In the spring of 1811, one of the most bitter battles of the Peninsular War is about to commence. The hopes and hearts of all of Britain are turned toward Spain, where victory will be won or lost.
A skilled leader and proven hero, Richard Sharpe takes charge of an Irish battalion from the king of Spain's household guard. But poorly equipped and untrained, they are easily ambushed by an elite French unit commanded by Sharpe's deadly enemy, Brigadier General Guy Loup. Sharpe and Loup have tangled before, and now the fighting wolf means to exact his revenge. But something goes terribly wrong in their bloody skirmish, and Sharpe is faced with the ruin of his career and reputation. Stripped of everything he holds dear, all he has left is his honor, spirit, and courage. To redeem himself in the eyes of his men and his country, his task is clear: to lead his men to glory on the bloody streets of Spain, or die trying.
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©1995 Bernard Cornwell; (P)1999 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Cornwell writes more gripping battle scenes than any other contemporary author." (Kirkus Reviews)
Fredrick Davidson must really enjoy the Sharpe novels. I have listened to him on several different titles and he is always solid but many times he comes across as a precise but aloof narrator. This is not the case with Sharpe as he really comes alive reading Bernard Cornwell's series. I recognize every character by the voice he gives them, without needing the text to guide me, and his Patrick Harper is perfect. The emotions in the words on the page erupt into reality as Davidson tells the story. Other narrators do a quality job with Cornwell's work but Davidson is the best.
This would not be possible of course if Cornwell didn't write such memorable tales. I have listened to every unabridged work by Cornwell that Audible has offered and eagerly await the ones to come.
Sharpe is a British solder fighting during the Napoleonic war. This book has fast action, likable good guys, despicable bad guys, factual accurate battle scenes, and, all and all, great fun!
I don't think this is the best of the Sharpe books as it seemed a little formulaic, but it was still fun to listen to. Enjoyed the different Irish accents in this one.
Mr Cornwell keeps desinging pitfalls for Sharpe to fall into but Sharpe always escapes with a rifle and his infantry sword. Sharpe,s antagonist is a nasty French brigadier who gambles everything on A roll of the dice
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Sexy women, evil villain, powerful political forces, humour and honour all thrown in for what can only be a classic Sharpe story. The battle is described perfectly and with style, the characters a little cliqué but Frederick Davidson does an excellent job on accents, voices and keeping the story moving along. Not just an action story but a thriller to boot. If you like your Sharpe books then you will not be disappointed with this one. I think Sharpe has lost a dozen of his original 30 odd Riflemen by now, meaning he is down to about 20 now.
A great adventure and a blood bath to rival any Shakespeare play.
Cornwell's Sharpe series is for the guy that likes to hear the stories of hand to hand combat during the Napoleonic era. Fredrick Davidson does the best narration, and does such an awesome job of creating excitement with the battle scenes that I could listen to them over and over again.
Having the entire story. losing the last several minutes ruined everything
Good historical novel
Not without the rest of the story
It was infuriating to listen to 11 hours and then lose the climax.
I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.
Mr. Davidson makes this book come alive. With the characters that you will either love or hate, the excitement and dread of battle come alive. There were times I actually laughed out loud while listening to this novel.
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