Richard Sharpe Novels

42 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 12,597 ratings

Sharpe's Tiger Publisher's Summary

1799. As the British Army fights its way through India toward a diabolical trap, the young and illiterate private Richard Sharpe must battle both man and beast behind enemy lines, in an attempt to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive his French allies out of India.

Posing as a deserter, Sharpe must penetrate into the Tippoo's city and make contact with a Scottish spy being held prisoner there. Success will mean winning his sergeant stripes; failure, being turned over to the Tippoo's brutal executioners or his man-eating tigers.

Picking his way through an exotic and alien world, one slip will mean disaster as Sharpe learns that he must fight his old comrades in order to save his own neck. Along the way, he keeps an eye out for Mysore's beautiful prostitutes, any stray loot he can get his hands on, and the chance to learn his ABCs. But when the furious British assault on the city begins, Sharpe must fight with the fierceness and agility of a tiger himself to foil the Tippoo's trap, and to keep from being killed by his own side.

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  • Book 1

    • Sharpe's Tiger

    • Book I of the Sharpe Series
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,569
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066

    1799. As the British Army fights its way through India toward a diabolical trap, the young and illiterate private Richard Sharpe must battle both man and beast behind enemy lines, in an attempt to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive his French allies out of India.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Believe the Hype!

    • By Angela on 03-15-07

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Sharpe's Tiger: The Siege of Seringapatam, 1799 (The Sharpe Series, Book 1)

    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    Richard Sharpe avoids the tyrannical Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill and endeavours to rescue a British officer from under the nose of the Tippoo of Mysore. But in fleeing Hakeswill, Sharpe enters the exotic and dangerous world of the Tippoo. An adventure that will require all of his wits just to stay alive, let alone save the British army from catastrophe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Tipu sultan

    • By nijher on 02-07-18

    Regular price: $18.70

  • Book 2

    • Sharpe's Triumph

    • Book II of the Sharpe Series
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 741
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 738

    The paths of treachery lead Sharpe's company to join the army of Sir Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington, to take on the Mahratta horde. Sharpe must survive the carnage and live to tell the tale of what will be remembered as one of the greatest battles of the 19th century.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great series!

    • By Mike Hart on 03-04-07

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Sharpe's Triumph: The Battle of Assaye, September 1803 (The Sharpe Series, Book 2)

    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    Sergeant Richard Sharpe witnesses a murderous act of treachery and, with Sir Arthur Wellesley, faces the Mahratta Horde. The paths of treachery all lead to the small village of Assaye. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wellesley, with a diminished British army, plunges his men into the white heat of battle. A battle that will make his reputation, and perhaps Sharpe's too.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic!

    • By Richard on 11-20-17

    Regular price: $18.70

  • Book 3

    • Sharpe's Fortress: The Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803 (The Sharpe Series, Book 3)

    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    Ensign Richard Sharpe, newly made an officer, wishes he had stayed a sergeant after he is put in terrible danger by Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill at the impregnable Gawilghur's ravine. To regain his confidence and his authority, Sharpe will fight as he has never fought before.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great way to wrap up India!

    • By Richard on 01-01-18

    Regular price: $15.45

  • Book 4

    • Sharpe's Trafalgar

    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 742
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 537
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 538

    A guttersnipe who has risen through the ranks of the British army, Ensign Sharpe is sailing home to England from his latest campaign against Napoleon. Anticipating an uneventful voyage, the dashing young maverick discovers the intriguing and very married Lady Grace Hale on board the Calliope. But just as he wins his way into her heart, the ship is fired upon and, suddenly, he finds himself in the thick of one of history's most spectacular incidents: the Battle of Trafalgar.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • No more Tull, PLEASE

    • By Randall on 11-30-10

    Regular price: $32.87

    • Sharpe's Trafalgar: The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805 (The Sharpe Series, Book 4)

    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    Richard Sharpe, travelling home aboard the 'Revenant', meets Admiral Nelson and his fleet, on what was a calm October day off Cape Trafalgar. Soldier, hero, rogue - Sharpe is the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles whose green jacket he proudly wears.

    Regular price: $18.70

  • Book 5

    • Sharpe's Prey: Denmark, 1807

    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 543
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 480
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 480

    Critically acclaimed, best-selling novelist Bernard Cornwell takes listeners back to 1807 for an exciting tale of the Napoleonic Wars. Cornwell’s beloved hero, Richard Sharpe, is sent from England to Denmark on a secret mission. But as England and France fight over the powerful Danish fleet, Sharpe finds himself trapped in the war-torn city of Copenhagen.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sharpe's Prey: Denmark 1807

    • By Jean on 08-02-11

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Sharpe's Prey: The Expedition to Copenhagen, 1807 (The Sharpe Series, Book 5)

    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    Richard Sharpe is sent to Copenhagen to deliver a bribe to stop the Danes handing over possession of their battle fleet to the French. It seems very easy. But nothing is easy in a Europe stirred by French ambitions. The Danes possess a battle fleet that could replace every ship the French lost at Trafalgar, and Napoleon's forces are gathering to take it. The British have to stop them, while the Danes insist on remaining neutral. Dragged into a war of spies and brutality, Sharpe finds that he is a sacrificial pawn.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A tragic interlude of the Napoleonic Wars

    • By Andrew Rea on 02-18-18

    Regular price: $16.77

  • Book 6

    • Sharpe's Rifles

    • Book VI of the Sharpe Series
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 735
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 528
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 522

    It's 1809 and the powerful French juggernaut is sweeping across Spain. Lieutenant Sharpe is newly in command of the demoralized, distrustful men of the 95th Rifles. He must lead them to safety - and the only means of escape is a treacherous trek through the enemy-infested mountains of Spain.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Historical Fiction at it's best.

