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The Napoleonic Wars

By: Alexander Mikaberidze
Narrated by: Steven Crossley
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The Napoleonic Wars saw fighting on an unprecedented scale in Europe and the Americas. It took the wealth of the British Empire, combined with the might of the continental armies, almost two decades to bring down one of the world's greatest military leaders and the empire that he had created. Napoleon's ultimate defeat was to determine the history of Europe for almost 100 years. From the frozen wastelands of Russia, through the brutal fighting in the Peninsula to the blood-soaked battlefield of Waterloo, this book tells the story of the dramatic rise and fall of the Napoleonic Empire.

©2020 Alexander Mikaberidze (P)2020 Recorded Books
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No description of battles

This book is titled “the napoleonic wars” there is no detailed description of any of the battles.

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Very Thorough Book

This book gave a very thorough, comprehensive, and unbiased look at any and all factors of the Napoleonic Wars. I appreciated that it dealt not only with European matters but every conceivable theater or culture that was affected by the conflict(s). I'd highly recommend for a in-depth understanding of this era.

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Contains all I wanted

I have always been curious why France went to war after their revolution and the consequences. This in depth account answered all my questions and stimulated new questions for my continued study.

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Horrible narration

In the last couple weeks (simply for scale), I've gone through about five 18-35 hr history books, covering the 18th - late 20th centuries. I really wanted to at least tolerate this one, but the narration is almost aggressively boring. I honestly think it would have been impossible to read it in a more sleep-inducing manner if inducing sleep were the only thing between the narrator and certain death. I may have to try reading it myself, with my own eyes, even if it means I have to keep the cats out of the way. The reader has a lovely voice, but I feel he might do better to focus on recording bedtime stories and sleep aids.

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One of the Best Books

I usually avoid comprehensive reviews of historical eras or global eras, since they are typically difficult to digest in a meaningful manner.
That said I found this narrative very easy to follow in that cover western historical content usually kept as isolated events.
I will likely listen to this narrative again.

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An exhaustive history

this book covers everything, I mean everything about the Napoleonic War. Not a bad thing but be prepared to know about every part of the world. also the editing is a little having, with some sections being repeated takes of the same sections being left in.

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comprehensive

Comprehensive and lead to a much better understanding of the global conflict. Put it all together for me.

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Recommend Audio Reading

Worthy purchase and read. Very informative and well read by the narrorator. You will enjoy it.

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Outstanding

I read a biography on Napoleon (by Andrew Roberts) about a year ago and wanted to circle back to a deeper dive of the military history of the conflicts. This book is very much not a robust military history in that individual battle tactics largely play no role in the book. That said, this book had a fascinating global perspective. While the book was more political than military, it certainly provided greater context to the conflicts and was very enjoyable. Definitely recommended.

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Very educational book

Very educational and an extremely well researched piece about a very exciting time in history. However, to me it immediately felt like it narrated with the intent to mimic a textbook.

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  • Dylan Baynham
  • 01-21-22

Not bad

Don’t get this book if you want a purely military history. It’s more economic and social. Nice to fill in the blanks around the more global aspect of the conflicts but wanted to hear about austerlitz etc and not the Iranian empire and the Spanish empire in the americas or two hour Ottoman Empire chapters

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  • Stephen Bentley
  • 08-24-22

Interminable

What is it about scholars and the Napoleonic Wars? Why/How do they make a potentially fascinating and thrilling story monumentally boring? I kept falling asleep and waking up to find yet another disquisition on the possibility of invading Turkey, or the Walcheren Expedition which was one of the British Army's major bog ups, I know there is more to hear about - but I just don't have the patience. The reader, overwhelmed by the sheer size of the project I suspect, doesn't inject enough interest into the reading which doesn't help. Not enough/any change in pace or emphasis. I'd say go to the book and read rather than listen?

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  • Radu Andrei Tentea
  • 07-31-22

Great, but not quite.

At least for the casual listener, i got lost so many times in all the exact dates in mm/dd/yyyy, all one after the other, the insistence of having all the sometimes 4-5 word names read one after the other. If i were to have read the book, i would probably only have glaced at this information, but being read to me i could not avoid. i found myself getting lost bc of that.

Otherwise, the content was fantastic. Loved the global approach to the book, though at times i feel like it lacked a clear structure. Felt i was being led back and forth through time and place.

The reader also employed a somewhat difficult to follow speech bc of the insistence of using all sort of accents and verbal flourishings.