The Fields of Death

Wellington and Napoleon, Book 4
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: Wellington and Napoleon, Book 4
Length: 23 hrs and 20 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (208 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Fields of Death is the epic final novel in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Wellington and Napoleon Quartet. Essential listening for fans of Bernard Cornwell.

1809. Viscount Wellington and Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte have made their mark as military commanders. Lifelong enemies, they both believe their armies are strong enough to destroy any rival. But in war victory can never be certain.

While Wellington's success continues in Spain, Napoleon feels the sting of failure. Yet despite a disastrous Russian campaign and humiliating defeat at Leipzig, he persists in fighting on.

With Napoleon's power waning, the newly titled Duke of Wellington is perfectly placed to crush the tyrant. But his enemy refuses to surrender, and so the two giants must face a final reckoning on the bloody battlefield of Waterloo....

©2010 Simon Scarrow (P)2017 Headline Digital

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This is the fourth and final book of Scarrow’s Revolution Quartet. This book follows Napoleon’s battles with Austria and Russia and Wellington’s peninsular campaigns to the Battle of Waterloo. Scarrow is a master at writing historical fiction. He is such an easy writer to read as the prose flows so beautifully. His depictions of scenes and battles are historically accurate and hold my attention. I found these four books fascinating. I have been obsessed with this period in history since I was a child. Needless to say, I have read everything I can about the Napoleonic period. These four books cover so much detail they would be great to read many times.

The book is well written and researched. Scarrow does an excellent job of placing the reader into the time frame of the story. Most of the story is historically accurate except for one item. Scarrow has taken his creative prerogative and has Napoleon and Wellington meeting a day or so after the Battle of Waterloo. That meeting never took place.

I used my iPad to google maps and battle maps of the various battles in the book. That made it easier to follow the story. The book is fairly long at twenty-three and a half hours. Jonathan Keeble does an excellent job narrating the book. Keeble narrated all four books. I have listened to him narrate many books over the years. He has a comfortable voice to listen to.

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Well done

All three books were great. Had me researching the battles and people throughout. Hated for it to end.

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Expectations Exceeded

A wonderful end to the quartet. There's a cherry on top, or rather, an Easter egg. I won't tell you what it is, but if you've read other novels regarding the Peninular War and Waterloo, you'll know to what I'm referring. I'm also a fan of Jonathan Keeble's style as narrator. He brings depth and richness to all his characters.

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Excellent ending to a great Series!!

Simon Scarrow is to be applauded for an excellent piece of Historical Fiction...a real tour de force!! Except for the "Fictional" meeting of Wellington and Napoleon at the conclusion of Waterloo, "Fields" was a completely believable piece of literary genius!

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An incomplete ending

I loved this series, however, it concludes with Napoleon's exile. it could have gone much further through the deaths of both of these giants of history.

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Outstanding

This quartet of books on Wellington and Napoleon is amazing. Fantastic! I highly recommend it.

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Keeble rocks!

I very much enjoyed this series of books. They were very informative and for someone who was not very knowledgeable regarding Napoleon and Wellington they did a great job of educating me. Most of all I appreciate the narrator. Keeble never fails to bring his characters to life. Very well done!

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Well written and read

This is fantastic and there is nothing like the books in this series. It is perfection to the highest degree. "You actually feel like you are standing in the room with the characters." I listened to all of them and I can't wait to do it again.

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Making Historical Events Accessible

By telling the history of Wellington and Bonaparte as a story rather than a dry lesson, it is much easier to understand the events and personalities involved. Extraordinarily well written and performed this four book series captivated me from start to finish. I would thoroughly recommend this series to both those interested in the events of the time and to people just wanting a great story.

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Outstanding!

