this series came recommended to me based on my Adoration of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. It is decidedly male counterpart to with her writing I unexpectedly found myself completely drawn in by the characters and the plot. I would like to have a word or two with that sergeant and may have been seen in my car yelling from time to time. one cannot help but love sharp for the way that he simply accepts his fate and rose into a man who feels himself a soldier Worth Fighting For. The honest grappling with his lot in life and his decision to stay or go within an army that is predictable but unjust was quite compelling. perhaps the thing I loved about him most was his relationship with Mrs Bickerstaff and the expression of his wanting her to have a good life. some of the more graphic scenes were a bit violent for my taste and I muted through a total of five or six sentences but could otherwise handle it all. I recommend this book. it was an enjoyable read, and I will be listening to the next in the series! the actor who read the book was truly a delight to listen to and is welcome in my vehicle any time.
The story is very slow at the start. The characters one dimensional. And the end predictable. After reading Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series, this was more like a cheap dime store novel. The narrator reads very like he is uninspired and the "voices" are like B-grade actors.
I feel the 3 stars may even be generous, but as I'm coming off a series of books considered by many to be literature, not just fiction, I felt I should give the story the benefit of the doubt.
Cornwell does a magnificent job telling a compelling and thrilling story; rife with action and drama, into a historical account of Wellesley's career. Absolutely fantastic!
Yes, great story with a chance to learn a little world history.
The setting in the British army and the many voices of Davidsons excellent narrative.
Sharpe, of course!
Will listen to this performance more than once!
The reader has a weird affect where he makes every sentence sound like a question. It's annoying but you get used to it. Otherwise, it's a well researched piece of historical fiction.
fairly odd inflection
I think the story is great and I can follow along quite well despite not knowing a great deal about the British military or military tactics in general from this time. The characters are compelling, moderately complex, but I suspect they will only become more so with time. My only complaint is I feel the narrator isn't the best. I became used to him, but from time to time his inflection would grate on me again. He seems to raise his pitch at the end of every sentence, which gives the entire text a condescending tone. Fortunately this didn't ruin the book. Definitely recommended.