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4.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 5 4.15 (20 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: 9781455172276
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Only one man stands between Napoleon’s army and a British defeat—Major Richard Sharpe.

A band of renegades led by Sharpe’s vicious mortal enemy, Obadiah Hakeswill, holds a group of British and French women hostage in a strategic mountain pass. Newly promoted, Major Sharpe is given the task of rescuing them. On the other side of the pass, Napoleon’s Grande Armée seeks to smash through and crush the British army in Portugal. Sharpe has only the support of his own company and the new Rocket Troop—the last word in military incompetence—but he cannot afford to contemplate defeat. To surrender or fail would mean the end of the war for the Allied armies. Outnumbered and attacked from two sides, Sharpe must hold his ground or die in the attempt.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The charm of the Sharpe novels is that of meticulously researched stories, books with a passionate correctness as to the details of military organization…and an old-fashioned devotion to heroic conduct.”

    Washington Post

  • “Frederick Davidson performs superbly. The hardness and hauteur of his syllable-precise delivery render well the rigid hierarchies and varied personalities of military life. For fans of the series, Davidson’s readings may be definitive.”

    AudioFile

  • Sharpe’s Enemy is rich in historical detail and narrative surprises, and listeners need know nothing about Sharpe’s background or the Peninsular War to enjoy Frederick Davidson’s fine reading.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 2/17/2014

    " Not my favorite in the series. This one is a bit unique, because the history is more fiction than fact, which is a shame. Overall, entertaining, with a surprise sad ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy Bender | 2/15/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 2/14/2014

    " Hakeswell finally gets his in the end. However, Sharpe loses his wife when Hakeswell kills her. Sharpe is truly unlucky in love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Grainger | 2/12/2014

    " Another great book!! Hakeswill really is a great villain, both mad and dangerous. "

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

    " Richard Sharpe and the defense of Portugal, Christmas 1812 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/16/2013

    " I usually prefer Cornwell's later Sharpe's novels (those written in the 9s and beyond), but this one was very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 12/12/2013

    " A nice change-up in plot from the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Bond | 11/25/2013

    " This may have been the best Sharpe book I have read to date and I must say I haven't read a bad one yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tommy Wheeler | 11/21/2013

    " If you like Sharpe, then this book will not disappoint "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 10/26/2013

    " 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 Nat Bond | 8/19/2012

    " A gut-wrenching climax. One of the best in the Sharpe series, even though it is entirely fictional. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 2/24/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremiah Frick | 2/14/2012

    " This is, in my mind, the most touching and enjoyable of the Sharpe series to this point. Fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse VanDeWalker | 7/26/2011

    " A Sharpe book that showcases the character's tactical & strategic mind, but is also rather heart rending. This one has a touch of the unexpected, which makes for a great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 6/23/2011

    " Finally! Richard Sharpe has been plagued for almost twenty years by his nemesis. In this book there is the the ultimate confrontation between the two men. The author uses the moral imperative very effectively. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 4/30/2011

    " After reading the series to this point I found myself both excited and saddened by the many changes to Sharpe's life that take place in this book. I am throughly addicted! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffrey | 7/2/2010

    " I know this is slightly (i.e. mostly) brain-candy, but Cornwell tells a rip-roaring, swashbuckling tale. These are a lot of fun and are actually quite enlightening about the history of the British army in the Napoleonic Era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 3/5/2010

    " Not my favorite in the series. This one is a bit unique, because the history is more fiction than fact, which is a shame. Overall, entertaining, with a surprise sad ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 10/25/2008

    " Richard Sharpe and the defense of Portugal, Christmas 1812 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart | 4/12/2007

    " I have found the Sharpe series to be good historical fiction--though not at the level of the O'brian seagoing series. "

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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.