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Waterloo | [Bernard Cornwell]

Waterloo

With the emperor Napoleon at its head, an enormous French army is marching toward Brussels. The British and their allies are also converging on Brussels - in preparation for a grand society ball. And it is up to Richard Sharpe to convince the Prince of Orange to act before it is too late. In this, the culmination of Sharpe's long and arduous career, Bernard Cornwell brings to life all the horror and all the exhilaration of one of the greatest military triumphs of all time.
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Publisher's Summary

With the emperor Napoleon at its head, an enormous French army is marching toward Brussels. The British and their allies are also converging on Brussels - in preparation for a grand society ball. And it is up to Richard Sharpe to convince the Prince of Orange, the inexperienced commander of Wellington's Dutch troops, to act before it is too late. But Sharpe's warning cannot stop the tide of battle, and the British suffer heavy losses on the road to Waterloo. Wellington has few reserves of men and ammunition, the Prussian army has not arrived, and the French advance wields tremendous firepower and determination. Victory seems impossible.

In this, the culmination of Richard Sharpe's long and arduous career, Bernard Cornwell brings to life all the horror and all the exhilaration of one of the greatest military triumphs of all time.

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

©1987 Rifleman Productions, Ltd; (P)1996 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A marvelous mixture of fact and fiction concerning individual bravery and audacity amidst the everyday drama and turmoil of war." (Los Angeles Herald Examiner)

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    Michael Cox San Diego, CA USA 05-04-07
    Michael Cox San Diego, CA USA 05-04-07 Member Since 2005

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    "Spell binding"

    Masterfully written and beautifully read. You don't have to be a history buff to enjoy this book. But you may become one after reading it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Marcheta Suffolk, VA, United States 12-16-06
    Marcheta Suffolk, VA, United States 12-16-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Available by download at last!"

    I was surprised to see this title available for download last week as I'd only been able to find it on cassette recently. So I grabbed it immediately, and it's as wonderful as Frederick Davidson's readings of the other Sharpe's adventures in this series. Thank you, Audible!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Stewart Kennedy 01-26-09 Member Since 2001
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    "On the edge of your seat"

    Wow.. Is there life after Sharpe. The entire series is as good as it gets!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Spring Mills, PA, United States 03-06-14
    Joshua Spring Mills, PA, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Good old Sharpe"

    In the Sharpe series, Bernard Cornwell sort of writes one book again and again and does it very, very well. Even if the plot line is predictable, I find these stories, with their charismatic heroes and evil villains very enjoyable and I really appreciate Cornwell's research and attention to historical detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 03-04-13
    Stephen COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "My Favorite - Sharpe Series"
    What made the experience of listening to Waterloo the most enjoyable?

    Access to high quality sound over my iPhone on walks.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Storyline of Waterloo and historical references.


    Have you listened to any of Frederick Davidson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. He consistently reads very will as British which adds to the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Brooks Boston 'burb 06-11-12
    R. Brooks Boston 'burb 06-11-12 Member Since 2011

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    "More than a day in history"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd say this was an outstandingly narrated history of the Battle of Waterloo.
    The only thing missing was the smell of gun powder and blood!


    What other book might you compare Waterloo to and why?

    Lonesome Dove; the best book I ever read.


    Have you listened to any of Frederick Davidson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time, and he should work on his singing voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Brought close to life the reality of a battlefield in the 1800's.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Houston, TX United States 05-30-12
    Daryl Houston, TX United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "I Felt Like I Was There!!"

    This is my second Cornwell title. I listened to Agincourt a while back, but this book was very real to me as I actually travelled to Waterloo last year and toured the area. Like anything else, if you've been on the site where the book takes place, you have a better picture of what's going on. Of course, Cornwell adds drama to the book with some fictional characters to make the story even more exciting. The story was fast paced and kept my interest all along the way. I would have given the title 5 stars, but there was a bit of a distraction problem with the performance. The narrator inhales rather deeply as he reads. He seemed to get better, but the first chapters were very distracting and annoying. He does a very good job with voices and European accents and I would guess that the director or producer had him correct the problem as the book progressed. So don't get discouraged at the beginning, it does get better. If you like historical fiction, you'll get a kick out of this. If you are a history buff, you'll like the historical author's notes at the end where he gives justification for what he does with the fiction and what he thinks really happened. I like a wide range of books, but I suppose that this type of historical fiction is my favorite and I wasn't disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Zellmer San Diego 12-12-11
    R. Zellmer San Diego 12-12-11 Listener Since 2007
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    "Graphic battle detail"

    This book gave me a graphic understanding of how bad war was at this time in history. Loved the detail of the battle. It was like being a participant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanette Finan Little Rock, Arkansas 10-08-11
    Jeanette Finan Little Rock, Arkansas 10-08-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Old Soldiers Never Die"

    I have loved this series for a long time and it's a little sad that this is the last book. But as Douglas McArthur said "old soldiers never die they just fade away" Richard Sharpe certainly deserves to sheath his sword and fade away into comfortable retirement. If I have missed any of the books in this series it was by sheer accident. If I was really, really rich I would collect them all in audio format to listen to when I am in a nursing home and beyond reading. :)

    But Cornwell certainly ended the series with a great big bloody bang with this book. His battlefield descriptions were about as graphic as I have ever read. And his description of William of Orange's character made me go running to Wickipedia to see if this was the same William of Orange that was the scourge of Ireland and despised by Clan McDonald. He wasn't. That King William reigned in England with his wife Mary from 1689 to 1694. The William of Orange that Cornwell is writing about in this book was born in 1792 and was subsequently King of the Netherlands. He may or may not have been the jerk Cornwell protrays him as but after the hatchet job he did on Alfred the Great in his Saxon series I don't entirely trust him. What I do trust is his accuracy as far as events are concerned and anyway this is fiction so Cornwell can write whatever he pleases. But I can grumble about it. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karla Sertel Duxbury, MA United States 02-23-10
    Karla Sertel Duxbury, MA United States 02-23-10 Member Since 2009
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    "not what I was expecting"

    I read/listened to Agincourt and loved it. I thought I would like Waterloo. The plot, other than the military maneuvers, was weak at best. I could not finish it. Skip this unless you want to know more about the Waterloos military maneuvers. Also, the narrator&'s accent was a bit too British.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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