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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,083 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arturo Perez-Reverte Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN:
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Captain Alatriste is the story of a fictional 17th-century Spanish soldier who, after being wounded in battle during the Thirty Years' War, is forced to retire from the army. Now he lives the comparatively tame, though hardly quiet, life of a swordsman-for-hire in Madrid. Approached with an offer of work, Alatriste is told to go with another hired blade to an unfamiliar part of the city at midnight and wait. They are received by men who explain that they want Alatriste and his companion to ambush two travelers the following evening, stage a robbery, and give the men a fright. No blood, they are told.

But then a third figure enters the room. He says the job requires some clarification: he increases the pay, and tells them that, instead, they must murder the two travelers. Then he reveals his identity: Emilio Bocanegra. It is a name synonymous with the Spanish Inquisition, the bloodiest name in Europe. This is a man whose requests cannot be denied.

But the following night, with the attack imminent, it becomes clear to Alatriste that these aren't ordinary travelers. And what happens next is only the first in a series of riveting twists and turns, with implications that will reverberate throughout the courts of Europe.

For anyone who loves the work of Arturo Pérez-Reverte, and those who have not yet discovered the delights of this extraordinary writer, Captain Alatriste is one of the most stylish, singular pleasures to come along in years. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/20/2014

    " I HEART this book and its sequels "The Purity of Blood" and "The Sun Over Breda." Perez-Reverte is a lover of the swashbucking adventures of Dumas's "The Three Muskateers" and has created his own tribute in Captain Alatriste, a lone sword-for-hire-with-a-heart trying to survive 17th century Spain. Accompanied by a motley crew from all classes and walks of life, he survives adventure after adventure with his honor intact, taking on authoritarian hyprocrites in the aristocracy and the Inquisition. Escapism at its best! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 2/16/2014

    " Action Genre: check. It's historical, set in 17th century Spain, and it's first in series so it gets of to a slowish start setting the scene, establishing the cast of characters. Slightly literary, slightly humorous, reminds me a lot of Michael Chabon's Gentlemen of the Road. And short. Great swordfighting scenes. He mentions artists and writers of the period as peripheral characters in case you wanted visuals but I found his descriptions perfectly evocative. My first foray into Genre reading was not painful at all "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 2/15/2014

    " An OK book but does not inspire me to read further Alatriste stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon Acland | 2/12/2014

    " Captain Alatriste is the first of a series of books featuring the eponymous hero, an ex-soldier from the Spanish army of Philip IV. Set in the Madrid of the 1620's it is told through the eyes of Alatriste's page/servant, the orphan of a former comrade-at-arms, aged, in this book, 13. One could quibble about some of the technical issues around the narrator (there are many scenes in which the narrator is not present, for example, and it is a little hard to believe that the taciturn Alatriste would have filled in all the gaps to enable these scenes to be retold with accuracy and the same vividness as those in which he was present). But overall this was a very enjoyable and easy to read historical romp, mixing excitement and humour in the way that I have tried to achieve, probably with less success, in my own book The Waste Land. The real historical and literary characters in Captain Alatriste are amusingly deployed and deftly portrayed, and I enjoyed the 'quotations' from Lope de Vega, Calderon and others, that would have worked even better in the original Spanish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 1/29/2014

    " A pretty fast read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Livius Nedin | 1/22/2014

    " A tad dry and definitely not the first Perez-Reverete book anyone should read. Try the Club Dumas if you're looking for something more enthralling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iuliana | 1/21/2014

    " Loved it! Very Alexandre Dumas-esque! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick Ahern | 1/13/2014

    " This book fell a little flat for me. I was expecting a quick paced adventure, but Perez-Reverte had me yawning with some of the bland backstory. I still may try to read the rest in the series, because I have heard some good things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 shannon | 11/19/2013

    " Strong start to this series, I will read the rest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 11/12/2013

    " Very good book and fascinating. Page - turner about Spain and a tired captain, who duells for others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tcrane | 9/29/2013

    " Moral ambiguity of the good kind. Fun adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josephus FromPlacitas | 8/28/2013

    " Fun and light, I didn't pay close attention because I was very busy packing, but it seemed pretty enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 8/27/2013

    " Liked it; it was kind of a Spanish Three Musketeers (I liked the illusions to the Dumas book best), but... it kind of just ended. I don't mind series books, but I do like each one to (mostly) stand on their own. I felt like I was only getting half of a story. Which is never fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben Miller | 1/7/2012

    " The perfect thing to get me through a sickday. A very simple story padded by interesting commentary on Inquisition-era Spain, and in particular the city of Madrid. Written with elegant, careful prose that's a cut above the usual historical-mystery fare. Worth the couple of hours it takes to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rusty | 4/14/2011

    " it was ok. a strong emphasis on real historical figures which didn't do much for me. and not much plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gregory Milliron | 11/22/2010

    " Perez-Reverte is a much better author than is indicated by this book. Nonetheless, Captain Alatriste may be an interesting character to follow. I think the book probably suffers from a bad translation as well, especially when translating the poetic verses of various characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Theresa | 4/20/2010

    " couldn't even finish "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A. Non | 11/17/2009

    " If you like well-researched swashbuckling with beautiful prose, run, do not walk, to this series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 6/11/2008

    " Love the swashbuckling prose and the fact that honor always trumps! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eldaviders | 12/4/2007

    " Nice read in good Spanish. The author manages the progress quite well, and the references to the era of the story make it very enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 N. | 10/20/2007

    " I liked this the least of all of Perez-Reverte's books; the twists were unremarkable and I knew what was coming long, long, long before it happened. I don't regret reading it but I doubt I'll look at anything else in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 7/1/2007

    " Enjoyable, but not as rich as the other books I have read by this author. An old fashion swashbuckler set in 17th century Spain. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 6/6/2006

    " The thing about entertaining adventure stories is that they ought to be . . . entertaining. This one just wasn't for me. Possibly a translation problem. Every sentence tripped over itself. The embedded poems just made me scratch my head. I set this one aside and don't plan to try again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elijah Kinch Spector | 3/17/2006

    " A little less adventurous and more contemplative than I expected, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I enjoyed it immensely, good to know this genre is still alive. Ripe for an in-depth blog post. "

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About the Author

Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s bestselling books, including The Club Dumas, The Flanders Panel, The Seville Communion, and the Captain Alatriste series, have been translated into thirty-four languages in fifty countries and have sold millions of copies. Pérez-Reverte was born in 1951 in Cartagena, Spain, and now lives in Madrid, where he was recently elected to the Spanish Royal Academy. A retired war journalist, he covered conflicts in Angola, Bosnia, Croatia, El Salvador, Lebanon, Libya, Nicaragua, Romania, the Persian Gulf, and Sudan, among others. He now writes fiction full time.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.