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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,843 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:
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Here is one of those rare novels that completely transports the reader 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 in 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. His goal is to capture the most valued prize in the French Army—a golden Imperial Eagle, the standard touched by the hand of Napoleon himself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Sharpe is] a hero in the mold of James Bond.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “A masterful blend of fiction and historical detail.”


  • “A totally convincing picture of warfare, of hand-to-hand, sword-to-sword, bayonet-to-bayonet fighting.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “A combination of skilled storyteller and skilled reader make this audio a real winner.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rick Brindle | 2/17/2014

    " So the gumph at the beginning says this was the first Sharpe book that Bernard Cornwell wrote, but is currently the eighth chronologically. I read them in chronological order, so I was well acquainted with Sharpe in India and Copenhagen long before he got to grips with the dastardly Napoleon. That said, it is a tribute to Bernard Cornwell that his prequels and sequels all fit together very well. This is one the best books in the series,it has all the ingredients. Sharpe and Harper of course, plus a dastardly villain, some absolute cads that look down their noses at our hero, a massive battle at the end that Sharpe wins against all the odds, and of course, a beautiful woman. This really is all man's stuff, for real men, or so we'd like to think! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sho | 2/17/2014

    " As far as I remember, this was the very first Sharpe that Cornwell wrote. When he went back to fill in the back-story, he started just before this one (with Rifles) then went back some more. Which makes some of the small details in the stories inconsistent. But I still love them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nathan Beck | 2/9/2014

    " I loved the book. It got me hooked on the Sharpe series and Bernard Cornwell. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by S.j. Abraham | 2/7/2014

    " Must read the final battle to the 1812 Overture. "

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