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Sharpe's Battle

By: Bernard Cornwell
Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
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Publisher's Summary

As Napoleon threatens to crush Britain in battle, Lt. Col. Richard Sharpe leads a ragtag army to exact a personal revenge.

In the spring of 1811, one of the most bitter battles of the Peninsular War is about to commence. The hopes and hearts of all of Britain are turned toward Spain, where victory will be won or lost.

A skilled leader and proven hero, Richard Sharpe takes charge of an Irish battalion from the king of Spain's household guard. But poorly equipped and untrained, they are easily ambushed by an elite French unit commanded by Sharpe's deadly enemy, Brigadier General Guy Loup. Sharpe and Loup have tangled before, and now the fighting wolf means to exact his revenge. But something goes terribly wrong in their bloody skirmish, and Sharpe is faced with the ruin of his career and reputation. Stripped of everything he holds dear, all he has left is his honor, spirit, and courage. To redeem himself in the eyes of his men and his country, his task is clear: to lead his men to glory on the bloody streets of Spain, or die trying.

Don't forget to check out the rest of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series.
©1995 Bernard Cornwell (P)1999 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Cornwell writes more gripping battle scenes than any other contemporary author." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Another excellent Sharpe Adventure

Fredrick Davidson must really enjoy the Sharpe novels. I have listened to him on several different titles and he is always solid but many times he comes across as a precise but aloof narrator. This is not the case with Sharpe as he really comes alive reading Bernard Cornwell's series. I recognize every character by the voice he gives them, without needing the text to guide me, and his Patrick Harper is perfect. The emotions in the words on the page erupt into reality as Davidson tells the story. Other narrators do a quality job with Cornwell's work but Davidson is the best.

This would not be possible of course if Cornwell didn't write such memorable tales. I have listened to every unabridged work by Cornwell that Audible has offered and eagerly await the ones to come.

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The very best historical fiction

Sharpe is a British solder fighting during the Napoleonic war. This book has fast action, likable good guys, despicable bad guys, factual accurate battle scenes, and, all and all, great fun!

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Classic Sharpe

Sexy women, evil villain, powerful political forces, humour and honour all thrown in for what can only be a classic Sharpe story. The battle is described perfectly and with style, the characters a little cliqué but Frederick Davidson does an excellent job on accents, voices and keeping the story moving along. Not just an action story but a thriller to boot. If you like your Sharpe books then you will not be disappointed with this one. I think Sharpe has lost a dozen of his original 30 odd Riflemen by now, meaning he is down to about 20 now.
A great adventure and a blood bath to rival any Shakespeare play.

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Good but not great

I don't think this is the best of the Sharpe books as it seemed a little formulaic, but it was still fun to listen to. Enjoyed the different Irish accents in this one.

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What a villian!

Brigadier General Guy Loup and his gray wolves are the best rival that Sharpe has ever had.

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The master of historical fiction

I’ve read all the Sharpe and Saxon series’s now I’m listening to them and I’m finding them just as good as the first read.

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Historical Postscripts

My enjoyment of this book, as is the case with other Sharpe novels, is greatly enhanced when a historical postscript is provided to certify the historical accuracy of elements of the narrative.

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A page-turner, badly performed.

The story is fast-paced and exciting, as all the Sharpe novels are; a good example of Napoleonic war yarns. However, the reader sounds as if he is constantly sneering; pronounces Spanish and French abominably; and often misplaces the emphasis in a sentence, at times managing to alter its meaning.

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Read now

Fucking great and fantastic book please ever body read this fucking book asap it’s great

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narrator sometimes hard to understand

I have read all of the sharps books, wanted to see what the audio would sound like somewhat disappointed on the narrator's part.