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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (90 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alistair Horne Narrator: Paul Hecht Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2017 ISBN: 9781428199224
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Alistair Horne begins his absorbing account by examining Napoleon’s rise to prominence against the background of the French Revolution. He describes Napoleon’s brilliance as a general and strategist, culminating in the Battle of Austerlitz, one of the greatest military campaigns of all times. He goes on to discuss the cultural achievements of the Napoleonic era both in France and abroad before charting Napoleon’s downfall and his bitter defeat at Waterloo in 1815. The book ends with a discussion of Napoleon’s legacy and the myths that have sprung up around this most controversial of French leaders. Horne’s book is popular history at its very best - a gripping narrative, enriched by fascinating anecdotes, told by one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The perfect read for someone who asks the question: apart from being a great general, what did Napoleon stand for?”

    Guardian

  • “Fleet-footed and fast-moving.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A delightful book, brimming over with contagious enthusiasm for its subject…Horne writes with all the authority of one who knows his subject inside out, and his mastery of telling detail is admirable.”

    Sunday Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Picoroco | 6/27/2013

    " Pithy and interesting taster of the Napoleonic epoch. For all its brevity the book is at times surprisingly repetitive but I enjoyed the revealing anecdotes and quotations with which Horne sprinkles his text. He clearly understands and has a great love for his subject matter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 5/24/2012

    " This was more about the culture of France during the time of Napoleon, I wanted more history. I also didn't care for the writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 4/5/2012

    " Not very compellingly written, but contained a great deal of information well organized. Good book for a history buff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jagad5 | 10/19/2011

    " maybe if I read instead of heard the book it might have been better. Since I speak no French the untranslated headlines, proverbs, phrases, etc. were very annoying. were they important? I have no idea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lalo Louvier | 5/27/2011

    " muy buena experiencia actualizada! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 2/19/2011

    " Not very compellingly written, but contained a great deal of information well organized. Good book for a history buff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Picoroco | 4/25/2010

    " Pithy and interesting taster of the Napoleonic epoch. For all its brevity the book is at times surprisingly repetitive but I enjoyed the revealing anecdotes and quotations with which Horne sprinkles his text. He clearly understands and has a great love for his subject matter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 8/12/2009

    " This was more about the culture of France during the time of Napoleon, I wanted more history. I also didn't care for the writing style. "

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About the Author
Author Alistair Horne

Alistair Horne is the author of eighteen books. He is a fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. In 1993 Horne was awarded the French Légion d’Honneur and in 2003 received a knighthood for his work on the history of France.

About the Narrator

Paul Hecht’s long career in audio books spans dozens of titles and authors as varied as Ray Bradbury and Gore Vidal, Jack Finney and Thomas Mann. He has recorded such books as Bob Dole’s One Soldier’s Story and Alexander McCall Smith’s Portuguese Irregular Verbs and At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances. Hecht’s theater career in New York includes many Broadway and television credits.