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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,918 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: May 2011 ISBN: 9781455171729
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In an age of heroes and death before dishonor, one man stands above the rest.

It is January 1812. Captain Richard Sharpe has one mission: to thwart Napoleon’s dreams of an empire. To accomplish that goal, Sharpe and the fighting men of the Light Company must seize the fortress of Badajoz, which looms on the border of Portugal and Spain. To lead an assault on its thick, sheer walls and battlements is suicide, yet Sharpe has no choice, for the stakes have suddenly become personal. 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “The best of the series so far.”

    Los Angeles Herald Examiner

  • “The world may have a new literary hero. His name is Richard Sharpe."

    The Philadelphia Inquirer  

  • “Narrator Frederick Davidson is constantly in and around the bull’s-eye with all of his accents and attitudes as well as with the tempo of this fast-paced war story.”

    Dick Richmond, Books on Tape

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Brune | 1/17/2014

    " My favorite book of the Sharpe series, which I've read multiple times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 1/13/2014

    " great author who interweaves history into a story that is easily followed and hard to put down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Suell | 1/9/2014

    " An obvious ploy to vary up the background for the story series and make Sharpe face the horse guards and the aristocracy back home. For those of us who are fans, it is a welcome change. The characters get some good personal growth. I also enjoyed the glimpse of England from the same time, the aristocracy, and the social strata of the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 1/4/2014

    " Though Sharpe is so ruthless, he still inspires so much affection and loyalty. Hakeswill is truly frightening, a great example of how Cornwell can write really twisted characters and make them believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin | 12/31/2013

    " Good, but not great. Sharpe has to deal with both internal intrigue and the storming of a fortress, and he does so well, but the bad guys seem to have a little too much good fortune to compensate for Sharpe being so darned capable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 11/25/2013

    " Sharpe takes an emotional ride. He loses his company, is reintroduced to Hakesville, endures the siege of Badajoz and marries his Spanish sweetheart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 11/2/2013

    " Bravery, villainy, heroism, brutality - this one's got 'em all, as well as nitty gritty details about 19th century military establishment and siege warfare. And Obediah Hakeswill! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Millin | 10/24/2013

    " The story of the sieges of Ciudad Rodriguez and Badajoz - Sharpe finally gets his captaincy following brave action, and marries the mother of this bastard daughter - well written and an easy, if bloody read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 10/21/2013

    " once again a great Sharpe book, couldn't put it down "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benny | 5/8/2013

    " Serviceable historical fiction, nothing special but definitely not bad either. Fans of the period or the series will be pleased, as will players of Mount and Blade: Napoleonic Wars, which I highly recommend. Go buy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Kelly | 4/29/2013

    " Just re-read it. Always great fun to read anything about Sharpe and his men. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 12/18/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 10/2/2012

    " Following Sharpe's progress through the ranks, despite the hostile system, is one of my favourite features of the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Grainger | 9/12/2012

    " Sharpe's growing up, well in a military sense I mean, another good Sharpe adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Marman | 6/5/2012

    " I've read all the Richard Sharpe books and there isn't a bad one in the bunch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 4/27/2012

    " Probably more like 2.5 stars. It's getting a bit tiresome reading about how the British Army craps on their best soldiers. Every book has had that as a sub-plot, and Sharpe always has to fight to gain respect and retribution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy Bender | 1/9/2012

    " Bernard Cornwell brings a good story & History together wonderfully. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse VanDeWalker | 3/4/2011

    " One of the few instances of Sharpe overcoming adversity not entirely borne of the enemy French. A fine read, highly recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 3/2/2011

    " If you ever wanted to know what it was like to be in a siege, from storming a breach to the sacking of the city, then read Sharpe's Company. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 2/19/2011

    " As is typical of Cornwell, the action is horrifying in its detail and pulls no punches as the British lay siege to Badajoz. Sharpe battles Army bureaucrats, an old enemy, and the French as he tries to protect Teresa and their baby. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 gargamelscat | 2/4/2011

    " 7/10

    A satisfying adventure though I'd prefer to see more character development and period details.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 12/13/2010

    " Probably more like 2.5 stars. It's getting a bit tiresome reading about how the British Army craps on their best soldiers. Every book has had that as a sub-plot, and Sharpe always has to fight to gain respect and retribution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 10/24/2010

    " Not bad, but I'm tired of hakeswill surviving. At least this time sharpe didn't leave hakeswill to die some ridiculous death like in a James bond movie "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 9/26/2010

    " This is the darkest of the Sharpe books I've read. In part this is due to the historical events involved and in part due to the characters' story lines. I didn't care for this one much and for the first time with a Sharpe book struggled to finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 5/10/2010

    " once again a great Sharpe book, couldn't put it down "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 4/18/2010

    " I wish the writer didn't make everything so melodramatic, gets old, the basic storyline however is interesting, as is the history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 3/15/2010

    " I think this is the best of the Sharpe series so far. It touched me on an emotional level in addition to providing entertaining reading, which all the Sharpe novels do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross | 7/31/2009

    " One of the very good books in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 10/25/2008

    " Though Sharpe is so ruthless, he still inspires so much affection and loyalty. Hakeswill is truly frightening, a great example of how Cornwell can write really twisted characters and make them believable. "

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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.