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Sharpe's Tiger: Book I of the Sharpe Series | [Bernard Cornwell]

Sharpe's Tiger: Book I of the Sharpe Series

1799. As the British Army fights its way through India toward a diabolical trap, the young and illiterate private Richard Sharpe must battle both man and beast behind enemy lines, in an attempt to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive his French allies out of India.
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1799. As the British Army fights its way through India toward a diabolical trap, the young and illiterate private Richard Sharpe must battle both man and beast behind enemy lines, in an attempt to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive his French allies out of India.

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.

Don't forget to check out the rest of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series.

Don't miss the rest of Bernard Cornwell's literary masterpieces.

©1997 Bernard Cornwell; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Cornwell writes more gripping battle scenes than any other contemporary author." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Michael Athens, AL, USA 05-29-13
    Michael Athens, AL, USA 05-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyed my Introduction to Sharpe"
    Where does Sharpe's Tiger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks among my enjoyable books. It was not among the outstanding, but good nonetheless.


    What other book might you compare Sharpe's Tiger to and why?

    This book made me feel like I was on the infantry side of the Aubrey/Maturin series.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was good. Sometimes the suspense was drawn out too long, but overall well done and an interesting read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen United States 04-03-13
    Stephen United States 04-03-13
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    "Wellington's Honorable Rogue"

    Prepare to be hooked on Richard Sharpe. From the moment our uneducated, street-smart, ruthless hero steps onto the pages, you will fall in love with Private Sharpe. He may not be book educated, but through his native cunning and ruthlessness, he sure knows how to get out of a scrape with his skin intact. An honorable rogue is our Richard too.

    Bernard Cornwell introduces the reader to a really enjoyable everyday guy who is just trying to survive the army. Lurching from one mistake after another, Sharpe almost loses it all... only to hit the jackpot in the end.

    From my first reading so long ago, I have loved every story about Sharpe. The writing is excellent, the storyline enjoyable, and the characters believable. This book is an excellent way to pass a day or two.

    Frederick Davidson is an outstanding narrator. His British accent adds realism to the story and his narration is a pleasure to hear. Yet his accent does not become a barrier to the enjoyment as I have found with Patrick Tull.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 02-06-13
    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 02-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Surprised me"

    Was not expecting such an entertaining historical novel. Felt like you were there. Good main character development and a lot of action.

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    Ezekiel 12-05-12
    Ezekiel 12-05-12
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    "Nothing like a good Cornwell novel."
    If you could sum up Sharpe's Tiger in three words, what would they be?

    Elegant, Fun, Sharp...e


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Richard Sharpe of course


    Which character – as performed by Frederick Davidson – was your favorite?

    They are all spot on.


    If you could rename Sharpe's Tiger, what would you call it?

    No need to rename it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Carnation, WA, United States 12-03-12
    Elizabeth Carnation, WA, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "not engaging"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no


    If you’ve listened to books by Bernard Cornwell before, how does this one compare?

    no


    What three words best describe Frederick Davidson’s voice?

    pompous, stilted, slow


    Did Sharpe's Tiger inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I want to learn history while being entertained. This book didn't succeed in either. I gave it a 3 rating because it was a reasonable attempt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike garman 08-08-12
    Mike garman 08-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Sharpeee #1"

    This is an astoundingly good read.I have listened to several of the later Sharp novels in no particular order and they are all good.This is the 1st in the Sharp series and it TOWERS OVER THE OTHERS I have listened to.Part of it must be the brilliant narration of Fredrick Davidson.
    If they gave out Oscar's for Audio book narration this would be a lock.
    [Hey!maybe some kind of listener voter awards might be a good idea].
    The gritty dialogue of the soldiers ,officers,characters and especially the villainous sergeant[who refers to Sharp in his brutally sarcastic tone as Sharpeee] doesn't get any better.
    It's like you are right there experiencing the good,the bad and the ugly of the British army in India.The explosive opening chapter paints a vivid portrait of the army on the move and plunges you right into a battle with plundering aplenty to follow.
    Then it gets better.
    It's easy to see how the 1st Sharp novel launched this successful series and created such a demand from the reading public for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Lange 05-14-12
    K. Lange 05-14-12
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    "Sharpe is an acquired taste"

    I have all the DVDs of the Sharpe series, unfortunately this one wasn't made in to a movie, so this is the next best thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Carter Carrollton, Texas USA 05-11-12
    Frank Carter Carrollton, Texas USA 05-11-12 Member Since 2011

    Sooner or later, it all gets real!

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    "Good Debut"

    Having read one of the later books first, I had hopes for this series. The later stories get better as the author grows into the story. The performance is great. Recommended as a launching pad for the better later books in the series.

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    Milton Falls Church, VA, United States 06-25-11
    Milton Falls Church, VA, United States 06-25-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Sharpe's #1"

    This is well done, men and women easy to differentiate. It is a good idea to start here as it lays the foundation for the other adventures. Five stars , Well I just love Richard. What can I say?

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    John Trussville, AL, United States 05-29-11
    John Trussville, AL, United States 05-29-11
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    "Great read"

    Cornwell's portrayal of life with the British Army in India during the late 1700's is a great read. A good deal of research went into this and the rest of the Sharpe series.

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