Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £21.99

Buy Now for £21.99

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

1811. The Adriatic, the 'French Lake', is now the most valuable territory Napoleon Bonaparte possesses. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd finds his glorious return to England cut short when the Admiralty summons him to lead a squadron of frigates into these waters to cause havoc and distress to the enemy.  

Kydd is dubbed 'The Sea Devil' by Bonaparte who personally appoints one of his favourites, Dubourdieu, along with a fleet that greatly outweighs the British, to rid him of this menace.

At the same time, Nicholas Renzi is sent to Austria on a secret mission to sound out the devious arch-statesman, Count Metternich. His meeting reveals a deadly plan by Bonaparte that threatens the whole balance of power in Europe. The only thing that can stop it is a decisive move at sea, and for this he must somehow cross the Alps to the Adriatic to contact Kydd directly. 

A climactic sea battle where the stakes could not be higher is inevitable. Kydd faces Dubourdieu with impossible odds stacked against him. Can he shatter Bonaparte's dreams of breaking out of Europe and marching to the gates of India and Asia?

©2020 Julian Stockwin (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic reviews

"Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line." (Daily Express

What listeners say about Balkan Glory

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    64
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    66
  • 4 Stars
    7
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    56
  • 4 Stars
    9
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Thunderous!

From the thunder of guns to the howls of pain, the sea spray to the stormy sea and the intrigues of court to artistic leanings this book simply has it all with Stockwin's pen and Rodska's voice painting a vivid, almost cinematic story of Kydd's latest adventure. All the principle characters that we know and love get to have their moments in this book which is an absolute belter!

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Gloriously full of intrigue and valour.

Christian Rodska's narration was excellent.
The intrigue and courtly politics of nations discovered, the consequences then played out at sea.
Brilliantly done, well worth a few drams and a quiet evening to listen or read a fine book.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

The horrors of war depicted

I have enjoyed all the Kydd series, with both the compelling storylines by Julian Stockwin and the versatile oratory of Christian Rodska causing me to revisit every book a second time rather than seek out new listens.
The battle scene finale of Balkan Glory, brought home the horrors of war as the hellish scenes in the cockpit are graphically described.
I look forward to the next book(s) and the adventures of Kydd and Renzi- not forgetting their daring wives and loyal crew

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Just keeps getting better

I will miss not having the next instalment ready to go. Fantastic characters and a gripping tale. Stockwin just seems to be setting the bar higher and higher. The characters are glorious, intriging and yet maintain a human fallibility that casts the whole in a light of possibility and realism. Then there is the engaging naval environment and ever looming spectre of Bonaparte’s latest nefarious scheme. Superb books. For me the mix evokes a great sense of pride in the antics of characters and fascination with what will happen next.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

not his best

It took me a while. listened in several bites. But will look forward to the next one.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

a little fast paced

Great book. A little hurried story in places. Christian R proved he is the best narrator once again.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Another Stockwith masterpiece

narration first class, story excellent, just hope for another followup,hope you are listening Julian.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

My hero worship goes on

I'm just can't get enough if this stuff. And it goes on and it seems.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The best in the Kydd series so far

This in my opinion is the best of the Thomas Kydd series so far.
I honestly wish I could give it more than five stars.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Craig
  • Craig
  • 12-10-20

Dull and Boring. No More Juice for This Series

When Kydd's wife demands that she travel with him to the Adriatic, with merely perfunctory objection from the Captain, I knew this novel was going to turn into another sea-soap-drama. At book 23, I have not continued this series to hear about the Kydd's spousal intrigues. They are boring and petty micro-studies of a dead era where faux (writer-invented) privilege and class intrigue stink up the dialogue. I want fictional history, battles, and 17th century sea technologies to shiver my timbers, not petticoats and maidservants. I don't really care about the view from Kydd's wife's villa or her dread when his ship comes to harbor with holes in its sails.

This novel starts dull, the first battle is perfunctory sea-pulp and the canned tensions with superiors are predictable and pedestrian. Just returned this book. Done with the series before the war ends. Besides, Patrick Tull and Frederick Davidson already told me who wins.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-21

Review

While I am personally not interested in the greater political exploits, the insights do provide scope and stakes for perspective. A very satisfying and enjoyable listen.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-08-21

Headline

This is a good book and I think you should read it. Through to the end.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for David K.
  • David K.
  • 20-04-21

Sir Thomas Kidd fights a three level battle

Sir Thomas Kidd tenaciously pursued and is, alternately chased, by an overwhelming fleet. Can he succeed with his few ships as the only force able to project British might you bet! Just see how!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for G. Ellis
  • G. Ellis
  • 26-03-21

Where's the next one?

For the first time, I have been so caught up in an adventure series that I am begging for the story to continue ... and SOON! PLEASE. Don't make me beg.

If you are a fan of adventure stories and enjoy sailing with the British Navy through the colonial and Napoleonic wars, I highly recommend this series.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-01-21

Excellent.

Excellent. I love these books, such a great story. please keep them coming. I can't wait to see what happens next.