Richard Sharpe avoids the tyrannical Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill and endeavours to rescue a British officer from under the nose of the Tippoo of Mysore.
But in fleeing Hakeswill, Sharpe enters the exotic and dangerous world of the Tippoo. An adventure that will require all of his wits just to stay alive, let alone save the British army from catastrophe.
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.
©2010 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishing Limited
"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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"At the Sharpe Start"
The ratings say it all, having read much of Cornwell's work I am a slight latecomer to what is probably his most famous series. It's been well worth waiting for! Even at this relatively early stage of his writing career Cornwell has created a genuinely worthy lead character and a story to match. Even more importantly he has created a nemesis for Sharpe in Sergeant Hakeswell who as a villain genuinely makes your skin crawl. It's a heady mix with a rich background of the Indian subcontinent and a varied cast of characters brought to life by the excellent narration from Rupert Farley.
I got a slight impression that maybe this was just a tad rough round the edges compared to the polish of the author's more recent work but so many of his trademarks such as the strong characters, rich historical detail and fine story-telling are there that it never became a distraction.
In short, an excellent start that will probably have you hungry for more.
"Thank goodness for the unabridged version"
I read all the Richard Sharpe novels years ago and loved them. I have avoided all the abridged novels but now delighted to find Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe is now here on Audible in unabridged form. I look forward to the next one.
"True gritty powerful historical novel,"
Great performance wonderful imagery and Mr. Farley makes the novel jump to life. I could almost smell the gun powder, sweat and blood.
"Great first book of Sharpe,"
I've seen all the eoisodes of Sharpe on the TV which were all good but the books help visualise the stories even further.
very well makes it even better.
"Read it now listened to it."
I love the Sharpe series, as well as all other things Bernard Cornwall.
Rupert does a good job reading/narrating however his Scottish accept sounds exactly the same for McCandless and Beard - I was also surprised to hear Sharpe have a Yorkshire accent as in the books he is from London with no mention of having adopted a Yorkshire accent.
Something I'll need to check whilst re-reading / listening to this series.
Rupert does a great Sharpe non the less and also a great Hakeswell. Lawford I found more girlish than the girls in the book which was a bit disappointing.
The story is great, the characters are great, the history and attention to detail is great. It is in that note that this does not get full ratings all round as the historical note at the end if the book is not included.
That is a real disappointment as Bernard Cornwalls research deserves its place - as well as explanations where he has stretched the truth or fabricated certain things for the benefit of the story.
"Rupert Farley really does this novel justice."
A renowned book series that is captivating like no other. Through the skilled narrating of Rupert Farley one also finds themselves knowing the characters on a much more intimate level than one would have ever expected. I often find that narrators can be quite difficult to listen to or rather dry - but Farley brings a calmness to the text whilst also allowing for the wit and humour that Cornwell includes in his novels.
If you want to be transported to India two hundred years ago, and it you want to experience it through the eyes of a red coat soldier then look no further. This is one of the best book series to ever be published.
"Great story, excellent first time audiobook"
Chose this book to listen to whilst training because I remember Sharpe from the TV show but was pleasantly surprised by how much I got into it. Would definitely recommend
Fast paced, period action. Very well done. Highly recommended. The characters are brought to life in a tremendously captivating manner.
An excellent story gripping to the end
Extremely good narrator with excellent characterisation
Bernard Cornwell rocks again!
"Says So In The Scriptures!"
I certainly would listen again! The book was excellently narrated by Rupert Farley - especially the sadistic Seargent Hakeswill - who did a,fantastic job matching all the accents on the class differences of the characters. I only just got into the series but I can't wait to get to the others!
As previously mentioned I loved Farley's performance as Hakeswill. His interpretation was just enough of a evil sadistic Seargent that you almost cheer for him to get worse. He is the most perfect kind of vindictive bastard. Very well played Mr Farley!
I could hardly put it down every night! Master Cornwall is a superb writer and I can't wait to get to the other books in the series. Says so in the scriptures!
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