Yes! Excellent man book/series! Lots of action, desirable women, low requirement for willing suspension of disbelief, and a great way to learn history. The author does a wonderful job of weaving a fictional character into real, very exciting history. I've listened to all of the books in this series and they were all good. This should really be 4 to 4.5 stars but people just don't know to use a rating system and think that 4 is not a good rating.
COL Guidan- poor guy was stuck with the Tipoo and wanted so much to leave
wished I could have
Love this series. Wish there were more. Ran out so I have started again. Narrators are excellent. Some of the best historical fiction in my opinion
I really enjoyed the story but the production quality is terrible. The audio is kinda scratchy and the narrator voice sounds like he has a dry mouth or is clicking his dentures. Very annoying. I did enjoy the different voices. The story is excellent and I think I'll just read the rest of the books.
Like many, the character of Sharpe was not new to me, but I had always seen and read various stories in an order very different than the series progressed. This book is where it all starts, and it is a must read for those interested in the series and the character of Sharpe. As with most, if not all, of Cornwell's works, this is well researched and written.
Unfortunately, this is one of the rare cases where the narrator detracted from the story. I found his cadence disjointed, with frequent pauses in areas that interrupted the flow. Inflection and modulation was also missing, no matter how urgent the action or scene. Maybe it was just me, but I found the audio version hard to listen to.
My final recommendation: read the book. The book itself is a "must" for fans of the series, but avoid the narration.
I love books, no matter the form. They have always been the place to go for peace and quiet.
Yes I would. There is no such thing as a bad Sharpe book.
Yes it has. I have read all of the Sharpe books. I read them before I bought the Audible narration.
Cornwell is a wonderful story teller. As the volumes increased there are many instances of Cornwell plagiarizes himself.
As with other read and listen narration, it's a bit slow.
If you've watched Sharpe's Rifles you have a face to go with the characters. It makes the story so much better.
I was afraid this would be a story written with modern attitudes, sensibilities, isms, etc and be merely labled as historical fiction as is so often the case. Aside from characters, plot, etc. what I really like about this series is that it seems sociologically realistic. One imagines 1800s Brit sociology, esp military, very much not PC by modern sensibilities. This was back when people actually still dueled from time to time. There were great, interesting characters, both male and, which is more rare regardless of genera, female. Sharpe's lady love isn't a basketcase, genius prodigy despite having no education either, nor more butch than the guys, or any of that stuff from modern settings I usually find teleported back and passed off as a historical novel. She has a good head on her shoulders, like Sharpe, and I but how things work out for them. Overall a great adventuring romp.