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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A good book

Totally engage ing and I learned some history.At first I thought it would be a girly book and nearly sent it back,but it caught me and I was absorbed.
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- Temahoa Love

Love the story but not the reader

Where does The Girl Who Fought Napoleon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Somewhere in the middle

Did Kathleen Gati do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, but often she reads too slowly and deliberately so that it sounds as if she were reading to children. And her voice varies in modulation; sometimes well, other times monotone; it is not consistent. Not the best reader but not the worst. Her Russian accent is pretty good.

Who was the most memorable character of The Girl Who Fought Napoleon and why?

Can't say Have not finished. But I like the girl who runs away to the Cossacks. Her mother - however badly served by her husband - is still cruel to her daughter.

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- V. H. Shaw "Music Lover"

Book Details

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