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.
Once again, Cromwell is marvelous. His characters are always so intriguing and developed to just the right degree. Any less and you wouldnt buy into them. Any more and and the story would drag and the characters would become less interesting, something about familiarity breeding contempt. Im a fan both of Cromwell and of Patrick Tull as well. I discovered Mr. Tull when listening to O'Briens Master and Commander. Each of his characters is so unique. I cant wait to start Sharpes Prey.
This was a change of pace from the normal Sharpe books as it takes place on the seas in a warship. I really enjoyed the fleet battle. But the side story of Sharpe's affair with Lady Grace and the trouble between her husband, Lord Hale, is distracting. Also, I didn't really like the hero-worshiping over Lord Nelson.
I loved the description of the naval strategy, the love story and the bringing in of characters from previous books. I also loved the portrait of Nelson.
Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also
My first Sharpe book, alot of action and detail not bad at all
When he goes to board the enemy ship and his ship's captain tells him to stand aside, he will be first into the hornets nest Sharpe follows
The end where the black seaman helps Sharpe dispose of his problem and refuses to take the reward offered Very moving
The captain of the English war ship Sharpe whines up on what a character and crew he has
Watched Sharpes Rifles on BBC and his earlier adventures are just as interesting Good story but sometimes the english reader is difficult to understand But well worth the listen
Of all the Sharpe series, this one has a bit of everything that a good book should; heroism, romance, the inevitable battles of course and a character as like able as he is flawed. The story is spun out over a global scale, historically accurate within its scope and very credible. As a fan of the maritime and history genre, it provided me many contented hours of listening. And IMHO, the narration by p. Tull makes it all that much better. He put the extra bit of life into it and raised the characters to a believable tone. Am I babbling on too much?
Aside from Sharpe, captain Chase acts as a likeable counterpoint to Sharpe, direct, humorous, a character straight from Patrick O'Brian's world.
I have listened to most of P. Tull's narrations; all the Aubry/Maturin series, Sharpe, Moonstone, And
That would be Captn Chase. I think he would prove to be a genial and entertaining companion, able to pick the right wine and make amiable conversation with anyone.
I have not heard the story narrated by any one else, so my viewpoint may be a bit biased. So be it...
I am slowly going through all of the Sharpe's series books....(start from the beginning if at all possible) These are exceptional for all activities in the audio book form as opposed to the kindle or books. I love reading but listening to these are like watching a movie while driving and working around the yard etc. They do switch actors for the different books a bit, but after getting used to a new one, you still get a quality performance. This actor/reader for this book was exceptional. I plan on going through all 24 books. There is another series that is GREAT for audio book you should do for sure if you like these and that is the "Master And Commander" series. They are at the same historic time and every one is like drinking a fine wine! You will laugh, you will cry, you will be on the edge of your seat, etc., etc.. Have Fun!
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