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Publisher's Summary

FNH Audio presents a reading of Charles Oman's classic military history A History of the Peninsular War. In this first volume, a detailed examination is made of the first years of the war, 1807 to 1809. The campaign is examined from both sides using reference materials from British, French, Spanish, and Portuguese sources. This book covers the invasion of Spain and Napoleon's trickery in luring the Spanish crown into prison. It also features Wellington's first peninsular battle and of course the famous retreat to Corunna and the battle at that place.
This history, written many years after Napier's, draws its information from more first-hand accounts and corrects some of more glaring mistakes and biases of Napier. Although this audiobook is abridged, the only text removed is a number of the non-English sections of the Appendix, namely sections one, two, three, four, and seven. All English text from the appendices is present.
©2012 FNH (P)2012 FNH
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4 out of 5 stars
By Keith on 01-01-13

Wonderful if you can tolerate the reader

What made the experience of listening to A History of the Peninsular War 1807-1809 the most enjoyable?

Well researched and presented material

How could the performance have been better?

If you could find someone to read the book who doesn't butcher the English language. It is cav-al-ry, not cav-ary and pam-plo-na, not pam-ploo-na. The reader continually mis-pronounces words and it is very annoying.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No way. Couldn't tolerate but a hour or so at a time of the reader, it was very painful at times.

Any additional comments?

Super book, be aware of this reader related to future purchases. Where is Robertson Dean or Michael Kramer when you need them?

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Cris Radu on 12-14-15

Well researched content

Unfortunately impacted by the narrator's atrocious pronouncing of French names.
Is anybody reviewing these priductions before the audio release?

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By qwerty on 02-17-16

A Classic Mauled

A classic work I've longed to hear, absolutely mauled by incompetent narration. I could have wept. Even basic words like catastrophe were mispronounced. The tale is a magnificent work of late Victorian painstaking research. Oh, for a remake!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By mrfarrow2u on 04-10-17


Superb audiobook for those seeking knowledge of the Peninsular War. Very comprehensive, great value for your money.

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