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  • An Infamous Army

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Claire Higgins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

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...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Carol T. Carr on 01-08-07

Five stars for the story, zero for narrator!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-14

I love Georgette Heyer. I love historical novels. This? I barely finished listening to it.

Claire Higgins didn't distinguish voices at all: Trying to understand or follow conversations was headache-inducing. When she was reading the descriptions of the battle, it was fine, but every single conversation between the British characters - male or female - was done in the exact same voice, tone, and inflection. (Oddly, her distinction between French and Belgian characters was better) At least with a book, you have quotation marks to show that someone else is speaking.

Especially after listening to the previous books connected to this title (These Old Shades, Devil's Cub, and Regency Buck), this was such a disappointment.

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