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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Marcheta
  • Suffolk, VA, United States
  • 12-16-06

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!

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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3rd time I listened to this book

I love it every time. Outstanding narrative and excellent story. Perfect ending to Sharpe and Wellington.

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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!

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Daryl
  • Houston, TX United States
  • 05-30-12

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!

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Last in the series

Oh God I finally made it to the end of this series. Not a bad series, but looooong. I cant say I would not do another this long, but I wouldn't!

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Gray
  • Plano, TX, United States
  • 03-06-16

Well done Sir!

Not over yet... But wow. After reading your non fiction and now this. Man... You can write!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful