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"The best of the series thus far." (Los Angeles Times)
"Consistently exciting...these are wonderful novels." (Stephen King)
I am an avid eclectic reader.
I have enjoyed this series and can not wait to start the next book. I usually alternate the Sharpe series with Patrick O'Brian's Capt Aubrey series. I prefer Patrick Tull narration better but am getting us to Davidson. Cornwell is the master of battle scenes.
I like military fiction as a wonderful form of escapist entertainment. Great beach books. I read all of the 20+ volumes of Patrick O’Brian’s tales of the Royal Navy of 1800 and they were great – generally 5-star. I decided to embark on the Sharpe series as a break from more serious historical reading (or listening). The writing is not of the quality of O’Brian but the stories are real action dramas based on historical events involving the British army complete with “knights in shining armor” and black hearted villains. I have enjoyed three of the series so far. Shades of Horatio Hornblower.
When the narration first started I was trying to figure out how and why I down loaded this book. I was quickly drawn into the characters and life of 16th century Europe, Full of one nation battling another nation as a common way for man in making a living ,Factual to an extent the author draws you into the depth of death and life as modern man could ,would or should not experience . Very likable or not characters; full of life, or themselves, with hero's and villains. Really makes you look at a part of history that was so very very awful, Read it if your feeling a little put out. You have no idea how life could be or was. Great Read.
I really enjoyed this one. It's a little bit less repetitive than some of the other Sharpe books. The telling of the storming of the Badahoth was really well done (both written and narrorated). The return of a villan also added to the enjoyability of the story.
Every one of the Sharpe series so far have been great. "Company" is no exception. Step by step narration of the seiges makes this book/iPod hard to put down (although I find parts a bit gorey so hopefully you have a strong stomach). Furthermore, as Cornwell adhered close to the facts it was also a mini history lesson.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Nothing is going right for Sharpe. He loses his captaincy, his company, his regiment and Sgt Harpers stripes.
He does get a daughter, a marriage, an old enemy in the name of Sgt Hackworth and a new colonel.
He still has his supporters like Wellington, Major Hogan, his men and no Frenchman or Spaniard trying to kill him personally.
So not all bad, but Sharpe gets through this mess and Bernard Cornwell does an excellent job in telling this story. You feel the frustrations of sieges, basic soldiering and officers careers but what really comes out is the built up anxiety before the storming of Badajoz and the wild kaos of the troops with murder, rape and every type of debauchery let lose.
Great story that Frederick Davidson does a great job narrating. Well worth the read.
Yes. This series is one of the most compelling I have ever read. The mix of Richard Sharpe's career in the British army in the context of actual battles in Europe is wonderful. The historical notes add another dimension to the story.
The reappearance of the many memorable characters as Sharpe battles the war and his demons provides a consistency to the story line. the detail drawn from historical records and letters from the soldiers actually in the war make the story, as one would expect, quite believeable.
I don't recall his name, but all of the Sharpe series narattors are very much part of the enjoyment as they play the parts. I really can't imagine reading the book when such talented people can present it as if it were a play, or that you were actually there.
I like the title being the accomplishment at the end of the story. The Author typically does this. Very effective, I think.
I love the books -- each one of them. The use of mostly dialog to describe the situations and what is happening with particularly telling details demonstrates a remarkable skill.
I find the Cornwell Sharpe's series to be excellent tales. However, Frederick Davidson's narrative is terrible! Nothing at all as Sharpe should be portrayed - his affected accents are patently fake - especially the Irish! Ruined what should have been a good story - no more for me!
Having listened to the Sharpe stories narrated by Sean Bean and Paul McGann, I found Frederick Davidson's accents jarring on the ear. Probably not a problem if you've not heard the others or seen any of the TV series.
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