Posing as a deserter, Sharpe must penetrate into the Tippoo's city and make contact with a Scottish spy being held prisoner there. Success will mean winning his sergeant stripes; failure, being turned over to the Tippoo's brutal executioners or his man-eating tigers.
Picking his way through an exotic and alien world, one slip will mean disaster as Sharpe learns that he must fight his old comrades in order to save his own neck. Along the way, he keeps an eye out for Mysore's beautiful prostitutes, any stray loot he can get his hands on, and the chance to learn his ABCs. But when the furious British assault on the city begins, Sharpe must fight with the fierceness and agility of a tiger himself to foil the Tippoo's trap, and to keep from being killed by his own side.
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"Cornwell writes more gripping battle scenes than any other contemporary author." (Kirkus Reviews)
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I've read all the Sharpe books - but this is my first audio book of the series - and it does not disappoint!
Sharpe is always the best - but Mr. Davidson does an excellent Hakeswell
Sharpe of course!
I found this story to be exceptionally entertaining. I find that most historical fiction is good, but Cornwell did an exceptional job bringing each character to life. Frederick Davidson's broad range of realistically reproduced dialects truly took the story to an entirely new level. Several British army characters, privates, sergeants and officers, a woman, French, and several Indian characters, including a King, each faithfully crafted to make the impact of the story as full as possible. I am in the process of downloading the remainder of the Sharpe series. It's just that good.
I don't know how many times I have read the Sharpe series, but each time it is a profound pleasure. This book is no exception. I so regret that there will be no more.
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This book was very entertaining and fun to listen to. It also set a record for use of the word "Bugger."
I'm looking forward to reading more of this author's books.
This is no doubt a great listen and should be on everyones list interested in historical fiction. As another reviewer points out the narrator is doing a great job with different characters and accents. I actually thought this was the best narration I heard on any Audiobook (Bill Bryson does an excellent job as well but he writes different books altogether).
The one problem with the book I thought is that the Hero of the story in the end turns more into a superhero and succeeds in all his challenges with such an ease that you start thinking he is indestructible. His by fighters should have been given more strength or involvement in my opinion.
But I really enjoyed this well written and well read book!
It's unfortunate that there is not an alternate recording of this novel. Frederick Davidson has done excellent readings of other novels. But in this one, he is a serious detriment to the story.
It may not be so apparent from the sample recording, but Davidson chooses an oily, languid, effete tone for the third person narrator. He lazily draaaaws out syllables and ends phrases with rising inflections, making them sound like questions?
Perhaps he intends to portray some cynicism of the main character, but he really goes too far. An otherwise gripping first battle scene sounds almost satirical.
Book is excellent, gripping etc etc. But the reader is incapable of understanding punctuation, seeming to stop in mid sentence and start the next phrase as though a new sentence, when in fact it is the completion part of the prior. If it isn't an attempt at some sort of style, then it's incompetent. If it's for stylistic purposes, then for me it fails.
I will avoid his readings in future buys
The story, like all Cornwell novels, is top notch. He has a knack for describing battles like no other.
What is the audio equivalent of a page-turner? This is it.
The narrator's creation of character voices is a major asset.
I wouldn't be surprised to see Sharpe as the next Indiana Jones movie series.
I switched to Amazon after they added Whispersync. I read and listen to most of the books I go through. I prefer to read but I spend 90 minutes a day in a car so I can get through a lot of audio.
I have read/listened to several of Cornwell's books in the last year. I have really enjoyed them all so far...until this one. I can't get past the narration in this book. I have had a few other books where it took a little to get used to the narrator's voice. I can't quite define what it is about the narrator, but I can't listen for more than about 5 minutes. I will purchase a copy I can read because I'm sure the story is as good as his other books.
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