Prepare to be hooked on Richard Sharpe. From the moment our uneducated, street-smart, ruthless hero steps onto the pages, you will fall in love with Private Sharpe. He may not be book educated, but through his native cunning and ruthlessness, he sure knows how to get out of a scrape with his skin intact. An honorable rogue is our Richard too.
Bernard Cornwell introduces the reader to a really enjoyable everyday guy who is just trying to survive the army. Lurching from one mistake after another, Sharpe almost loses it all... only to hit the jackpot in the end.
From my first reading so long ago, I have loved every story about Sharpe. The writing is excellent, the storyline enjoyable, and the characters believable. This book is an excellent way to pass a day or two.
Frederick Davidson is an outstanding narrator. His British accent adds realism to the story and his narration is a pleasure to hear. Yet his accent does not become a barrier to the enjoyment as I have found with Patrick Tull.
Was not expecting such an entertaining historical novel. Felt like you were there. Good main character development and a lot of action.
Elegant, Fun, Sharp...e
Richard Sharpe of course
They are all spot on.
No need to rename it.
pompous, stilted, slow
I want to learn history while being entertained. This book didn't succeed in either. I gave it a 3 rating because it was a reasonable attempt.
This is an astoundingly good read.I have listened to several of the later Sharp novels in no particular order and they are all good.This is the 1st in the Sharp series and it TOWERS OVER THE OTHERS I have listened to.Part of it must be the brilliant narration of Fredrick Davidson.
If they gave out Oscar's for Audio book narration this would be a lock.
[Hey!maybe some kind of listener voter awards might be a good idea].
The gritty dialogue of the soldiers ,officers,characters and especially the villainous sergeant[who refers to Sharp in his brutally sarcastic tone as Sharpeee] doesn't get any better.
It's like you are right there experiencing the good,the bad and the ugly of the British army in India.The explosive opening chapter paints a vivid portrait of the army on the move and plunges you right into a battle with plundering aplenty to follow.
Then it gets better.
It's easy to see how the 1st Sharp novel launched this successful series and created such a demand from the reading public for more.
Sooner or later, it all gets real!
Having read one of the later books first, I had hopes for this series. The later stories get better as the author grows into the story. The performance is great. Recommended as a launching pad for the better later books in the series.
This is well done, men and women easy to differentiate. It is a good idea to start here as it lays the foundation for the other adventures. Five stars , Well I just love Richard. What can I say?
Cornwell's portrayal of life with the British Army in India during the late 1700's is a great read. A good deal of research went into this and the rest of the Sharpe series.