We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
Hell Riders: The Truth About the Charge of the Light Brigade | [Terry Brighton]

Hell Riders: The Truth About the Charge of the Light Brigade

On 25 October 1854, during the Crimean War, the Light Brigade of the British Cavalry Division made the most magnificent and most brutal charge in military history. Almost 700 men armed with sabre and lance, charged straight at the muzzles of Russian cannons. This vivid and extraordinarily detailed account of the charge and the bloody melee that followed, by an author with unique access to regimental archives, is told largely in the words of the survivors themselves.
Regular Price:$10.14
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

On 25 October 1854, during the Crimean War, the Light Brigade of the British Cavalry Division made the most magnificent and most brutal charge in military history. Almost 700 men armed with sabre and lance, charged straight at the muzzles of Russian cannons. This vivid and extraordinarily detailed account of the charge and the bloody melee that followed, by an author with unique access to regimental archives, is told largely in the words of the survivors themselves. Terry Brighton takes the reader closer than ever before to the experience of charging down the Valley of Death.

©2004 Terry Brighton; (P)2005 Penguin Books Ltd

What the Critics Say

"[Hell Riders] is a first-rate account of the charge itself and the system which let it happen. Written with humour and understanding...a masterly, moving, and entertaining book." (The Times)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (9 )
5 star
 (5)
4 star
 (2)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.8 (4 )
5 star
 (3)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.8 (4 )
5 star
 (3)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    leonie Australia 09-27-13
    leonie Australia 09-27-13 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    46
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    694
    23
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A great piece of history"
    Would you listen to Hell Riders again? Why?

    Yes. This was a wonderful find. A great piece of history told in an easy to understand way.
    I'd heard of "The Charge of the Light Brigade" but never really thought of when it was and how it effected the future of war. This doesn't really go into those issues but after listening to this I can make sense of a lot more of modern history.
    The story is told with the individuals involved stories, not the political reasons. It makes the history real and understandable without having to know all the political goings on at the time. This happened and it lead to this and it affected this person this way.
    It is a good novel if you enjoy history or military tales.


    What about Crawford Logan’s performance did you like?

    The narration was perfect for this kind of book. Varied enough to keep one engaged but not overpowering so the details didn't get lost in the telling.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is factual but entertaining enough that I didn't feel as if I was at a lecture. Even people who only like their historical books to be fiction would like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-1 of 1 results
Sort by:
  • Nigel
    8/16/09
    Overall
    "In Praise of Men and Horses"

    Back in the 1960's I was an extra in the film 'The Charge of The Light Brigade'. I was but a small child and my memory is hazy apart from the swirl of crimson, flashes of steel and the thunder of hooves. Searching for this historical event revealed 'Hell Riders' (I was nearly put off by the title, which I thought might be just sensationalist and blood and thunder. I am glad I bought the title. It is 'blood and thunder' of course but so much more.

    I will not spoil the surprise, but was delighted that the author shared with the listener a historical artifact before the story even began, that was a nice touch. For me the most interesting and revealing moments came from the first hand accounts from those who had kept a journal of the charge itself.

    I was saddened to see similarities between this and the World War One, when yet again incredibly brave men (and horses) were led by incompetants, with seemingly little or no idea of military tactics and even less thought given to the value of a life.
    I probably should have remembered this from school, but we learn how we get the word 'Cardigan' and I am indebted to the author again, through their research I learn of a very brave man called 'Fletcher'. I only wish there had been more excerpts from diaries. Even if you have only a passing interest in military history, I think you will enjoy this audiobook.

    P.S. Please go easy on me, my first review.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bryan
    Arrochar, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "The Charge of the Light Brigade"

    Ignoring the Wild West styled graphics on the cover; the content is well worth a listen for those who are seeking a popular historical account of this famous action during the Crimean War. The narration style is slightly sensationalistic, yet this comfortably adds pace to conceptualise the actual charge itself. Lacking the detailed referenced style of academic history, the book should be judged as a popular account, yet this does not deter from what is a good overview with outline evidence from primary sources in the form of memoirs and such.

    The actual horrific conditions and unquestionable bravery displayed by the men and officers below ‘field rank’ of the regiments comprising the Light Brigade is very vividly portrayed. In addition the bravery of Lord Cardigan on the day is absolute, which almost gives cause to consider forgiving his earlier ineptitude and incompetence of leadership in the build up to the actual battle. In contrast the divisional commander is left with the blame and an implied slur of cowardice for not following up with the Heavy Brigade afterwards. Yet the influential action of the French forces that day by engaging some of the forces along one of the flanks to the valley is only given the briefest of mentions.

    In conclusion, have read and owned numerous accounts of this action, in comparison this version is well above average and is very entertaining which is a positive factor when listening as it also contains trace elements of ironic humour throughout.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-2 of 2 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.