    • By Joe on 09-30-03

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Sharpe's Rifles: The French Invasion of Galicia, January 1809

    • The Sharpe Series, Book 6
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and a detachment of riflemen join the assault of a strong French force holding the Holy City of Santiago de Compostela.Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and a detachment of Riflemen are cut off from the rest of the army and surrounded. Their only hope of escape is to accept the help of the Spanish, but this assistance comes at a price: to join the assault on the holy city of Santiago de Compostela, held by a strong French force.

    Regular price: $16.77

  • Book 7

    • Sharpe’s Havoc

    • Portugal, 1809
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 451
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 399
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 399

    Best-selling novelist Bernard Cornwell crafts a thrilling tale from his immensely popular Richard Sharpe series. In 1809 Lieutenant Sharpe and his riflemen are in Portugal, preparing for Napoleon’s next strike. The smaller English force will probably pull out before it’s too late, but not Sharpe. His orders are to find the missing daughter of an English wine shipper. Just as Sharpe and his men begin their mission, the French launch their punishing assault.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not Exactly Unabridged

    • By Corwin on 10-23-14

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Sharpe's Havoc: The Northern Portugal Campaign, Spring 1809

    • The Sharpe Series, Book 7
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 29

    A small British army is stranded when the French invade northern Portugal and Lieutenant Richard Sharpe meets the future Duke of Wellington. Sharpe is stranded behind enemy lines, but he has Patrick Harper, his riflemen, and he has the assistance of a young, idealistic Portuguese officer. When he is joined by the future Duke of Wellington they immediately mount a counter-attack and Sharpe, having been the hunted, becomes the hunter once more.

    Regular price: $15.45

  • Book 8

    • Sharpe's Eagle

    • Book VIII of the Sharpe Series
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 705
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 484
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 482

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great and you don't have to have read the others

    • By Nicholas Winn on 02-18-03

    Regular price: $19.57

    • Sharpe's Eagle: The Talavera Campaign, July 1809

    • The Sharpe Series, Book 8
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 36

    The newly promoted Captain Richard Sharpe clashes with an incompetent colonel, leads his men in the battle of Talavera and earns himself a dangerous enemy. As Sharpe leads his men in to battle, he knows he must fight for the honour of the regiment and his future career. Soldier, hero, rogue - Sharpe is the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • best book of the series

    • By Torben on 04-26-17

    Regular price: $16.77

  • Book 9

    • Sharpe's Gold

    • Book IX of the Sharpe Series
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 573
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 412
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 413

    Only a year after its stunning victory at Talavera in July of 1809, Wellington's Peninsular Army, vastly outnumbered and its coffers empty, was on the brink of collapse. The Spanish government had fallen, the last Spanish armies had been crushed by the French, and all that was left were the peassants fighting the guerrilla, the "little war." But Wellington had one hope left.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Fun

    • By jim on 10-16-03

    Regular price: $19.57

    • Sharpe's Gold: The Destruction of Almeida, August 1810

    • The Sharpe Series, Book 9
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    Captain Sharpe's task is to recover from a feared guerilla leader the gold Wellington so desperately needs.The enemy he faces strikes terror into the hearts of all around - a renegade guerilla band whose leader has a particular loathing for Sharpe, who has stolen his woman. Soldier, hero, rogue - Sharpe is the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage.

    Regular price: $16.77

  • Book 10

    • Sharpe's Escape

    • Book X of the Sharpe Series
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 406
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 297
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 295

    It is 1810, and in Napoleon's determination to conquer Portugal, and push the British back to the sea, he sends his largest army yet across the Spanish frontier. But between the Portuguese border and Napoleon's seemingly certain victory are two obstacles; a wasted land, stripped of food by Wellington's orders, and Captain Richard Sharpe.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Can't stand Tull

    • By Randall on 01-06-07

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Sharpe’s Escape

    • Portugal, 1810
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120

    International best-selling author Bernard Cornwell, an undisputed master of historical fiction, is in top form for the 20th novel in his wildly popular Richard Sharpe series. In the year 1810 Napoleon is determined to conquer Portugal. But Captain Richard Sharpe leads the French directly into the Duke of Wellington’s devastating defenses at Torres Vedras, where one of the great battles of the Napoleonic wars erupts.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Napoleonic James Bond Lives to Fight Again.

    • By Stephen on 04-03-13

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Sharpe's Escape: The Bussaco Campaign, 1810

    • The Sharpe Series, Book 10
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    Richard Sharpe, with enemies on every side, survives Marshall Massena's attack and ends at the lines of Torres Vedras. Sharpe's job as Captain of the Light Company is under threat and he has made a new enemy, a Portuguese criminal known as Ferragus. Discarded by his regiment, Sharpe wages a private war against Ferragus - a war fought through the burning, pillaged streets of Coimbra, Portugal's ancient university city.

    Regular price: $15.45

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