With Frederick The Great: A Story of the Seven Years' War

Read by Gary Olman

(4.3 stars; 83 reviews)

Among the great wars of history there are few, if any, instances of so long and successfully sustained a struggle, against enormous odds, as that of the Seven Years' War, maintained by Prussia--then a small and comparatively insignificant kingdom--against Russia, Austria, and France simultaneously, who were aided also by the forces of most of the minor principalities of Germany. The population of Prussia was not more than five millions, while that of the Allies considerably exceeded a hundred millions. Prussia could put, with the greatest efforts, but a hundred and fifty thousand men into the field, and as these were exhausted she had but small reserves to draw upon; while the Allies could, with comparatively little difficulty, put five hundred thousand men into the field, and replenish them as there was occasion. That the struggle was successfully carried on, for seven years, was due chiefly to the military genius of the king; to his indomitable perseverance; and to a resolution that no disaster could shake, no situation, although apparently hopeless, appall. Something was due also, at the commencement of the war, to the splendid discipline of the Prussian army at that time; but as comparatively few of those who fought at Lobositz could have stood in the ranks at Torgau, the quickness of the Prussian people to acquire military discipline must have been great; and this was aided by the perfect confidence they felt in their king, and the enthusiasm with which he inspired them. ( Summary by G .A .Henty ) (13 hr 3 min)


Preface 4:05 Read by Gary Olman
King and Marshal 39:44 Read by Gary Olman
Joining 36:07 Read by Gary Olman
The Outbreak of War 40:42 Read by Gary Olman
Promotion 34:20 Read by Gary Olman
Lobositz 37:07 Read by Gary Olman
A Prisoner 37:24 Read by Gary Olman
Flight 37:15 Read by Gary Olman
Progue 39:33 Read by Gary Olman
In Disguise 37:54 Read by Gary Olman
Rossbach 39:40 Read by Gary Olman
Leuthen 40:09 Read by Gary Olman
Another Step 37:30 Read by Gary Olman
Hochkirch 36:35 Read by Gary Olman
Breaking Prison 35:11 Read by Gary Olman
Escaped 36:41 Read by Gary Olman
At Mindem 32:34 Read by Gary Olman
Unexpected News 37:23 Read by Gary Olman
Engaged 35:26 Read by Gary Olman
Liegnitz 37:31 Read by Gary Olman
Torgau 37:11 Read by Gary Olman
Home 32:59 Read by Gary Olman



(5 stars)

Henty never fails to entertain as well as educate. I doubt that there exists a more concise history of this seldom studied war. I take exception to the chastising of the narrator. As I am unable to read for more than 15 minutes at a time, I have the greatest appreciation for Mr. Olney's generous donation of his time.

(3.5 stars)

Dear Gary!, I just want to thank you for reading this book to me. I'm not a very diciplined reader and would have never read this history without your help. Thank you sincerely, Evan Bradow

(4 stars)

I see so many reviews hating on the narrator. To me he reminds me of when my grampa used to read to me. Also, I have listened to quite a few of G.A. Henty's books on Librovox, this guy is a professional compared to some of the other narrators of his books. Some sound like they are reading with a wet sponge in there mouths in high speed. Fact is, it is free but it would be nice if they put other versions with different narrators . (Maybe they do and I haven't come across it yet.) Different people have different taste. Ease up on the older gentleman who read this, I am sure that he did his best.

(4 stars)

Good book if you enjoy old miliarty histories the reviews on the reader are unjustified, very good reader only issues are lower than usual volume and slight repetitions which are technical difficulties and did not take away from the reading.


(5 stars)

i think it's a lot of good discipline the prussians must have had to maintain a war at 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 to for 7 years!😮

it was more about an officer in the seven years' war

(4 stars)

it was interesting and though not perfect i really enjoyed it.

(1 stars)

tried, but I just couldn't handle the problems with the reader. even though a volunteer, good intentions are not a qualifier.

Excellent story

(5 stars)

The reader is not the most polished, but the story is worth the effort.