The Generals : Wellington and Napoleon

  • by Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
  • Series: Wellington and Napoleon
  • 21 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Generals is the compelling second novel in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Wellington and Napoleon quartet.
In the turbulent aftermath of the French Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte stands accused of treachery and corruption. His reputation is saved by his skill in leading his men to victory in Italy and Egypt. But then he must restore order in France and find peace or victory over her enemies: England and Arthur Wellesley (the future Duke of Wellington).
Wellesley is leading a vast army in India, where British interests are under threat. The campaign will result in the creation of the Raj - the jewel in the British Empire's crown. Wellesley returns to England a hardened veteran and more determined than ever to end France's domination of Europe. Both Wellesley and Napoleon intend to win - whatever the cost. Who will ultimately succeed?

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Great Historical Fiction

Since I was a child I have read everything I could find about Lord Wellington and Napoleon. I must admit that when I was younger it was Napoleon I read the most about. I was so happy when I came across Simon Scarrow’s series called Wellington and Napoleon. This is the second book in his historical fiction series.

The book begins in 1796. Arthur Wellesley (Lord Wellington) has been sent to India as Commander of the 33rd Regiment of Foot. Wellesley displays his skill and bravery that launches his movement up the ranks. Another excellent historical fiction series about Wellesley in India and fighting Napoleon in Europe is “Sharp” by Bernard Cornwell.
Scarrow opens the first section on Napoleon with his saving the seat of government from rebelling Royalist. Then they appoint Napoleon as Commander of the Army in Italy and then the Army of Egypt. He then returns to France to begin his rise to power. The sections alternate between the two men.

The book is well written and meticulously researched. Scarrow blends and weaves his story into the history of the two men and brings history to life. Scarrow writes excellent a battle scene that makes me feel as if I am right in the middle of the battle. There is so much written about both men but it is a delight to read this historical novel. If you are interested in either or both men and the Napoleonic War, this is a book for you. This is a fairly long book at about 21 hours.

Jonathan Keeble does a good job narrating the book. Keeble is a voice-over artist and audiobook narrator. Keeble narrating this first book in the series.


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- Jean

Napoleon was not short.

Great narration, and a decent story. I will likely buy and listen to the next in the series. There are just too many fallacies for me to have really become immersed in the story.

Napoleon was not short by the standards of the day, and not even notably short by today's standards. He was 5'7" in the English system, but he did surround himself with tall bodyguards and was called "le petit caporal" and this leads to the confusion. Still, I would hope that an author would do enough research as to not perpetuate this myth.

Also, "spitting the ball down the barrel" is often mentioned as an appropriate way to load a musket. Neither the French nor the Brittish manuals of arms have any reference that would make one think this is the case. Another fictional book series does though, and I believe that is where this author pulls this from. It seems that Mr. Scarrow is better at pulling from other fictional works than doing any real research.

While we are on that, there is a scene in the book that seems to be directly pulled from the BBC miniseries "Napoleon" written in part by Max Gallo, so closely that I had to check to see what one had been published first.

The narration of this story is brilliant though. Mr. Keeble does an outstanding job of bringing all the voices to life for me.

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- Joe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-01-2016
  • Publisher: Headline