Somehow listened to the whole thing and barely know the history of Napoleon. Incredibly dry, both in narration and in writing.
The author skips major events, for some reason assuming we're already fully familiar with them. For example, the sack of Venice - an act that ended an empire over a thousand years old - rates all of about two sentences.
The author also has a strong bias towards England, repeatedly making partisan statements inappropriate for a "noted historian".
I'm guessing this was written quite some time ago, though there's no way to to know based on the description provided.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful
The narrator is the ultimate British mumbler and the recording is virtually impossible to understand. If you can understand this, you have much better ears than I.
14 of 17 people found this review helpful
Not too bad. Includes a nice outline of the first campaign in Italy. Helps if you're familiar with the geography. Otherwise, have a map handy. The rest of the book is a general treatment of Napoleonic era. Don't look for much detail in the final period 1812-1815.
I'm a fan of the reader, Bill Kelsey, and did not have trouble understanding him at all. Enjoyed it.