This was a fairly entertaining story about the British Army in India and Navy in the lead-up to Traflagar. The descriptions of the battle of Trafalgar were exciting and seemed historically accurate. Cornwell does a good job entwining an interesting plot in a historical time line. There are many colorful and engaging characters but little character development. In summary I would describe "Sharpe's Trafalgar" as a Tom Clancy-like treatment of the Napoleanic War Era; Sort of a "The Hunt for Red(white and blue)October - 1805".
Part 2 of this book is missing a large chunk at the beginning. I have compared this to my local public library's print book and book on tape. I believe that Audible needs to fix this as this seems to me simply a technical error and not an issue of "abridged" vs. "unabridged". This is a defective item pure and simple and subscribers should not be charged for a defective item.
Otherwise I agree that Patrick Tull is often difficult to understand as a narrator. I consider this one of the weaker Sharpe novels but they are all enjoyable nonetheless.
This was a change of pace from the normal Sharpe books as it takes place on the seas in a warship. I really enjoyed the fleet battle. But the side story of Sharpe's affair with Lady Grace and the trouble between her husband, Lord Hale, is distracting. Also, I didn't really like the hero-worshiping over Lord Nelson.
I loved the description of the naval strategy, the love story and the bringing in of characters from previous books. I also loved the portrait of Nelson.
My first Sharpe book, alot of action and detail not bad at all
When he goes to board the enemy ship and his ship's captain tells him to stand aside, he will be first into the hornets nest Sharpe follows
The end where the black seaman helps Sharpe dispose of his problem and refuses to take the reward offered Very moving
The captain of the English war ship Sharpe whines up on what a character and crew he has
Watched Sharpes Rifles on BBC and his earlier adventures are just as interesting Good story but sometimes the english reader is difficult to understand But well worth the listen
Of all the Sharpe series, this one has a bit of everything that a good book should; heroism, romance, the inevitable battles of course and a character as like able as he is flawed. The story is spun out over a global scale, historically accurate within its scope and very credible. As a fan of the maritime and history genre, it provided me many contented hours of listening. And IMHO, the narration by p. Tull makes it all that much better. He put the extra bit of life into it and raised the characters to a believable tone. Am I babbling on too much?
Aside from Sharpe, captain Chase acts as a likeable counterpoint to Sharpe, direct, humorous, a character straight from Patrick O'Brian's world.
I have listened to most of P. Tull's narrations; all the Aubry/Maturin series, Sharpe, Moonstone, And
That would be Captn Chase. I think he would prove to be a genial and entertaining companion, able to pick the right wine and make amiable conversation with anyone.
I have not heard the story narrated by any one else, so my viewpoint may be a bit biased. So be it...
I am slowly going through all of the Sharpe's series books....(start from the beginning if at all possible) These are exceptional for all activities in the audio book form as opposed to the kindle or books. I love reading but listening to these are like watching a movie while driving and working around the yard etc. They do switch actors for the different books a bit, but after getting used to a new one, you still get a quality performance. This actor/reader for this book was exceptional. I plan on going through all 24 books. There is another series that is GREAT for audio book you should do for sure if you like these and that is the "Master And Commander" series. They are at the same historic time and every one is like drinking a fine wine! You will laugh, you will cry, you will be on the edge of your seat, etc., etc.. Have Fun!
I have read all the Sharpe books. A while ago I listened to Patrick Tull read a couple of them and I just gave up. I kept wanting to like Tull but in the end I couldn't really follow him. I read another review in which the writer said he sounded like he had marbles in his mouth and I think that's spot on.
Anyway, Davidson is a hudge improvement. When he is doing the voices of the different characters he is especially great. When he is reading the narrative portions of the book he can adopt this bored upper crust British tone that is not only irritating but seems out of place in these books. I got used to it and his voices balanced things out for me.
I would like to see all the Sharpe books re-issues with his narration. I just listened to I and II and was all set to move on to Sharpe's Fortress only to find that there is no narration of it. Both Sharpe's Trafalgar and Sharpe's Prey are only available with Tull reading.
Sharpe's Trafalgar is a decent entry in the Sharpe series, though Sharpe is a little on the sidelines, since he's not actually a sailor. But the narration was really weak. Tull makes... long... pauses... constantly, and it got very annoying very quickly.
Though I love the Sharpe series and enjoyed this novel, I found the recording to be abomidably low in quality and the reader's accent to be very difficult to understand, especially given the low level of audio throughout. I had to push my Ipod to the limit, and then there was still a great deal I missed while listening. Also, the reader feeling that he missed an important part concerning a character's death did not miss it, it is done off-camera, as it were, and amply described by those involved.