The story is very slow at the start. The characters one dimensional. And the end predictable. After reading Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series, this was more like a cheap dime store novel. The narrator reads very like he is uninspired and the "voices" are like B-grade actors.
I feel the 3 stars may even be generous, but as I'm coming off a series of books considered by many to be literature, not just fiction, I felt I should give the story the benefit of the doubt.
Cornwell does a magnificent job telling a compelling and thrilling story; rife with action and drama, into a historical account of Wellesley's career. Absolutely fantastic!
Yes, great story with a chance to learn a little world history.
The setting in the British army and the many voices of Davidsons excellent narrative.
Sharpe, of course!
Will listen to this performance more than once!
The reader has a weird affect where he makes every sentence sound like a question. It's annoying but you get used to it. Otherwise, it's a well researched piece of historical fiction.
fairly odd inflection
I think the story is great and I can follow along quite well despite not knowing a great deal about the British military or military tactics in general from this time. The characters are compelling, moderately complex, but I suspect they will only become more so with time. My only complaint is I feel the narrator isn't the best. I became used to him, but from time to time his inflection would grate on me again. He seems to raise his pitch at the end of every sentence, which gives the entire text a condescending tone. Fortunately this didn't ruin the book. Definitely recommended.
Yes! Excellent man book/series! Lots of action, desirable women, low requirement for willing suspension of disbelief, and a great way to learn history. The author does a wonderful job of weaving a fictional character into real, very exciting history. I've listened to all of the books in this series and they were all good. This should really be 4 to 4.5 stars but people just don't know to use a rating system and think that 4 is not a good rating.