We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
Young Bloods Audiobook

Young Bloods: Wellington and Napoleon, Book 1

Regular Price:£19.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • £7.99/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Arthur Wesley (the future Duke of Wellington) was born and bred to be a leader. With a firm belief that the nation must be led by a king, the red-coated British officer heads for battle against the French Republic, to restore the fallen monarchy.

Napoleon Bonaparte joins the French military on the eve of the Revolution. He believes leadership is won by merit, not by noble birth. When anarchy explodes in Paris, he's thrust into the revolutionary army poised to march against Britain.

As two mighty empires embark on a bloody duel, Wesley and Bonaparte prepare to face a sworn enemy, unaware that the fate of Europe will one day lie in their hands....

©2006 Simon Scarrow (P)2016 Headline Digital

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.6 (123 )
5 star
 (83)
4 star
 (36)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.7 (112 )
5 star
 (79)
4 star
 (29)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.7 (114 )
5 star
 (85)
4 star
 (27)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Simon Waterlooville, UK 21/02/2016
    Simon Waterlooville, UK 21/02/2016 Member Since 2016

    A man with a child in his ears

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1347
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    252
    248
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    149
    17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Simon Scarrow But Not As We Know Him"

    This is simply an excellent start to what looks likely to be a very high quality series. My only previous experience of Simon Scarrow has been the early books of the Macro and Cato series. Full of solid, hearty characters created by the author giving him much freedom in terms of their own story and behaviours.

    Journaling the lives of these two most famous of generals from much more recent history is a significantly different proposition and naturally the result is a much different book. This is a fascinating look at the early lives of these two famous young men with the starkly contrasting upbringings they had up to their first tastes of command and battle.

    What actually struck me was that despite the differences there were also fascinating parallels to be drawn. Their experiences of the capital cities, Paris and London, their difficult births and how they both succeeded by being somewhat unconventional. The stark differences in their personalities and motivations show that while these two both became great generals they were forged by very different fires. Although I am sure Scarrow does utilise a certain amount of poetic license seeing this most tumultuous part of history through the double aspect of both their lives makes Young Bloods truly fascinating reading.

    The book really gathers pace towards the end and thoroughly sets the scene for what is to follow. The narration by Jonathan Keeble is first class. He is set a tough task with so many characters and accents but he rises to the challenge like a thoroughbred.

    In very short, this is a different Simon Scarrow to what I've personally seen before but it's just as good, if not better. I have extremely high hopes for the rest of this series when it is made available.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Johnny Dublin 01/03/2016
    Johnny Dublin 01/03/2016 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    28
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    82
    34
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Detailed and identity"

    Great detailed account of the rise in power historically of two men we all know but putting a human face onto these legends. Fare in its account of the French and English frames of reference that coming from an Irish man.. We can judge people of today for what our ancestors believes and actions you can only do what at the time you think is right..

    The human condition

    Look forward to the rest of the story that I new of but now am aware of and its impact on the world

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Steve Carter 22/11/2016
    Steve Carter 22/11/2016 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Epic Story"

    Although you know the history of these great men, Simon Scarrow breaths life into the past. Fantastic stuff, time to start book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    England fan 1 06/11/2016
    England fan 1 06/11/2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    42
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Lightening strikes twice"

    I approached this book with trepidation as it seemed to be quite a departure from the type of stories told before. I didn't want to listen to history of Wellington and Bonaparte but I took the chance when this was on sale.

    I am really impressed yet again. Simon has given personality and gravitas to historical figures who's depths and motivations I now know I didn't understand before.

    The book also has made me draw parallels with what is happening today and made me realise that there are many similarities with the modern social situation as there were during the time of the French Revolution.

    Excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    O D Parks 12/09/2016
    O D Parks 12/09/2016

    jodenailshop

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fascinating, educating and throughly thrilling"

    One of the best books I have ever read. I literally couldn't put it down for the third time, this time, on Audible.com. If your interested in this period of time, then you must read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Uhtredson 07/07/2016
    Uhtredson 07/07/2016 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    25
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Best Scarrow Yet"
    Would you listen to Young Bloods again? Why?

    This series far exceeds Cato and Macro .. Scarrow just seems to get into the characters better ..


    What did you like best about this story?

    Napoloen is a brilliant Character


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favourite?

    Napoloen is a brilliant Character but Wellesley is a my real life hero .. Napoeon probably edges it in this book but I don't think it will last


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and almost did


    Any additional comments?

    I just wished i would have waited until Generals was released so I could have listened to them both in a row

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mr 03/05/2016
    Mr 03/05/2016 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent story and narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Young Bloods the most enjoyable?

