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Summary

The Battle of Waterloo has become synonymous with the word defeat, but who lost, and why was it important? In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte left the island of Elba and, in a space of 100 days, took power and challenged the entire world to meet him on his terms. When that failed, he offered them a fight, one that would end at Waterloo, and left repercussions which can still be felt, even now, centuries later.

Inside you will hear about....

  • Beginnings
  • Discord and Discontent
  • The World Rearranged
  • The Prisoner
  • The Journey to Waterloo Begins
  • One Hundred Days
  • Quatre Bras & Ligny
  • And much more!

Who was this man, and what happened on the battlefield that made this fight in particular so important? What was the lesson of Waterloo?

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Ok for overall background but poor for the battle

Waterloo gets mentioned after about 35 minutes and the battle is covered in only 15 minutes of the hour. No detail of the battle and glosses over most of the important parts. The narrator was ok but let down by very little detail. A brief history of napoleon would have been a more appropriate title. 37 minutes of background, 15 minutes of the battle, 8 minutes of what happened after. Very disappointing

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Short History "Battle of Waterloo ".

For a total of only 58 minutes it is a concise version of events/activities & actions.

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  • Paolo Orlandini
  • 03-06-20

Deludente

Veramente troppo sintetico, non descrive le fasi fondamentali della battaglia. Il narratore legge un po' troppo in fretta ma si può rimediare diminuendo la velocità di riproduzione.

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  • hugo lane
  • 10-02-20

living through the battle (s) easy to follow

A name, Waterloo, became more than a name in this confusing multinational fight. How did the armies communicate in the rain and mud? I felt I was there, and felt as unsettled by the uncertainties in the decision-making of the principal's. I loved this storytelling. well done.

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  • Jan
  • 04-09-18

Worth getting in print AND audio

An interesting brief (51pp or 56min), insight into the factors most important to the conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars. It begins with a brief summary of Napoleon's military education and rise to power culminating in exile, followed by release and formation of a new fighting force and allies. Then comes a gathering of negative influences such as the weather, poor communication, false information, exhaustion of the troops on both sides, poor decisions by others, and the physical problems of Napoleon himself. It's a good review for military students and historians without being of text book length.
Jimmy Kieffer is excellent as narrator!
I am pleased that I bought both the ebook and Audio on sale