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Sharpe's Triumph: Book II of the Sharpe Series | [Bernard Cornwell]

Sharpe's Triumph: Book II of the Sharpe Series

The paths of treachery lead Sharpe's company to join the army of Sir Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington, to take on the Mahratta horde. Sharpe must survive the carnage and live to tell the tale of what will be remembered as one of the greatest battles of the 19th century.
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Publisher's Summary

The paths of treachery lead Sharpe's company to join the army of Sir Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington, to take on the Mahratta horde. Sharpe must survive the carnage and live to tell the tale of what will be remembered as one of the greatest battles of the 19th century.

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.

Don't forget to check out the rest of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series.

Don't miss the rest of Bernard Cornwell's literary masterpieces.

©1998 Bernard Cornwell; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Trevor 11-16-14
    Trevor 11-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Honestly surprised anyone enjoys the narrator"
    What would have made Sharpe's Triumph better?

    Any different narrator at all. I feel very foolish for having not listened to a sample before picking it up.


    What other book might you compare Sharpe's Triumph to and why?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Michael Helena, MT, United States 06-08-12
    Michael Helena, MT, United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great historical novel fun!"
    If you could sum up Sharpe's Triumph in three words, what would they be?

    Adventure Excitement Fun


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sharpe's Triumph?

    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.


    What does Frederick Davidson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have read Audible books by many masterful narrators, none were better at creating and using character voices than Frederick Davidson. Brilliant, really.


    If you could rename Sharpe's Triumph, what would you call it?

    War in India, for King and Company


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Timothy United States 11-14-11
    Timothy United States 11-14-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Skips present in recording"

    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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