Brutal Valour: The Tragedy of Isandlwana

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer nutbutter on 11-12-17

great story

great story about some truly heroic deeds an men. War is never a pretty thing,never like tv. But men can aspire to some awe inspiring moments at such times. This book ,I think captured it greatly

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4 out of 5 stars
By Margaret on 24-11-17

Wonderful glimpse into history

I love well researched and well written historical fiction and this book is exactly that. How much of the personality, behavior and opinions of the characters is true to history... I don't know. What I do know is, that each character was written in a truly believable manner that was engaging and kept me on the edge of my earbuds wanting to know how their role, in this part of history, would unfold. The story was written with glimpses into the actions and beliefs/ motivations of many characters.
The story was told through the people on both sides of the conflict. The details describing the harsh conditions and battles were enough for me to feel for those involved and get a sense of the tragic affair without being too overly gory.
I have never seen any of the movies or learned much about the Anglo-Zulu wars.

I want to listen to the next book! I would definitely read/ listen to another by this author.

The narrator did a wonderful job with the voices and bringing life to the story. I am not an expert on the Zulu language but I think he did a great job pronouncing the Zulu words and names and phrases. He spoke them without stumbling or hesitation which made them sound all the more correct.

I was given this free, review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nomi on 21-11-17

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This was a fascinating book. I knew nothing of this historically speaking so now I’ll have to learn more. Very interesting. Well written with characters that held my interest. I definitely enjoyed this one. The narration was well done. Great performance.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mary Karowski on 12-11-17

The Zulu war brought to life

I grew up a fan of history and of the wars that shaped our world. One of my favorite movies as a child and as an adult was Zulu, Michael Caine’s first movie (he played Bromhead). A tale of the battle for Rorke’s drift. This story is book 1 is the Zulu war a historical fiction that takes you and puts you right there into the hearts and minds of the British, the Zulu and the other native and settlers of the era and area. It covers the event leading up to and the subsequent disaster that was the battle of Islandawana, the precursor to the battle of Rorke’s drift. The story lends a gritty realism to the facts of the battle and truly connects you to the players that shaped the war into what it was. Highly recommend and can’t wait for the rest of the series. Many hours of great entertainment. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tyler Beal on 06-04-17

Excellent Rendition

Excellent rendition of a brutal event. The historical accuracy was spot on and Mace filled in the gaps wonderfully with his own narrative, bringing the characters on both sides of this conflict to life. Context was laid nicely and the battle itself was very well done. Waters' did a fine job narrating as well, deftly navigating the accents and names. Anxiously awaiting part two...

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