At the Point of the Bayonet: A Tale of the Mahratta War


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(4.4 stars; 39 reviews)

The story of the war in which the power of the great Mahratta confederacy was broken ended in the firm establishment of the British Empire the Indian Peninsula. When the struggle began, the Mahrattas were masters of no small portion of India; their territory comprising the whole country between Bombay and Delhi, and stretching down from Rajputana to Allahabad; while in the south they were lords of the district of Cuttack, thereby separating Madras from Calcutta. The jealousies of the great Mahratta leaders, Holkar and Scindia, who were constantly at war with each other, or with the Peishwa at Poona, divided and weakened the nation and allowed the British to conquer, although at the cost of much blood, to free a large portion of India from a race that was a scourge--faithless, intriguing and crafty; cruel, and reckless of life. Henty paints the Mahrattas as cowardly tyrants and deserving of their ultimate downfall. - Summary by Lynne Thompson/ G. A. Henty (12 hr 53 min)

Chapters

Preface 2:32 Read by Lynne T
A Faithful Nurse Part 1 18:01 Read by Lynne T
A Faithful Nurse Part 2 23:05 Read by Lynne T
A Strange Bringing Up Part 1 28:23 Read by Dave Gillespie
A Strange Bringing Up Part 2 32:21 Read by Dave Gillespie
A Change In Affairs Part 1 18:04 Read by Soumen Barua
A Change In Affairs Part 2 24:10 Read by Soumen Barua
A British Resident Part 1 23:01 Read by Soumen Barua
A British Resident Part 2 22:39 Read by Soumen Barua
Down To Bombay Part 1 10:24 Read by Adele de Pignerolles
Down To Bombay Part 2 9:49 Read by Lynne T
Down To Bombay Part 3 9:58 Read by Lynne T
Down To Bombay Part 4 10:22 Read by Mike Pelton
In The Company Service Part 1 20:55 Read by Mike Pelton
In The Company Service Part 2 22:16 Read by Mike Pelton
An Act Of Treachery Part 1 19:37 Read by Soumen Barua
An Act Of Treachery Part 2 23:42 Read by Soumen Barua
Nana's Release Part 1 23:21 Read by Soumen Barua
Nana's Release Part 2 22:28 Read by Soumen Barua
A Popular Tumult Part 1 20:08 Read by deongines
A Popular Tumult Part 2 18:00 Read by deongines
A Mission By Sea Part 1 15:37 Read by deongines
A Mission By Sea Part 2 23:01 Read by deongines
A Prisoner Part 1 16:25 Read by deongines
A Prisoner Part 2 17:49 Read by deongines
The Defence Of Johore Part 1 17:27 Read by JaredHB
The Defence Of Johore Part 2 18:40 Read by JaredHB
The Break Up Of The Monsoon Part 1 19:47 Read by Michele Eaton
The Break Up Of The Monsoon Part 2 14:53 Read by Michele Eaton
The Great Andaman Part 1 17:26 Read by Lynne T
The Great Andaman Part 2 18:08 Read by Lynne T
Assaye Part 1 16:48 Read by deongines
Assaye Part 2 20:52 Read by deongines
A Disastrous Retreat Part 1 16:06 Read by Esther ben Simonides
A Disastrous Retreat Part 2 18:29 Read by Esther ben Simonides
An Escape Part 1 17:29 Read by Esther ben Simonides
An Escape Part 2 14:45 Read by Esther ben Simonides
An Awkward Position Part 1 12:18 Read by Esther ben Simonides
An Awkward Position Part 2 11:39 Read by Esther ben Simonides
An Awkward Position Part 3 8:30 Read by Esther ben Simonides
Bhurtpoor 16:02 Read by Rachel
Home Part 1 19:14 Read by Esther ben Simonides
Home Part 2 19:18 Read by Esther ben Simonides

Reviews

Excellent Story. The Last reader spoils it a bit.

(4.5 stars)

Brilliant Story from the British point of view when they are trying to conquer another land... How they try to justify it, it is hilarious. But still a wonderful tale. Ruined a bit by the last reader. Also the ending I thought was abrupt.

A LOT OF HISTORY

(4.5 stars)

A mpst informative examination of the wars in question. Most of the readers did a good job, but Esrher needs to understand that there is much more to good reading than breakneck speeding.

Suffers from some of the readers

(4 stars)

Standard Henty fare; well written, informative, British at it's best, Love it!!! Some of the book suffers due to readers being unable to pronounce Indian names and words (I laughed when the 'J's became Hispanic sounding 'H's - like In the Raha of Hohoray). Finally, will somebody please instruct Esther Ben Simonides how to read for public consumption?? I'm sure she means well, ALL the volunteers do, but she rushes through her chapters as though she's in a race or, more likely, rushing to get her homework finished!! Then when she slows down for a voice characterisation of dialogue, these BOOM out five times louder than the rest of the text (I think it's to make sure you're awake!!). Good effort Esther, but please slow down so we can catch up and try to stay at an even distance from the microphone so we don't keep reaching for the volume knob!!

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(4 stars)

A fantastic book thank you to all the readers. The last reader needs pace herself as speed reading is never easy to listen to.

(5 stars)

Excellent Book and special thanks to all the Readers for bringing this book to life