An Infamous Army Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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An Infamous Army is read by KristinAtherton, who appears in Waterloo Road.
The Battle of Waterloo. A heart-racing tale of adventure, love and fate against the backdrop of one of the most decisive battles in history by one of the greatest and best-selling romantic novelists of all time.
In 1815, beneath the aegis of the Army of Occupation, Brussels is the gayest town in Europe. And the widow Lady Barbara Childe, renowned for being as outrageous as she is beautiful, is at the centre of all that is fashionable and light-hearted. When she meets Charles Audley, dashing aide-de-camp to the great Duke of Wellington himself, her joie de vivre knows no bounds - until the eve of the fateful Battle of Waterloo....
Georgette Heyer was the creator - greatest practitioner - of the Regency romance, and An Infamous Army shows why she has won the hearts of a whole new audience with her sweeping historical fiction.
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 6 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||04 February 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 42,306 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
401 in Regency Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
736 in War & Military Fiction
1,111 in Historical Military Fiction
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I found that two of my favourite books were part of a four book series so I bought no 3 and enjoyed it, it being in the same vein as the others - boy meets girl, misunderstanding, final happy ending, so I bought no 4.
This book was so unlike any other. Many of the characters were real and the attention to detail of the period and natures of the historical figures was outstanding.
One of the benefits of an e reader is the ability to look up words i didnt understand and translations of other languages- a real boon here. Words and phrases no longer in use etc.
The storyline follows the others - boy meets girl, complications follow, etc, but the details of the actual Battle of Waterloo were amazing.
The battle scenes were so vivid they were ghastly and i found myself skimming through the pages sickened by the carnage.
This book is invaluable in learning of one of the bloodiest periods in our history and the effects on the lives of those involved.
As well as my Kindle editions I have a number of Georgette Heyer paperbacks the cover price of 30p and my maiden name on the flyleaf show they are over 45 years old and quite brittle now but I like to read them again and again. Not so Infamous Army. This won't be read again but will be used as a reminder of the futility and horror of war.
Now back to Jack Reacher.
But on just a few occasions Heyer stood that approach on its head. The Spanish Bride, set in the Peninsular War, is one; another, An Infamous Army, describes the Battle of Waterloo of June 1815. Both are detailed accounts of these military conflicts, in which, respectively, real life characters Harry Smith of the 95th Rifles (he fleetingly reappears in An Infamous Army) and the Duke of Wellington are well to the fore rather than hovering in the background as do eg Brummell, Fox, the Prince Regent, the Patronesses of Almack's, and so many others in Heyer's other romantic historical novels.
As ever, Heyer is meticulous in her research. So much so, that An Infamous Army, it has been said, featured (features?) on the reading lists at Sandhurst as an outstanding literary account of Waterloo. For a lay person, however, I found the detail almost overwhelming; it is also graphic! Even in the hardcopy text, the map on the endpapers tells only a bit of the story: it doesn't even exist in the kindle version. So I was left wondering just where were Hougoumont, La Haye Sainte, and so many other places which feature not just in the battle but in the social excursions of Heyer's imaginary characters. In which respect the maps of Waterloo that Colbeck made years ago may be of use; they can be found online.
Into the embattled foreground of Waterloo, Heyer introduces a typically finely wrought and fraught romance between fictional aide-de-camp Charles Audley (the younger brother of the Earl of Worth, previously encountered in Regency Buck), and the volatile grand-daughter of Dominic, the Duke of Avon. Dominic we previously engaged with in Devil's Cub as the Marquis of Vidal, son of Justin and Leonie of These Old Shades. But aaagh. for once Homer nodded: Heyer was caught napping. In An Infamous Army the family chronology from Justin and Leonie, who meet in 1755, through to 1815 just doesn't add up. Too many generations squeezed into too short a time-scale: the clues are there in the various books! Even so, that's the first clanger I've yet unearthed in Heyer's Regency novels. I guess, given her prodigious output, she's allowed the odd off day...
Those quibbles aside, this is yet another Heyer masterpiece that deserves - needs! - to be read and re-read. The finer details of the battle might overwhelm the reader (or else throw down the gauntlet?), but there remains plenty else to discover and re-discover with every pass through the text. And of course the romantic tale is as ever thoroughly enjoyable.
The Worth family (from Regency Buck) are in Brussels together with Judith’s brother, Peregrine, and his family, and Worth’s younger brother, Col Audley, who is stationed in Belgium. There they encounter the capricious Barbara Childe, great granddaughter of Avon and Leonie from These Old Shades. Despite Barbara’s wild reputation and fickle behaviour, Col Audley falls hopelessly in love with her.
There is just so much to dislike about this book. I found myself indignant at the treatment of poor little Harriet who is suffering from early pregnancy sickness yet is treated with almost impatient indifference by Barbara and Judith. But that aside, the real problem with the book is the way the story is constantly interrupted by descriptions of military appointments until the final quarter which contains an interminable account of every skirmish, battle, and troop disposition at Waterloo.
Despite the fact that the author tries to engage our sympathies for Barbara at the end (by allowing her to provide comfort and nursing to the wounded), she really is not a pleasant character and certainly not one I could care about. I suppose the only bright moment was meeting Vidal and Mary from Devil’s Cub again - him as an irascible grandfather who terrifies his family and her grown rather stout!
I can honestly say if this was the first Heyer novel I had read I would never have read another.