Best-selling novelist Bernard Cornwell crafts a thrilling tale from his immensely popular Richard Sharpe series. In 1809 Lieutenant Sharpe and his riflemen are in Portugal, preparing for Napoleon’s next strike. The smaller English force will probably pull out before it’s too late, but not Sharpe. His orders are to find the missing daughter of an English wine shipper. Just as Sharpe and his men begin their mission, the French launch their punishing assault.
©2003 Bernard Cornwell (P)2003 Recorded Books
I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.
I am a huge Sharpe fan and have read or listened to all the books at least twice. I do notice that when Mr. Cornwell goes back to insert a battle into the original timeline the story is not as crips as before. Mr. Tull does a very fine job but once you listen to Mr. Davidson read, he is so very hard to beat. The story is good. What I am saying is if you have not heard all the other Sharpe stories, start with them and go back and insert these, as Mr. Cornwell did.
I would not recommend this narrator to Americans. Very challenging to understand what the British narrator is saying. I was not able listen in the car because I would have to strain to catch every word and found myself having to rewind constantly. Eventually gave up and just read the book.
Much better than the last "new" Sharpe book, "Sharpe's Prey" that Mr. Cornwell wrote after finishing the series. Overall, this is just another Sharpe adventure; bloody battles, wealthy enemies on his same side, and a damsel in distress. Still, it is a good read and the story flows well.
The story is very interesting and the different characters intertwine to make a great story
Being alittle blood thristy I liked the end at the bridge
He is a great reader, sometimes alittle hard for American listeners but he does the parts very well
Yes, when the bridge gave way and the river filled to overflow with the dead civilians
I am hooked and plan to read more, the action is gripping the story interesting
I am a big fan of the Richard Sharpe stories and just finished with this one. I found the story to be entertaining as usual. The narrarator was excellent if the noise level was low. However when I was in my car, I had a hard time understanding him and had to constantly tweak my volume.
Cornwell's novels seldom disappoint. Patrick Tull is a treasure. If you have not heard his reading of the Aubrey–Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian, you are in for a treat.
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