A History of the Peninsular War 1807-1809

  • by Charles Oman
  • Narrated by Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
  • 26 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

FNH Audio presents a reading of Charles Oman's classic military history A History of the Peninsular War. In this first volume, a detailed examination is made of the first years of the war, 1807 to 1809. The campaign is examined from both sides using reference materials from British, French, Spanish, and Portuguese sources. This book covers the invasion of Spain and Napoleon's trickery in luring the Spanish crown into prison. It also features Wellington's first peninsular battle and of course the famous retreat to Corunna and the battle at that place.
This history, written many years after Napier's, draws its information from more first-hand accounts and corrects some of more glaring mistakes and biases of Napier. Although this audiobook is abridged, the only text removed is a number of the non-English sections of the Appendix, namely sections one, two, three, four, and seven. All English text from the appendices is present.


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A Classic Mauled

A classic work I've longed to hear, absolutely mauled by incompetent narration. I could have wept. Even basic words like catastrophe were mispronounced. The tale is a magnificent work of late Victorian painstaking research. Oh, for a remake!
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- qwerty

Classic book, insufferable Spanish pronunciation!

What did you like most about A History of the Peninsular War 1807-1809?

This is a great book and one that due to its extension and structure invites itself to an audiobook. A great classic.

What did you like best about this story?

It provides a real view of the situation in Spain, despite the regular drop of over-simplification of Spanish personalities, likely motivated by the Victorian (technically Edwardian) superiority complex to explain weak monarchs as only motivated by imbecility. Spanish governance had actually other severe problems as did the Portuguese at that moment - implying it was the monarchs and not a broader issue that placed both countries in ridiculous circumstances falls all too well in Oman's comtemporary narrative.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It is ludicrous that someone is retained - a very good narrator notwithstanding this particular point - that cannot pronunciate a single Spanish word correctly, considering War Histories mention location every 10 words, it is often unintelligible to understand what location or council or person is mentioned. You would expect that for such a task a narrator that can say "Guadala'h'ara". It is also funny how over time he improves, but in the first 2 hours are just hillarious.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


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- Jose De Oliveira

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-12-2012
  • Publisher: FNH Audio