Say something about yourself!
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.
I have all the DVDs of the Sharpe series, unfortunately this one wasn't made in to a movie, so this is the next best thing.
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.
This is no doubt a great listen and should be on everyones list interested in historical fiction. As another reviewer points out the narrator is doing a great job with different characters and accents. I actually thought this was the best narration I heard on any Audiobook (Bill Bryson does an excellent job as well but he writes different books altogether).
The one problem with the book I thought is that the Hero of the story in the end turns more into a superhero and succeeds in all his challenges with such an ease that you start thinking he is indestructible. His by fighters should have been given more strength or involvement in my opinion.
But I really enjoyed this well written and well read book!
I am now well into the Sharpe series but thought it was worth coming back to review "Tiger". While this is the first (chronologically) of the series it is still one of the best (don't get me wrong - they are all good). I have never had much exposure to the British in India (school never covered this period of historical events) and although the story is fiction, the narration gave me a small sense of what happened.
I highly recommend continuing with the series. However, a small word of warning - as the reviewer above indicated Cornwell did not start his writing with "Tiger" so you will find a slight change in tone a few books onwards.