This whole series has been well written and engaging! It covers historical events which have always interested me and about which I have read widely. Instead of a catalogue of facts we have been treated to an insight to the private lives of the two key players, Napoleon and Wellington. I am almost saddened to reach the end despite the necessity. Jonathan Keeble is a new narrator for me and will now be among the few that "sell the book" as far as my choices are concerned. So engaging I could not help but be caught up in the excitement he conveyed. Bravo that man!! Thank you to both Simon Scarrow and Jonathan Keeble, now I must find more gripping audio books to fill the void Napoleon and Wellington will leave.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-27-17

History brought to Life

I really enjoyed this 4 book series . The reading was very good too. I knew of the Duke of Wellington but this account of his life really brought him to life for me. Also I enjoyed the concept of telling their stories in parallel. Really good book and nice listening experience.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-05-20

Another great historical book by Scarrow

Simon Scarrow will go down as one of the all-time best writers of historical novels and history based fiction. This series on Napoleon and Wellington is no exception. Well researched and written, this book delivers an interesting and entertaining insight into the past. With that said, even the best book can only become an enjoyable audio book with the appropriate delivery by a skilled narrator. But Jonathan Keeble is more than just a narrator; his delivery of this entire series proves him to be an outstanding voice actor and his delivery of Scarrow's work turns great books into great stories.

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  • Richard Smith-Morgan
  • 09-30-20

Wonderful series of books

Immensely enjoyable, beautifully written and crafted, a must have for all true Napoleonic fans. Of 250 audible books my clear favourite’

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  • Nina
  • 09-16-20

Wonderful.

A wonderful epic and sorry it has ended. Keeble is splendid and holds the listener within his superb tones. Highly recommended.

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  • Blondie
  • 08-28-20

Well written, fantastically read

Great end to a great series. It's a well written book with good pacing that makes it hard to put down. The narration is easily the best I've listened to on audable, absolutely faultless,. A subtle cameo from a certain major of the 95th bumped my review from a 4to a 5*

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  • Eugene Avery
  • 07-15-20

Great Journey to Waterloo

Simon Scarrow, Thank you for writing these books. Jonathan Keeble, You brought the struggle to life. Excellent

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  • SE75
  • 07-04-20

A truly fitting take on history

I first brought the novels in this series has they were published and read them avidly. Simon Scarrow tells a extraordinary story of the lifes of two of the worlds greatest commanders. Pretty much all of the events actually occurred but Scarrow has used these events plus a few imagined ones to breathe new life into an already epic story. All the battle scenes are very well researched and the detail in expertly written. The story in all the books flows really well as Scarrow picks the important events or turns or fate through Napoleon and Wellesley's life that plausible steered them to the inevitable conclusion at Waterloo. As a historic novel there is poetic licence of cause, but this only enhances the story. The whole series is as good as anything written by Bernard Cornwell, in fact look out for a 'tip of the hat' to Cornwell during fields of death, when a certain Major of the 95th rifles makes a very brief cameo! Narration is superb as ever by J. Keeble, it takes a while not to think of Wellesley as Cato and nearly every sergeant is Macro, but I think that doesn't detract at all from the storytelling, Keeble seems to live the story as he tells it. My only criticism of the audio books is that the producers don't include the historical notes at the end of each book, they are important in filling some gaps and completing the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-20

History brought to life! Marvellous.

A superb performance and a thoroughly gripping tale. Students of the period will be delighted by the authors use of the key events in the Napoleonic story as he masterfully knits them together into a gripping narrative of adventure, intrigue and action. Highly recommended.

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  • Adam Phelps
  • 04-10-20

The Ultimate Duel

As with his series on Julius Caesar, when Scarrow turns his mind to what makes great men tick, it makes for a fascinating listening! He really seems to get inside the minds of these two great generals and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Bonaparte the flawed genius vs Wellington, the ultimate professional, cool as a cucumber and with so little self-regard....thank God! Vive Wellington.

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  • MG
  • 07-27-19

Great listen

My only Negative comment would be - I wish the readers Spainish pronunciation would have been better!!

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  • Geoff Alford
  • 04-30-20

Brilliant series

I’ve listened to the whole Wellington/Napoleon series now and I must say they’ve been a joy to listen to. Absolutely recommended for any military buff or those interested in the history of these two Generals.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-28-19

Best History Lesson Ever

Forget watching YouTube or googling the battle of Waterloo just listen to this book and immerse yourself in this audio book.