Young Bloods : Wellington and Napoleon

  • by Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
  • Series: Wellington and Napoleon
  • 19 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Arthur Wesley (the future Duke of Wellington) was born and bred to be a leader. With a firm belief that the nation must be led by a king, the red-coated British officer heads for battle against the French Republic, to restore the fallen monarchy.
Napoleon Bonaparte joins the French military on the eve of the Revolution. He believes leadership is won by merit, not by noble birth. When anarchy explodes in Paris, he's thrust into the revolutionary army poised to march against Britain.
As two mighty empires embark on a bloody duel, Wesley and Bonaparte prepare to face a sworn enemy, unaware that the fate of Europe will one day lie in their hands....


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I have been fascinated by Napoleon since I was a child. I have read everything I could find about both these men and the Napoleonic War. I found myself more interested in Arthur Wesley’s sister, Barbara; she was a fascinating person. So when I discovered Simon Scarrow wrote a historical fiction series about these two men I just had to read it.

The book covers the years 1769 to 1795. Scarrow starts with the early years of both men and it appeared to me that Scarrow was attempting to show similarities between the two men’s characters. The only new item was that Scarrow suggested that Napoleon and Wesley (Duke of Wellington) met as young men at a French Military Academy. I have never heard of this meeting so I do not know if it really happened or is part of the fiction in the story. The story did remind me that Arthur Wesley could have made his fame and fortune with his violin; not many famous generals were excellent musicians. In the last half of the book we have Napoleon at the battle of Toulon; Scarrow has some excellent battle scenes.

Scarrow took on a real challenge, as so much has been written about these two men. I can understand why Scarrow chose to write a historical fiction rather than a biography. The book is well researched and well written. Being fiction it is easy to read. I understand there are four books in this series. I cannot wait to read them all. Jonathan Keeble does a good job narrating the book.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."


What did you love best about Young Bloods?

Can't pick one. I have read/listen to so much about this time period (Sharpe series, et al), and I'm simply blown away.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Boney. You end up rooting for Bonaparte.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Keeble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I'll look for more.

Who was the most memorable character of Young Bloods and why?

Every character is so fleshed out. Just amazing.

Any additional comments?

If you have read/listened to Bernard Cornwell this is a must get.

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- Greg

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-15-2016
  • Publisher: Headline