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Sharpe's Fortress: The Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803 (The Sharpe Series, Book 3) Audiobook

Sharpe's Fortress: The Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803 (The Sharpe Series, Book 3)

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Publisher's Summary

Ensign Richard Sharpe, newly made an officer, wishes he had stayed a sergeant after he is put in terrible danger by Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill at the impregnable Gawilghur's ravine.

To regain his confidence and his authority, Sharpe will fight as he has never fought before.

Soldier, hero, rogue - Sharpe is the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles whose green jacket he proudly wears.

©1999 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishing Limited

What the Critics Say

"Sharpe and his creator are national treasures." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation." (Daily Mail)
"Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched."(Observer)
"The best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive." (George R.R. Martin)

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    Ekhp 03-28-16
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    "Love it"

    This was the best Sharpe story yet in my opinion. I really am enjoying the series notwithstanding that I am not a Great War buff nor have any special interest in that time period in India. The story is great and the historical references have made me curious and interested in the time and setting. Can't wait to start the next one.

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    "Anti gun, but still love Cornwell"

    Don't understand how I can love this author so much because his books are so violent. Perhaps that violence is in all of us, but just under the surface, hidden away, but by God I love Bernard Cornwell. I love everything he has ever written and am on my second and third listens and/ or reads of each book. His heroes are real heroes. His historical research is marvelous, and he is a wonderful writer. I have learned so much about guns, long bows, artillery and long boats. For the lover of historical fiction, it doesn't get much better than this.

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  • Simon
    Waterlooville, UK
    10/14/15
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    "High Octane from the Very Start"

    I'm honestly not sure how Cornwell does it. I am just glad that he does. This series is, even at this early stage, is showing me exactly why it has won so many plaudits over the years. The action starts from the very first page and continues apace throughout the book. All the conerstones of the previous books are here including the excellent historical knowledge and the engaging characters including of course Obadiah Hakeswill who for his sheer black-souled awfulness has fast become one of my favourite fictional characters.

    All of this set against a rich backdrop of the vastness of India and brought to life peerlessly by Rupert Farley though one of the Indian characters did seem to change voicing slightly part way through. A minor comment on an excellent performance as he brought not just the Indian characters to life but also the upper class officers, the belligerent Sharpe and of course the venomous serpent that is Hakeswill.

    If you like historical military fiction . . . I have found few better books than this.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • paul
    8/20/16
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    "great stuff"

    all of these books are fantastic made better by the fact that the narrator is the same giving the series continuity... of all of Bernard's books Sharpe is his best

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  • Mme
    6/13/16
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    "Stunning!"

    Even better, if possible, than the first two Sharpe stories. Wonderful characters and fabulous battle scenes. Thoroughly recommended!!

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  • Adam Clarke
    5/3/16
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    "Fantastic as always Sharpe and Farley!"

    Rupert Farley brings Sharpe to life with wonderful accents and an excellent pace to his story telling. I almost feel I am there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eddie
    4/6/16
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    "Rupert Farley's narration is superb"
    Where does Sharpe's Fortress: The Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803 (The Sharpe Series, Book 3) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Rupert Farley brings the book to life and it is so pleasing he has continued with the Richard Sharpe series. I shall continue to the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • j a bezant
    3/1/16
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    "smell the smoke and hear the cannon"

    Another awesome historical novel, packed with action emotion and atmosphere. Horrible villains and earthy heroes

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ron
    1/10/16
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    "wonderful, as usual"

    sublime story, fantastic performance. just wish this series wasn't quite so excellent as I've done the whole book in a weekend ( again ) 👍

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  • Nick
    South West Wales
    12/1/15
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    "Well read by Rupert Farley"
    If you could sum up Sharpe's Fortress: The Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803 (The Sharpe Series, Book 3) in three words, what would they be?

    Very well read


    What did you like best about this story?

    Rupert Farley really makes this a good book to listen to. He gives life to all the main characters in what is a good story. Most enjoyable as were the previous two books in the series. I look forward to following the further adventures of Sharpe. I would recommend this series to anyone that likes fictional military history.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoyed the whole book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    1/13/15
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    "One of the best Sharpe novels"

    Solid plot, fabulously narrated and the dialogue really brings the characters to life. It really draws you in. And rather than a dry description, the battle scenes are nicely woven into Sharpe's own story so that you get carried away with the action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    12/1/14
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    "Bernard Cornwell"
    What did you like most about Sharpe's Fortress: The Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803 (The Sharpe Series, Book 3)?

    Bernard Cornwell has an amazing talent of stringing fact and fiction together. the story lines of the sharpe chronicles mean that you are on a roller coaster of emotion through the stories. Gripping all the way.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Has to be Sharpe, he is a gritty and stubborn character and you wish you were him.


    What does Rupert Farley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The mix of very good accents.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Very much so


    Any additional comments?

    I have the full collection of paper back and could not put the series down 8 years ago when i first read them all, 20 odd books read in 3 months. It is the same with the audio books and a pleasure to revisit the series again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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