tsar to find his daughter and send her home.
Both Nadya and Alexander defy expectations - she as a heroic fighter and he as a spiritual seeker - while the battles of Austerlitz, Friedland, Borodino, and Smolensk rage on.
In a captivating tale that brings Durova's memoirs to life, from bloody battlefields to glittering palaces, two rebels dare to break free of their expected roles and discover themselves in the process.

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Brilliant! I think this is a 10!

I had no expectations of this book other than that it would be a Loosely constructed novel about Russian history. It turned into a miraculous combination of history, myth, memoir, and romance. I don't even like romance! This was the most beautifully explained beautifully detailed experience for anyone who loves historical " you are there " memoir accounts. I will never do this book Justice in my commentary, but you must read it. Male or female this is a great book. I will seek out this author immediately because I respect so much the work she did to put this together. I loved this book!!!
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- lisa stevens

History at it's finest

A must read for history lovers. A well written and informative look into the Romanov dynasty, the hardships of war and the consequences it brings.
The story is about a woman disguised as a male, who joined the Russian military during the Napoleonic Wars.

The only qualm I have is trying to rap my head around how the main character was able to hide the fact she was a woman living with all military males. Especially in the 1800's on the Russian steppes. No privacy, lack of hygiene and living in tents with her male counterparts. How'd she do it?
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- Esta Sue

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-20-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio