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Publisher's Summary

Here is one of those rare novels, the first in an epic series, that completely transports the listener to an unforgettable time and place in history. At Talavera in July of 1809, Captain Richard Sharpe, bold, professional, and ruthless, prepares to lead his men against the armies of Napoleon into what will be the bloodiest battle of the war. Sharpe has earned his captaincy, but there are others, such as the foppish Lieutenant Gibbons and his uncle, Colonel Henry Simmerson, who have bought their commissions despite their incompetence. After their cowardly loss of the regiment's colors, their resentment toward the upstart Sharpe turns to treachery, and Sharpe must battle his way through sword fights and bloody warfare to redeem the honor of his regiment.
Don't forget to check out the rest of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series.
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Critic Reviews

"Consistently exciting....These are wonderful novels!" (Stephen King)

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    5 out of 5 stars

Great and you don't have to have read the others

One of the wonderful features of the Sharp's novel is that any one is a stand alone. Cornwell writes the best historical fiction around. Not only does he include lots of backround but he is a master of creating swashbuckling characters and great situations.

The rendition of the book was excellent, the characters were 100% in place and believable.

Rent any of the Sharp's books and you won't be dissapointed!

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Thomas
  • Penfield, NY, USA
  • 05-06-03

A giant ditto

"Sharpe's Eagle" was a fascinating book. The action scenes were read just right to keep the flow moving and the characterizations fit throughout the reading. I'm hooked. Off to get more of Sharpe and see what other problems he runs into as the war goes on.

By the way, the historical accuracy also helped make the book believable.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

I loved all of Bernard Cornwell Sharpe's books

Great fun, lots of adventure, some history. I liked all of Bernard Cornwell Sharpe's books so much that I was deeply depressed when I finished the last one available at audible. More Please!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Sharpe's Eagle- Great Listening Experience

I purchased this book as a first attempt at historical fiction. I found it difficult to find a good place to stop listening. I enjoy historical fiction and this one contains enough historical detail to keep it interesting just from that point of view. In addition, it has a very compelling plot and enough interesting characters to keep the listener engaged through out the telling of this story. I would recommend listening to this series in order if possible. The first available is Sharpe's Rifles. Start there and see what you think.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Engrossing!

This was a great story. It was superbly written with plenty of action, but also with great context, background and a description of the time and place that made me feel I was there. It was genuinely hard to stop listening, and after my long commute I often found myself wishing I was not yet at my destination. The reading was outstanding.

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amazing narrator! riveting!

loved it! Mr Davidson brings Sharpe to life! A must to read and add to your summer list!

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Probably Sharpes most epic adventure yet.

In this story Sharpe is finally promoted to Captain, and the matter in which he earns his captaincy is awesome to listen to. The events that lead to the battle in the end and the descriptions of the battle kept me attentive and excited to hear every word. Davidson does a great job narrating, as ever

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good story, love the history

this would be better if performed better, but Cornwell traces the history pretty well, in this book books most important part might be the historical explanation at the end.

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If you are into historical fiction this is a 4 Star . . . Otherwise 3 Star . . . 😱

This is my second read in this series and I already suspect there will be a fatigue factor that won’t carry me thru even five of the some twenty books written. After all — they are all about Captain Sharpe and all would seem to take place in the British Light Infantry around 1810 in Portugal and Spain. The author does take you there — to the life of a British Army — but how often do you want to go there for a ten hour listen? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 😱
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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)!
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Always a good listen

Excellent book and the narrator did a wonderful job. Sharpe and company rarely disappoint. Looking forward to starting the next one.