Through Russian Snows

Read by Gary Olman

(4.4 stars; 65 reviews)

There are few campaigns that, either in point of the immense scale upon which it was undertaken, the completeness of its failure, or the enormous loss of life entailed, appeal to the imagination in so great a degree as that of Napoleon against Russia. Fortunately, we have in the narratives of Sir Robert Wilson, British commissioner with the Russian army, and of Count Segur, who was upon Napoleon's staff, minute descriptions of the events as seen by eye-witnesses, and besides these the campaign has been treated fully by various military writers. I have as usual avoided going into details of horrors and of acts of cruelty and ferocity on both sides, surpassing anything in modern warfare, and have given a mere outline of the operations, with a full account of the stern fight at Smolensk and the terrible struggle at Borodino. I would warn those of my readers who may turn to any of the military works for a further history of the campaign, that the spelling of Russian places and names varies so greatly in the accounts of different writers, that sometimes it is difficult to believe that the same person or town is meant, and even in the narratives by Sir Robert Wilson, and by Lord Cathcart, our ambassador at St. Petersburg, who was in constant communication with him, scarcely a name will be found similarly spelt. I mention this, as otherwise much confusion might be caused by those who may compare my story with some of these recognized authorities, or follow the incidents of the campaign upon maps of Russia.. (Introduction by G.A. Henty) (11 hr 42 min)


00 - Preface 2:27 Read by Gary Olman
01 - Two Brothers 41:52 Read by Gary Olman
02 - Before the Justices 36:08 Read by Gary Olman
03 - In a fresh Scrape 38:43 Read by Gary Olman
04 - The Smuggler's Cave 36:20 Read by Gary Olman
05 - Following a Trail 37:48 Read by Gary Olman
06 - A Commission 40:11 Read by Gary Olman
07 - A French Prision 36:09 Read by Gary Olman
08 - Pistol Practice 37:53 Read by Gary Olman
09 - A Duel 38:40 Read by Gary Olman
10 - Smolensk 39:38 Read by Gary Olman
11 - With the Russian Army 38:39 Read by Gary Olman
12 - Borodino 1:05:05 Read by Gary Olman
13 - With the Rear Guard 45:23 Read by Gary Olman
14 - Ney's Retreat 1:02:55 Read by Gary Olman
15 - In Comfortable Quarters 39:02 Read by Gary Olman
16 - An Unexpected Meeting 1:05:18 Read by Gary Olman



(5 stars)

Henty furnishes a fine insight into the brutalities and sufferings of both sides during this terrible war. The reader does a credible job; thanks to him.

Enjoyed it very much!

(5 stars)

Thank you for this heartfelt reading.

(5 stars)

Nice piece. Many thanks to the reader.

(4 stars)

Great story with a mediocre reader. Lots of mispronounced words and places where the recording was made on top of another recording, so it is difficult to understand. Still interesting though!

(3 stars)

Would someone else please read this book. He reads like a 4th grader and I can't follow the story for the distraction.