I have nothing to offer anyone except my own confusion.
It creates the character of Richard Sharpe of course. Gives a little more detail on how he was able to rise from the ranks and gives a great background to the Napoleonic Conflict to describe the various British / East India Company battles in India (though, much like the American conflicts with Native Americans, there isn't much glory in the British "invasion" of India, nor does Mr. Cornwell place any.)
It compares well with any of the Sharpe novels. As it was written chronologically after many of the Napoleonic Sharpe novels, the author does a wonderful job of going back and explaining the background of many of the Sharpe characters and story lines.
Again that would have to be Richard Sharpe, for fairly obvious reasons.
As I didn't start on the Sharpe novels until last year, it raised my anticipation level for the remaining Sharpe novels (which, with one exception, I devoured in about a months time).
The story is fast paced and historically interesting. The narrator does a great job moving between the different characters. I felt like I was listening to a master story teller, rather than listening to someone read a book aloud. I listen to audible books primarily in the car, and I couldn't wait to get into the car and listen. I have read most of the Sharpe series over the past 20 years so I expected the story to be entertaining, but the narrator really brings this book to life.
Sharpe's individual encounter with the tiger guarding the prison cells is a very memorable moment.
My favorite scene is either Sharpe's enounter with the tiger at the prison cells or when Sharpe is first tested by the Tipoo.
Yes. I found myself looing for a reason to get into the car so i could continue listening to the story.
I am new the Private Sharpe's world, and to Bernard Cornwell's work as an author. The latter's gifts are evident by the quality of writing, and the mastery over the English language that he brings to his story.
Sharpe's Tiger brings a fictional account to a true historic event. It is worth listening to the prologue if you have an interest in the stories origins specifically, or to history in general.
This is not a period in history that I particularly enjoy learning about. If it had I am sure I would have enjoyed this series immensely. As it was it was an enjoyable listen, and kept my interest throughout.
This book ranks among my enjoyable books. It was not among the outstanding, but good nonetheless.
This book made me feel like I was on the infantry side of the Aubrey/Maturin series.
The narration was good. Sometimes the suspense was drawn out too long, but overall well done and an interesting read.
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.