Regular price: $17.47

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

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)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    339
  • 4 Stars
    101
  • 3 Stars
    31
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    265
  • 4 Stars
    74
  • 3 Stars
    15
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    253
  • 4 Stars
    83
  • 3 Stars
    17
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Cameron
  • Monterey, CA, United States
  • 10-05-08

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

What a villian!

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Very good. One of his better tales . . . . 😱

The general readership of Ricard Sharpe’s exploits states that there is an original series of (?) sever books that ate the author’s best — then the author in later years wrote further stories interspersed among those originals — with the latter stories good but generally not as good as the original (?) sever. Enjoy them all . . . . . . . . 😱
————————————————————————
5 stars is great (I rarely give this rating).
4 stars is good (given only to interesting and well-written books).
3 stars is OK (the usual listen I encounter on Audible).
2 stars is poor (and not worth the credit or the listen).
1 star is awful (and to be diss'ed and shunned and spread as thus through out the Audible Universe)!
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 😱

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

absolutely thrilling

Mr Cornwell keeps desinging pitfalls for Sharpe to fall into but Sharpe always escapes with a rifle and his infantry sword. Sharpe,s antagonist is a nasty French brigadier who gambles everything on A roll of the dice

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Sharpe series is my favorite

Cornwell's Sharpe series is for the guy that likes to hear the stories of hand to hand combat during the Napoleonic era. Fredrick Davidson does the best narration, and does such an awesome job of creating excitement with the battle scenes that I could listen to them over and over again.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Lost the last several minutes, ruined it

What would have made Sharpe's Battle better?

Having the entire story. losing the last several minutes ruined everything

What did you like best about this story?

Good historical novel

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

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

Not without the rest of the story

Any additional comments?

It was infuriating to listen to 11 hours and then lose the climax.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • KEITH
  • Canyon Country, CA, United States
  • 07-03-12

One of the Best of the Sharpe series

Mr. Davidson makes this book come alive. With the characters that you will either love or hate, the excitement and dread of battle come alive. There were times I actually laughed out loud while listening to this novel.