    The story and narration never falter. The lives of the two foremost generals of their time run parallel so that one chapter follows Napoleon's life while the next follws the Duke's. The writiing (and telling) is so absorbing that I wanted the next chapter to continue the current story, but a few seconds into the chapter I was glad to be back with the current character.
    Can't wait for the next installment


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    I 28/04/2016
    I 28/04/2016 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    30
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "awesome listen!!!"

    excellent story and as ever well read by Jonathan. I can't wait for the other books in the series to become available on audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    MR 06/04/2016
    MR 06/04/2016 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fascinating story and very well read."

    Jonathan Keeble does an excellent job of bringing this book to life. I read the whole quartet when they were first published, and am really looking forward to the next Audible instalment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    GRAHAM 25/02/2016
    GRAHAM 25/02/2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Well worth a listen"

    Simon Scarrow has done a fine job on this book I read the 4 books some time back but listening to it just brings back how good a writer he is and in this case it's well narrated

    It details the young lives and start of the careers of Napoleon and Wellington in an interesting and informative way

    I really enjoyed this book and it was over far to quickly I am now eager to purchase the other 3 books in the series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Jean
    Santa Cruz, CA, United States
    26/02/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Exceptional"

    I have been fascinated by Napoleon since I was a child. I have read everything I could find about both these men and the Napoleonic War. I found myself more interested in Arthur Wesley’s sister, Barbara; she was a fascinating person. So when I discovered Simon Scarrow wrote a historical fiction series about these two men I just had to read it.

    The book covers the years 1769 to 1795. Scarrow starts with the early years of both men and it appeared to me that Scarrow was attempting to show similarities between the two men’s characters. The only new item was that Scarrow suggested that Napoleon and Wesley (Duke of Wellington) met as young men at a French Military Academy. I have never heard of this meeting so I do not know if it really happened or is part of the fiction in the story. The story did remind me that Arthur Wesley could have made his fame and fortune with his violin; not many famous generals were excellent musicians. In the last half of the book we have Napoleon at the battle of Toulon; Scarrow has some excellent battle scenes.

    Scarrow took on a real challenge, as so much has been written about these two men. I can understand why Scarrow chose to write a historical fiction rather than a biography. The book is well researched and well written. Being fiction it is easy to read. I understand there are four books in this series. I cannot wait to read them all. Jonathan Keeble does a good job narrating the book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Greg
    CORVALLIS, OR, United States
    15/07/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "WOW!!!"
    What did you love best about Young Bloods?

    Can't pick one. I have read/listen to so much about this time period (Sharpe series, et al), and I'm simply blown away.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Boney. You end up rooting for Bonaparte.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Keeble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I'll look for more.


    Who was the most memorable character of Young Bloods and why?

    Every character is so fleshed out. Just amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have read/listened to Bernard Cornwell this is a must get.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    07/12/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good listen"

    If you like Scarrows Macro/Cato novels you will like this one. Great story. As a non brit/french I have not reas too much about this era, but this was a good intro.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bruce
    United States
    09/11/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Read"

    This book has just the right amount of historical fact while still keeping the story fresh and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Marietta, GA, United States
    25/07/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "interesting and informative"

    i listened to this a while back; just wanted to briefly say that this was a fascinating take on a relatively novel subject, at least in terms of historical fiction. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jarrett
    The Pas, MB, Canada
    09/07/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent Historical Fiction"
    If you could sum up Young Bloods in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging,Educational, Anger (Arthurs Mother)


    What other book might you compare Young Bloods to and why?

    Greatly, Inspires me to play some Napoleon Total War.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favorite?

    Arthur sure sounds alot like Cato.......


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nothing, I'm familiar with him from Simons other works. I hope he does the other Novels in this series also.


    Any additional comments?

    Make sure Keeble Narrarates the rest, and try to release the others before the end of the year, I'll buy them all, a few as gifts for friends,and recommend them to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cary
    Napa, California, United States
    01/04/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Plesant surprise!"

    Approached this book cautiously, fearing a watered down or, worse, overly fantasized rendering of two fascinating historical giants and their times. To the contrary, I found this is a well-scripted, informative without being overly bogged down in minutiae and, yes, highly entertaining historical novel - an Audible Masterpiece Theatre, if you will - which is thoroughly appealing. Helped along by a splendid narrator, Jonathan Keeble, with the appropriate voice inflections, accurately delivered accents etc., It makes one crave for the three remaining and yet unrecorded books in the series, to be similarly executed. And "soon" is not good enough! My first Scarrow outing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.