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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,460 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard Cornwell Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Richard Sharpe Adventures Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455175895
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In the spring of 1811, as one of the most bitter battles of the Peninsular War is about to commence, the hopes of all of Britain are turned toward Spain, where victory will be won or lost. A skilled leader and proven hero, Colonel Richard Sharpe has taken charge of a ragtag Irish battalion from the king of Spain’s household guard. 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 all but his honor, spirit, and courage, Sharpe must lead his men to glory on the bloody streets of Spain to redeem himself in the eyes of his country—or die trying.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Combines those strengths that have come to characterize Bernard Cornwell’s fiction: immaculate historical reconstruction and the ability to tell a ripping yarn.”

    Washington Post

  • “Cornwell’s superb storytelling and skill at historical re-creation are in top form as he masterfully presents the carnage, clamor, stink and ‘sublime joy’ of battle.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] great adventure from one of the most accomplished and stylish storytellers now writing.”

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 2/17/2014

    " I liked this one better than the last one. It didn't seem quite so forced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross | 1/29/2014

    " This is another of the very good one's in the series. Good battle descriptions with Sharpe actively involved. Nicely drawn villain with satisfying ending. Story line again placed within an actual battle of the Peninsula War, so the reader is learning some genuine history along with the excitement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Hall | 1/25/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book because not only does it breakdown how the war with the French was being fought and the influence of the Spanish Partisans on the fighting. It evaluates the morals versus what is consider correct by the rules of war or by the law. In this book Sharpe catches two French soldiers in the act of raping a young Spanish women and instead of just capturing them and having them go through military penalties he decides that they need to be executed. There was another officer who did not agree with what he had decided and tried to get Sharpe to put the French soldiers under his authority. Once they were executed Sharpe and this other officer were pretty much mortal enemies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 1/22/2014

    " Typical Sharpe stories are better than most. This did not disappoint. Some of Cornwell's best writing is his description of major battles. This book focuses in on the power and strength of the infantry square. Add enemy infantry and British riflemen to the mix and we find out why Wellington's army was so hard to kill. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/19/2014

    " For some reason I really like this series although it's a far cry from the "Goldie Bear" series I also enjoy. This book just wasn't one of my favorites although it is well written and certainly exciting. It's pretty violent (no surprise there), maybe a bit more violent than most in this series and I guess that's why it isn't one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ingrid Hansen | 1/13/2014

    " Fantastic read, Sharpe is sooo cool and I just love the books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 1/12/2014

    " Heard the author on NPR and thought I'd give it a try. A little heavy on the battle scenes, but well written and I learned some early 1800s European history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 1/9/2014

    " Sharpe once again has to rescue his reputation through an act of derring-do, this time at the Battle of Fuentes de Onoro. The usual shenanigans. Rated MA for frequent violence and some adult concepts. 3/5 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 1/8/2014

    " I cannot believe that Sharpe slept with that double-agent whore. Well, I can, but I'm still disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Grainger | 10/7/2013

    " Really good, if you like others in the series this is a must. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 9/8/2013

    " Fun series; good installment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 7/6/2012

    " War is hell "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Millin | 12/17/2011

    " Story ends with the very bloody battle of Fuertes de Onero Sharpe gets into trouble again by following his principles but redeems himself with excellent fighting as usual. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 7/27/2011

    " Sharpe's Battle wasn't as good as the original core of Sharpe novels, but its far better than the more rushed and recent Sharpe novels. For my complete lengthy review, visit ithinkthereforeireview.blogspot.com "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 5/28/2011

    " The Richard Sharpe series is a magnificent work of historical fiction. Bernard Cornwell has written an amazing series following Sharpe from a private in India to a Lt. Colonel at Waterloo and then a civilian farmer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 5/3/2011

    " Still reading the series and enjoying it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon Torretta | 4/12/2011

    " For once Sharpe isn't going to rescue a Lady in Need. This is about gritty King of the Hill type of war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 2/12/2011

    " Another good Sharpe book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed Morey | 2/2/2011

    " I am working my way through this series. I have enjoyed every book so far, but some situations are starting to repeat. Not the details but the fact that Sharpe and Harper get in trouble and have to kill a bunch of people to get out. Not much suspense in that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 10/26/2010

    " Really good entry in the series. Listened to most of it as an audio book. Great narrator and a really good audio book. Made the hours between LA and Oakland on I-5, one of the most boring drives in the world, race by. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin Andrews | 10/21/2010

    " Have to finish this series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 8/30/2010

    " Love the battle, tactics, camaraderie, and the history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 6/11/2010

    " For once Sharpe isn't going to rescue a Lady in Need. This is about gritty King of the Hill type of war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 2/22/2010

    " Heard the author on NPR and thought I'd give it a try. A little heavy on the battle scenes, but well written and I learned some early 1800s European history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachael | 1/2/2009

    " Bernard Cornwell uses his usual blend of wit, excitement and immaculate historical detail to produce a fantastic and entertaining read.

    Anyone who likes well-researched, well-written historical fiction MUST read Cornwell! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 6/30/2008

    "
    Sharpe's Battle wasn't as good as the original core of Sharpe novels, but its far better than the more rushed and recent Sharpe novels. For my complete lengthy review, visit ithinkthereforeireview.blogspot.com
    "

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About the Author
Author Bernard Cornwell

Bernard Cornwell, born in London, worked for the BBC and Thames Television before coming to the United States to write full time. His sweeping historical novels, including the acclaimed Richard Sharpe series, make him a number one bestselling author in the United Kingdom and around the world. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.