Sharpe's Tiger is an exciting beginning to the novels in the Sharpe series. Bernard Cornwell has done a great job blending a fictional hero, Richard Sharpe, with historically balanced accounts of Britain's wars in India and Europe from the 1790's through 1815. In each tale Cornwell paints a beautifully detailed picture of daily life in the British army, while placing Sharpe in countless dangerous and dramatic situations. Because it is the first Sharpe book and also because of the exotic 18th century Indian setting, Sharpe's Tiger remains my favorite of the series.
Frederick Davidson (a/k/a David Case) does his usual superb job narrating Cornwell's story. It is astounding that a single performer can create so many beautiful voices and thereby give life to so many distinct characters.
I have only three regrets about Audible's Sharpe stories. First, although Cornwell's series unfolds over multiple novels in sequential order, Audible's library does not include every book. The reader is left to seek out the missing volumes elsewhere. Second, among those Sharpe books that Audible does sell, several are provided in only abridged form, with entire scenes and characters left out. Third, although a large number of the Sharpe books are brilliantly read by Frederick Davidson, some of the books are read by other narrators whose performances are not nearly as polished, greatly lessening the reader's enjoyment of those episodes.
Overall, Sharpe's Tiger is highly recommended as first rate historical fiction, superbly performed. And, if you enjoy this tale there are 20 other Sharpe books to seek out!
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