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"Consistently exciting....These are wonderful novels!" (Stephen King)
I had never read (or listened to) a novel by Cornwell before purchasing and hearing this one. I was instantly hooked and I'm planning to purchase and listen to all of the others offered on Audible. The book was superb, the character development was rich and plausible, and the story telling was excellent. My only disappointment is that not all of the "Sharpe" novels are yet available on Audible (a situation I hope they rectify quickly). I might add that the narration by Frederick Davidson is absolutely fantastic. His ability to mimic almost any voice and accent only adds to the richness of the story. I heartily recommend this book to all.
Wonderful story with a very good plot. I'm really enjoying these Sharpe novels. And Davidson does an a very good narration--I wanted to fight along with Spanish as Davidson was reading the last dramatic chapters.
Great fun, lots of adventure, some history. I liked all of Bernard Cornwell Sharpe's books so much that I was deeply depressed when I finished the last one available at audible. More Please!
A rip roaring historical adventure novel, the first in a long series. Sword battering bone, blood & honor, AArrrr... Recommended for guys only, it's lot of fun and you learn some excellent history to boot!
This was my first of the "Sharpe" series and it was thouroughly enjoyable as well as giving me a great perspective of Spanish history. As an American living tempoarily in Spain I found it accurate and a rip-roaring adventure. I look forward to listening to more books in this series.
This was my first book of the Sharpe series, and I enjoyed it very much. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series. The story was very exciting and kept me extremely interested all the way through. I highly recommend this one.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Lt Richard Sharpe might have come a long way from India, but a fat lot of good it has done him. A Quarter Master in a retreating army that is being harassed to extinction by the enemy. Of course Sharpe gets an opportunity to shine but first he has to win over lost riflemen who would rather kill him than follow him south. This book is great with bad guys, twists and turns and a victorious end to it all. First book I read of the Sharpe series and still my favourite, although Sharpe's Gold is pretty good. Once you get use to Frederick Davidson narration this book is great. He does the voices really well, although the Spanish and French is a little clique. Bernard Cornwell descriptions in this book are spot on and you are transported back to Spain during the winter of 1808 during the Napoleonic Peninsular campaign and you can feel the cold, hunger and shock of battle. It doesn't get much better than this book but it does!
This story was pretty good, but the descriptions of Sharpe's emotions and the mistakes he makes as he adjusts to leadership was a curve-ball for me and something I didn't really like. In the early books, there are not much written about his emotions. And in the books after this one, these emotions/mistakes are dropped. Sharpe always seemed to know what to do in every circumstance, but in this book he often doesn't know what to do.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
This is the Sharpe book that I started with, I chose this by looking at the Wiki list of all the books. Vivas is a character that is introduced in this book who makes another cameo later in the series & I really loved the interaction of Vivas & Sharpe. The main reason why things change is the respect that is given once Vivas realizes that Sharpe raised thru the ranks.
I've read some other reviews that did not like the narrator but I thought Fredrickson did a great job, I believe most people probably didn't like him because he was narrating for a character that is English, but being Asian I thought he did a great job with that & an Irish accent. An Irish person might disagree completely but I thought Harpers high pitched, Irish accent fitting him well, especially when compared to Hogan who is also Irish that has an entirely different voice
I thought this was a great place to start through ignorance because I haven't read any books before this one, so there could be books I'm plainly missing before this book. I've hop scotched thru the different Sharpe Novels & I haven't been disappointed yet....
I've been trying to take the Sharpe series in chronological order. I listened to the first two (Sharpe's Tiger and Sharpe's Triumph), read the third (Sharpe's Fortress), and then skipped a couple to listen to Sharpe's Rifles. Of the three audiobooks, I rate the first two as five stars. These were written a decade later than Sharpe's Rifles, and Cornwell seems to have honed his skills during that time. Sharpe's Rifles is still a very enjoyable listen, but if you are sampling the series for the first time, start with Sharpe's Tiger..
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