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The Generals is the compelling second novel in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Wellington and Napoleon quartet.

In the turbulent aftermath of the French Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte stands accused of treachery and corruption. His reputation is saved by his skill in leading his men to victory in Italy and Egypt. But then he must restore order in France and find peace or victory over her enemies: England and Arthur Wellesley (the future Duke of Wellington).

Wellesley is leading a vast army in India, where British interests are under threat. The campaign will result in the creation of the Raj - the jewel in the British Empire's crown. Wellesley returns to England a hardened veteran and more determined than ever to end France's domination of Europe. Both Wellesley and Napoleon intend to win - whatever the cost. Who will ultimately succeed?

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Excellent second chapter

I really enjoyed continuing the stories as Napoleon and Arthur progress into leading toles of various conflicts. Looking forward to the next chapter.

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Best voice actor

Jonathan Keeble is simply fantastic, no cringe worthy accents and perfect metre. Truly immersive historical fiction.

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Brilliant

A brilliant series depicting a fascinating point in history so vividly captured by Simon Scarrow!

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  • PTL
  • 26-01-2017

Simon Scarrow is a writer with an eye for detail

Narration too was excellent I enjoyed the twin themes and look forward to hearing the rest

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  • Jean
  • 28-12-2016

Great Historical Fiction

Since I was a child I have read everything I could find about Lord Wellington and Napoleon. I must admit that when I was younger it was Napoleon I read the most about. I was so happy when I came across Simon Scarrow’s series called Wellington and Napoleon. This is the second book in his historical fiction series.

The book begins in 1796. Arthur Wellesley (Lord Wellington) has been sent to India as Commander of the 33rd Regiment of Foot. Wellesley displays his skill and bravery that launches his movement up the ranks. Another excellent historical fiction series about Wellesley in India and fighting Napoleon in Europe is “Sharp” by Bernard Cornwell.
Scarrow opens the first section on Napoleon with his saving the seat of government from rebelling Royalist. Then they appoint Napoleon as Commander of the Army in Italy and then the Army of Egypt. He then returns to France to begin his rise to power. The sections alternate between the two men.

The book is well written and meticulously researched. Scarrow blends and weaves his story into the history of the two men and brings history to life. Scarrow writes excellent a battle scene that makes me feel as if I am right in the middle of the battle. There is so much written about both men but it is a delight to read this historical novel. If you are interested in either or both men and the Napoleonic War, this is a book for you. This is a fairly long book at about 21 hours.

Jonathan Keeble does a good job narrating the book. Keeble is a voice-over artist and audiobook narrator. Keeble narrating this first book in the series.


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  • DARRYL JOHNSON
  • 25-04-2020

Excellent Story Telling!

If you are a student of Napoleonic History than you will love this volume of the Wellington and Napoleon story.

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  • James Buckner
  • 08-05-2018

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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  • Tracey
  • 23-02-2018

to 1895

so far having listened to youngbloods and the generals they are a good book jonathan keeble has done a good job of reading these bringing characters to life via words will need the next book to continue .

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  • Steven R Anderson
  • 13-02-2018

Another great book

I loved Scarrow's eagle series and wanted to try this story line.I'm Glad I chose too as this hgas been very entertaining so far.

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  • Antonda
  • 08-01-2018

Keeble is the best

Classic conflict. Read by Jonathan Keeble. As one commentator put it “Keeble could make reading the ingredient list off a can of vegetable soup riveting “

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  • Joe
  • 22-11-2017

Napoleon was not short.

Great narration, and a decent story. I will likely buy and listen to the next in the series. There are just too many fallacies for me to have really become immersed in the story.

Napoleon was not short by the standards of the day, and not even notably short by today's standards. He was 5'7" in the English system, but he did surround himself with tall bodyguards and was called "le petit caporal" and this leads to the confusion. Still, I would hope that an author would do enough research as to not perpetuate this myth.

