A guttersnipe who has risen through the ranks of the British army, Ensign Sharpe is sailing home to England from his latest campaign against Napoleon. Anticipating an uneventful voyage, the dashing young maverick discovers the intriguing and very married Lady Grace Hale on board the Calliope. But just as he wins his way into her heart, the ship is fired upon and, suddenly, he finds himself in the thick of one of history's most spectacular incidents: the Battle of Trafalgar.
Patrick Tull's vibrant narration bedazzles listeners with this breathtaking retelling of one of Europe's most ferocious sea battles.
©2002 Bernard Cornwell; (P)2002 Recorded Books
A good story poorly read! Bernard Cornwells description of the Battle of Trafalgar is excellent. His ability to describe the battle scene and the thoughts of the combatant involved are unequaled. In this book, the 4th in the series, it appeared to me to take too long to get the main battle. There was a lot of filler waiting for something to happen. It may be on purpose as a 3 month sail back home would be quite boring. Once the battle started, Bernard Cornwell was a good as I have read.
I was very disappointed with Patrick Tull's reading of the book. He sounds like a baptist minister with a British Accent. In many spots of the book, he sounded like he had marbles in his mouth. I lost many words and sometimes thoughts because I found his speach difficult to listen to. It was the only real disappointment in this excellent book.
Haven't read the print version. The whole idea of ordering from Audible is to enjoy books through my EARS - - not to compare/contrast editions.
Cornwell's usual combination of history and fiction.
Patrick Tull tries to (does?) lend an air of legitimacy to "British English" - and even "British English as spoken by British sea men - and, in so doing, renders his reading totally unintelligible in some (too many) passages. His accent becomes incapable of understanding by an American ear and he drops volume below what it audible when listening in an automobile. (Mine would be considered a luxury vehicle by anyone's standards and, still, there was this problem.)
I would NOT make a film of this book. It would cost WAY too much and would not have a large audience.
Part 2 of this book is missing a large chunk at the beginning. I have compared this to my local public library's print book and book on tape. I believe that Audible needs to fix this as this seems to me simply a technical error and not an issue of "abridged" vs. "unabridged". This is a defective item pure and simple and subscribers should not be charged for a defective item.
Otherwise I agree that Patrick Tull is often difficult to understand as a narrator. I consider this one of the weaker Sharpe novels but they are all enjoyable nonetheless.
As usual, Cornwell weaves a compelling historical story that had me rooting for the good guys. It finishes satisfactorily, each baddie getting his in the end and the heroes overcoming against all odds.
Unfortunately the narration was done by a banjoist. Every character sounds like a hillbilly British Burl Ives. Rather than listen to any other Sharpe novels narrated by Tull, I just ordered the print versions. The Frederick Davidson narrations are excellent.
Sharpe finishes his campaign in India and heads home to Britain. If you like the Master and Commander Series by Patrick O'Brian and the Horatio Hornblower you'll enjoy this book being put into the mix. I appreciate that Cornwell explains some of the concepts of battle at sea and why they do things a particular way so land lubbers like me can understand.
The story was great but the reader was uninspiring and the accents he used particularly Sharpe, he made Sharpe sound unconvincing.
The story is great, love the change where Sharp is on a sea voyage and sea battles, but the narration leaves something to be desired.
The recording as much as the narrator is just low quality. Voice goes from low to high and there is no happy medium. Turn up the volume and the volume hurts when the narrator raises the voice, turn it low and you cant hear the quiet parts.
I wish this book is re-recorded.
I was engaged through the entire book. There was lots of action, romance and courage under fire. The story is complex and holds-on throughout book.
Sharpe's Rifles compares very well to this episode of Sharpe's series. Both books can keep your attention and entertain you wanting more.
I find Patrick Tull's reading performance very comfortable, exciting and enjoyable to listen to. When you think about the time you are granting to the performer into your ear Patrick Tull is a great choice.
I was not able to sit and listen all at once, I was able to allow enough time over three days.
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