The Great Shadow

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(4.5 stars; 328 reviews)

Set in an English-Scottish border village during the waning days of the Napoleonic era, this adventure story introduces us to Jock Calder, whose quiet way of life is shattered when a mysterious stranger steps ashore near his home. The stranger changes forever the lives of Jock, his cousin Edie, and his best friend Jim, sending the young men into the jaws of the final battle to defeat The Great Shadow that threatens to devour the whole of Europe. Don't look for Sherlock Holmes in this well-written tale, but do expect a wonderful glimpse of life at the end of the Napoleonic era, including an exciting rendition of The Battle of Waterloo. (Introduction by Christine Dufour) (3 hr 51 min)


Chapter 01 22:22 Read by Jacquerie
Chapter 02 15:43 Read by Jacquerie
Chapter 03 17:53 Read by Jacquerie
Chapter 04 18:38 Read by Jacquerie
Chapter 05 17:01 Read by Jacquerie
Chapter 06 11:29 Read by Jacquerie
Chapter 07 23:55 Read by Jacquerie
Chapter 08 7:32 Read by Jacquerie
Chapter 09 7:12 Read by Jacquerie
Chapter 10 12:16 Read by Jacquerie
Chapter 11 19:16 Read by Jacquerie
Chapter 12 29:48 Read by Jacquerie
Chapter 13 13:15 Read by Jacquerie
Chapter 14 7:40 Read by Jacquerie
Chapter 15 7:59 Read by Jacquerie


good book

(4 stars)

narrator was a bit monotone, and it was a shorter story than I like from sacd, but was still good.

(4 stars)

Good story, fast paced and well read.

Bravo from Borneo

(4 stars)

This is an excellent tale of life, friendships and love set in Scotland's coastal countryside during the time of the Napoleonic war. It is just like ACD to create such an engaging and insightful link between the juxtaposition of rural Scotland and war torn Europe and the carnage that was to be found there. The character development is sublime as is the plot line. Chapeau to the narrator who was herself excellent.


(5 stars)

ACD once again uses his great imaginative descriptive powers to give the reader a very different view of the escape of Napolean from Elba and the ultimate crushing of the French army by Wellington. One studies this famous battle in many ways, but this simple narrative of a private engaging in the only battle of his career brings home to the reader the desperation of war.

A fine story by a great author.

(5 stars)

I've been a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for most of my life being a Sherlock Holmes fan. I wasn't aware of his other writings. This story was an unexpected pleasure, and the reader did an excellent job in reading the story. Thank you.

(5 stars)

An excellent story! This author was an outstanding writer of historical fiction, which came as a surprise to me, since he is usually known for his Sherlock Holmes stories. This novel was captivating!

Great story twist on history

(4 stars)

Another Doyle story from the Nepoleaonic war - love story. Liked his stories of Brigadier Gerard as well if u can find them

no Sherlock but great adventure story

(5 stars)

I highly recommend this for anyone who likes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's style, adventure stories. Narrated well and in beautiful English.