Also, "spitting the ball down the barrel" is often mentioned as an appropriate way to load a musket. Neither the French nor the Brittish manuals of arms have any reference that would make one think this is the case. Another fictional book series does though, and I believe that is where this author pulls this from. It seems that Mr. Scarrow is better at pulling from other fictional works than doing any real research.

While we are on that, there is a scene in the book that seems to be directly pulled from the BBC miniseries "Napoleon" written in part by Max Gallo, so closely that I had to check to see what one had been published first.

The narration of this story is brilliant though. Mr. Keeble does an outstanding job of bringing all the voices to life for me.

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  • TR Jensen
  • 09-11-2017

Just ... So well written, and narrated!

The story is epic and interesting because of the main characters ... but it's Mr. Scarrow that brings it all to life. From his exciting battle scenes, to a fluid narration of the political side of things, it's just masterful. And Mr. Keeble! What a treasure ... is it wrong that I delight in the sound of your voice? Thank you.

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  • james
  • 10-09-2017

can't wait for the next book

Simon Scarrow has outdone himself. Great writing, great story, great slice of history juxtaposed by two great historical figures.

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  • leo
  • 24-03-2017

Way better than the first book in the series.

Way better than book one. The battles were actually not the most boring parts of the book this time around.

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  • Simon
  • 27-11-2017

Two of a Kind!

I was long overdue in returning to this series but well . . . too many books too little time! It's excellent and this second helping of The Generals is possibly even better than the first. I love the way that the two storylines are interspersed and at how thoroughly different the two characters are.

Of course what's just as fascinating given the different cloths these two were cut from is the similarities between them and Scarrow brings this to life in fine detail without ever bogging his story down. They were both great innovators and in an age where custom and tradition often over-ruled common sense they were both capable of thinking a long way out of the box. They saw crucial details that others didn't even realise were there and worked through them. Neither of them allowed petty obstacles to deny them or their men what they needed though in dealing with harsh terrain perhaps Arthur's considered invention scores him an early point against Napoleon's bluff refusal to consider it a problem!

Jonathan Keeble. He is an invaluable aide to the imagination. One of my favourite narrators of all-time and this is just the kind of magnificent performance I have come to expect of him.

So, halfway through and I can only commend this heartily as a particularly fine and well-thought out example of the genre.

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  • Wynn
  • 19-09-2017

superb book

Simon Scarrow has always impressed me with his writing style and I've read all of the Under the eagle series, this is yet another winner. Jonathon Keebles narration is outstanding and he brings any book to life.

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  • Mr. Leslie R. Duff
  • 23-02-2017

Well written and read l would recommend this book

Very well narated well portrade history by Simon Scarrow. I alway enjoy
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  • Ian
  • 28-11-2016

Excellent

A good story made in to an absolutely brilliant story thanks to Jonathan Keebles narration.

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  • Ian C Dando
  • 09-11-2016

Fabulous.

A truly superb listen on every level. 15th May 2017, book 3 release!!! Bring it on!

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  • England fan 1
  • 01-03-2017

Just really good

Jonathan brings Simons excellent writing to life with enjoyable oration. This standard of collaboration is the reason I have my Audible account. Please sir can I have some more?

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  • Dan Raskoll
  • 12-07-2020

Great book

Brilliant narrator story is fantastic, I love the series 5star well worth a spare credit

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  • Shades of Blue Q
  • 29-06-2020

Even better than the first.

Loved the first book, and this one is better. The boys have become Generals! And so it continues. There is a story behind the history of the Napoleonic wars which is sometimes harder to see. And Simon and Jonathan puts it smack squarely on your heart. Straight into book three.

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  • NK
  • 15-05-2020

amazing

The best Audible book I have thus far purchased. Brilliantly written and narrated. Bring on the next one...quickly....

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-11-2019

The Generals

Once again a brilliant book by Simon Scarrow Narrated equally brilliantly by Jonathan Keeble Can’t wait to start book three

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