Sharpe's Company

Book XIII of the Sharpe Series
Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
Series: Richard Sharpe Novels, Book 13
Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (748 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

January, 1812. Looming on the border of Portugal and Spain is the fortress of Badajoz. To lead an assault on its thick, sheer walls and battlements is suicide, yet Richard Sharpe must lead one. Inside the walls are his wife and daughter, and only he can save them. Outside is the misshapen, vengeance-crazed Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill, a man determined to kill Sharpe. Sharpe knows that in the heat of battle only the cold steel of his battered sword and the ruthless bloodlust of a soldier at war will protect him from the danger of both sides.

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Critic Reviews

"The best of the series thus far." (Los Angeles Times)
"Consistently exciting...these are wonderful novels." (Stephen King)

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Sharpe's Company

I have enjoyed this series and can not wait to start the next book. I usually alternate the Sharpe series with Patrick O'Brian's Capt Aubrey series. I prefer Patrick Tull narration better but am getting us to Davidson. Cornwell is the master of battle scenes.

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Great Penny-Awful

I like military fiction as a wonderful form of escapist entertainment. Great beach books. I read all of the 20+ volumes of Patrick O’Brian’s tales of the Royal Navy of 1800 and they were great – generally 5-star. I decided to embark on the Sharpe series as a break from more serious historical reading (or listening). The writing is not of the quality of O’Brian but the stories are real action dramas based on historical events involving the British army complete with “knights in shining armor” and black hearted villains. I have enjoyed three of the series so far. Shades of Horatio Hornblower.

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At first un-expected winner.

When the narration first started I was trying to figure out how and why I down loaded this book. I was quickly drawn into the characters and life of 16th century Europe, Full of one nation battling another nation as a common way for man in making a living ,Factual to an extent the author draws you into the depth of death and life as modern man could ,would or should not experience . Very likable or not characters; full of life, or themselves, with hero's and villains. Really makes you look at a part of history that was so very very awful, Read it if your feeling a little put out. You have no idea how life could be or was. Great Read.

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Sharpe on the Rocks

Nothing is going right for Sharpe. He loses his captaincy, his company, his regiment and Sgt Harpers stripes.
He does get a daughter, a marriage, an old enemy in the name of Sgt Hackworth and a new colonel.
He still has his supporters like Wellington, Major Hogan, his men and no Frenchman or Spaniard trying to kill him personally.
So not all bad, but Sharpe gets through this mess and Bernard Cornwell does an excellent job in telling this story. You feel the frustrations of sieges, basic soldiering and officers careers but what really comes out is the built up anxiety before the storming of Badajoz and the wild kaos of the troops with murder, rape and every type of debauchery let lose.
Great story that Frederick Davidson does a great job narrating. Well worth the read.

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good as Sharpe always is, but sub par narration

Having listened to the Sharpe stories narrated by Sean Bean and Paul McGann, I found Frederick Davidson's accents jarring on the ear. Probably not a problem if you've not heard the others or seen any of the TV series.

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One of the better Sharpe Books

I really enjoyed this one. It's a little bit less repetitive than some of the other Sharpe books. The telling of the storming of the Badahoth was really well done (both written and narrorated). The return of a villan also added to the enjoyability of the story.

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Can't stop

Every one of the Sharpe series so far have been great. "Company" is no exception. Step by step narration of the seiges makes this book/iPod hard to put down (although I find parts a bit gorey so hopefully you have a strong stomach). Furthermore, as Cornwell adhered close to the facts it was also a mini history lesson.

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Awful!

I find the Cornwell Sharpe's series to be excellent tales. However, Frederick Davidson's narrative is terrible! Nothing at all as Sharpe should be portrayed - his affected accents are patently fake - especially the Irish! Ruined what should have been a good story - no more for me!

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The storyline retread and a little unrealistic

I didn't think the storyline with seargent Hakeswill was realistic. How could he come back and in Sharpe's company. And then to let him go after Harper somehow misses with the 7 barrel gun. If it was my child and wife he had threatened to kill I would track him down and finish him off. Also, it seemed as if the French were annihilating the attackers and somehow a few British get in and the French are overpowered. Seemed a little too easy.

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Good listen. Napoleonic war fits history

independence of Spanish and Portuguese colonies in the Americas fits with timing of Napoleonic wars with England and French occupied Spain and Portugal. Sharpe's adventures coincided well for me for history. also consider listening to CS Forester 's Hornblower series written a generation earlier.