Reminiscences of Captain Gronow

Read by Ruth Golding

(4.7 stars; 14 reviews)

A collection of memoirs about the Peninsular War, the Battle of Waterloo, and society and personalities of Regency London and 19th century Paris, by a sometime Grenadier Guards officer, unsuccessful parliamentarian, and dandy. Gronow displays some social attitudes of the day which would now be regarded as unacceptable, but is a clever raconteur who brings to life both the horrors of war and the gaiety of high society. (Summary by Ruth Golding and Wikipedia)

(5 hr 53 min)


Sections 01 - 12 The Peninsular War 50:04 Read by Ruth Golding
Sections 13 - 17 Regency London 25:50 Read by Ruth Golding
Sections 18 - 25 Regency London 51:11 Read by Ruth Golding
Sections 25 - 33 The Battle of Waterloo 25:55 Read by Ruth Golding
Sections 34 - 42 Military matters; Post-war Paris 33:30 Read by Ruth Golding
Sections 43 - 50 Parisian society 43:17 Read by Ruth Golding
Sections 51 - 61 Parisian society; British and French characters 31:55 Read by Ruth Golding
Sections 62 - 68 Money-lending; British characters 35:48 Read by Ruth Golding
Sections 69 - 73 British characters 18:31 Read by Ruth Golding
Sections 74 - 88 British characters; Franco-British relations 37:44 Read by Ruth Golding


Excellent fun!

(5 stars)

The reader is superb, she could be a professional, and the book itself is fabulous - from anecdotes about Beau Brummel, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Devonshire, to a visit to Byron, in which Gronow discloses that Byron used curling papers nightly to make his signature curls! Wonderful stuff

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(5 stars)

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(4 stars)

Observations on the war were particuularly informative. The reader was excellent as she always is.