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Warhorses of Letters: Complete Series 1-3

The Poignant BBC Radio 4 Comedy
Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

Stephen Fry, Daniel Rigby and Tamsin Greig star in all three series of the poignant BBC Radio 4 comedy drama.

Warhorses of Letters is the world's finest and best-loved equine, military, epistolary romance, comprising the newly discovered love letters between two horses united by passion but cruelly divided by conflict.

Set against the sweeping backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, these 12 episodes introduce us to Copenhagen, the Duke of Wellington's frisky young racehorse, and his hero, Marengo, the seasoned, famous and just-a-little-bit-short mount of Emperor Napoleon.

From the early days of the Peninsular Campaign to the Battle of Waterloo and its aftermath, we follow our horse heroes as their romance blossoms, their fortunes fluctuate and uncertainty and jealousy put strains on their burgeoning relationship. Can they ever be truly together, or are they doomed to remain sundered by fate?

Written by Robert Hudson and Marie Phillips, this moving, surreal comedy stars Stephen Fry as Marengo and Daniel Rigby as Copenhagen, with Tamsin Greig as the narrator. Totally unique and utterly entertaining, it will appeal to all lovers of horses, history and humour.

Duration: 2 hours, 50 mins approx.

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I laughed myself horse!

The public institution that is Stephen Fry is well versed in this comedy. I like to think of Stephen as one of those eccentric uncles we all love to love. His and the others story deliverence of this what can only be described as bizarre comedy is brilliant. Kiss kiss hoof print (you need to hear the story to know what that means).

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Marvellous radio

Funny and well played, an inventive series that manages to be very compelling listening. I would highly recommend as a listen that you can drop in and out of.

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Had me in stitches all along

I love the history of the Napoleonic wars, and the secret correspondence of Marengo and Copenhagen is just hilarious, full of wit and caustic commentary. For history enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys British humour.

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Bloody brilliant!

If you asked me a week ago if I was into gay, equine romances, I would have said neigh. Well, that was before I discovered this gem.

Oh my horsey god, this was bloody hilarious as well as heartbreaking. By the end of the series, I was horse with laughter and shedding tears at the same time. It was brilliantly narrated by Stephen Fry, Daniel Rigby and Tamsin Greig, and now rein as my top favourite Audible purchase.

Make hay while the sun shine! Don’t trot, and gallop to the nearest purchase button. You won’t regret it!

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Short but very sweet

Beautiful, hilarious and brilliantly narrated. A complete gem of a story. Well worth a listen.

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Amazing

One of the best things I've ever listened to. Heart breaking ending. Love love it.

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  • 10-05-19

Funnier than expected

I was expecting more of a historical fiction type of story, but the history was mostly background. This book was more of a romantic comedy with occasional references to Napoleon's hemorrhoids and the characters wearing fancy tack for military parades. All three readers were hilarious, portraying funny characters rather than caricatures.

So many horse puns!