With the return of the brave English sergeant Richard Sharpe, set to battle the mercenary forces of the Mahratta confederation in India, Bernard Cornwell claims his rightful place among the masters of historical narrative. Sharpe's Triumph is a riveting story of betrayal and revenge that, like each new installment in the Sharpe series, was an immediate best seller around the world.
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"Cornwell's fans will dance with delight as horsemen charge and sabers swing through chaos and terror." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Consistently...brilliantly realized...the Sharpe novels are wonderful." (Stephen King)
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
How and why did Sharpe become an officer? In the previous book Arthur Wellesley had little time for Sharpe and plays a minor roll in 'Sharpe's Tiger', but now he and Sharpe are brought closer together. Why? How? This book answers the questions and does it quite well. One problem is that Frederick Davidson is not the best narrator of Sharpe. The recording is also a little off-putting.
The battle scenes are well written but Bernard Cornwell has vast experience writing these phrases now after all although this is the second book in the series of 21 odd books, it is more likely one of his last written.
I like the Sharpe series and have read every book including the short stories, support books and the internet traffic on the subject. I play re-enactment soldiers occasionally although I am cavalry and not a rifleman, but these books really bring the period to life and great escapism. Well worth the listen to but to be fair, better to read as this performance is not the best.
Any different narrator at all. I feel very foolish for having not listened to a sample before picking it up.
It is an action-oriented historical fiction. Cornwell's other series like Warlord Chronicles (arthurian britain) and Saxon Stories (anglo-saxon england) are recommended. Readers interested in naval adventures could also try O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series or Forester's Hornblower series.
I found Davidson's style very difficult to listen to, and very inappropriate for the type of book this is. He has been well described as fey or effete, even "pseudo-posh", speaking with sentences that tend to end in inflections. This is a very odd style to read Sharpe in.
To me, he comes off sounding almost bored, and not at all engaged in what he is reading, as though he were narrating the recipe for a dish he doesn't particularly like. His style makes any of the grittier moments sound quite silly, and makes a sad parody of battle scenes.
Also, his voices for other characters are often just choked versions of his own speaking voice. His voice for Colonel McCandless is just strange.
I do really like the book, which I own and have read twice. It's exciting and well written, full of interesting characters and historical information.
Also, note that I have not listened to more than an hour and a half before I had to abandon this, so my review only speaks to that.
Listen to a sample. I do see lots of reviewers give Davidson's performance high stars, so in fairness might as well give it a try.
Adventure Excitement Fun
The book led up well to the most climactic moments, which were at once the most memorable, and I don't want to be a spoiler.
I have read Audible books by many masterful narrators, none were better at creating and using character voices than Frederick Davidson. Brilliant, really.
War in India, for King and Company
Do not expect great literature per se, and Cornwell's novels can be a bit formulaic. And he does not really capture the feeling of the era, not the way that CS Forrester did in the incomparable Hornblower series. However, come expecting fun and adventure and Cornwell will not disappoint.
I don't think they checked the transfer from CD or vinyl. There are two places where the narration skips like an old scratched record. Otherwise, the story is excellent.
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