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
if Cornwell's goal was to bore us as much as the passengers on a four month cruise from India to Britain then I'd say this book was rather successful, but I seriously doubt that was his objective. In other books Sharpe is a dark hero but in this he is
nothing but an adulterous murderer, why?
The reading of this book was annoying at best. Why Mr. Tull wouldn't have read it in his own and then added character voices is beyond me. Instead he read it in a shrill voice that went up and down to where at times I could barely hear him and at others he nearly deafened me.
All and all, two stars is being generous
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!
I have read all the Sharpe books. A while ago I listened to Patrick Tull read a couple of them and I just gave up. I kept wanting to like Tull but in the end I couldn't really follow him. I read another review in which the writer said he sounded like he had marbles in his mouth and I think that's spot on.
Anyway, Davidson is a hudge improvement. When he is doing the voices of the different characters he is especially great. When he is reading the narrative portions of the book he can adopt this bored upper crust British tone that is not only irritating but seems out of place in these books. I got used to it and his voices balanced things out for me.
I would like to see all the Sharpe books re-issues with his narration. I just listened to I and II and was all set to move on to Sharpe's Fortress only to find that there is no narration of it. Both Sharpe's Trafalgar and Sharpe's Prey are only available with Tull reading.
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