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An Infamous Army
- By: Georgette Heyer
- Narrated by: Claire Higgins
- Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
In 1815, beneath the aegis of the Army of Occupation, Brussels is the gayest town in Europe. And the widow Lady Barbara Childe, renowned for being as outrageous as she is beautiful, is at the centre of all that is fashionable and light-hearted. When she meets Charles Audley, dashing aide-de-camp to the great Duke of Wellington himself, her joie de vivre knows no bounds - until the eve of the fateful Battle of Waterloo...
- By Carol T. Carr on 01-08-07
Not the typical Georgette Heyer novel...
Georgette Heyer has been a favorite of mine for years. When I founds three of her historical novels on Audible, I downloaded them at once, leaving The Infamous Army until last, because it was the only one I had not read. Big, BIG mistake.
It differed so much from her other novels, I had difficulty believing it was written by the same author. I found The Infamous Army a total yawner.
Rather than a novel of the personalities and manners of the Regency period frosted with references to the historical events of the times, The Infamous Army is a very detailed history of the prelude to and Battle of Waterloo. The characters seemed to be dabbed in around the historical references to add some personal interest. Unfortunately, since the characters are the reason I read Georgette Heyer, I found this book extremely dissatisfying. There's one long-winded portion which gives the exact positions of all the different armies involved in the battle. I swear it lasted fifteen minutes, if it lasted one.
If you're interested in the Battle of Waterloo, by all means listen to this book. If you're looking for an entertaining Georgette Heyer novel, forget this one.
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