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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,312 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard Cornwell Narrator: Patrick Tull Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Richard Sharpe Adventures Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9781456123888
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International bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, an undisputed master of historical fiction, is in top form for the twentieth 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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon Woo | 2/18/2014

    " Another one of the middle-of-the-pack kind of Sharpe stories. Good writing and story, just not blow-me-away exciting like some of the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al | 2/12/2014

    " Definitely one of the better Sharpe novels, and they're all pretty good. In this case, Sharpe takes on the French army in Portugal again (and also knocks off a few traitorous Portuguese as the same time), all the while contending with unappreciative or incompetent officers. Mr. Cornwell continues to display his mastery of the military events of the time, and show great respect for period detail. Good fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 2/6/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Yoak | 1/9/2014

    " This book was a slow-starter, but once Sharpe is in the thick of things, and in the soup, it turns into one of the more gripping of the stories. I feel like the first half of the book is a three-star effort, but the second half is a five. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Brindle | 1/8/2014

    " Quite early chronologically, but one of the later Sharpe's to be written, this is another very good addition to the series, with Sharpe facing losing his company to a lesser man, hounded by enemies, and for a time, stuck behind the lines. All of Bernard Cornwell's ingerdients are here for an excellent read, lots of fighting, big battles, bad guys, injustice, and of course, a beautiful woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Dawson | 1/1/2014

    " One of the best Sharpe novels so far (I'm reading them chronologically rather than in the order published), really capturing the spirit of the characters, the landscape, the historical setting, and the battles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 12/24/2013

    " Sharpe has a way of making people want to kill him. Is this a talent or a curse. Lucky for us it doesn't matter because it makes for entertaining stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Ghylin | 12/11/2013

    " I haven't read a Richard Sharpe in awhile. There are so many books it is hard to choose. This one moved right along and really held my interest. He know who and what he is and isn't planning to change. He is a soldier's soldier. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 11/29/2013

    " Cannot stop reading this series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 11/24/2013

    " I believe this is the 22nd book in a series about this particular officer, which could explain why he is is as flat as a Boys' Own action comic strip character. Nevertheless, and entertaining yarn of battle and escape "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 11/19/2013

    " One of the new Sharpe's - I quite like them. Cornwall seems to deviate from his old formula a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 11/8/2013

    " Another of the Sharpe series without a historical epitaph, but still a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 7/30/2013

    " Sharpe again gets caught behind enemy lines with only a small squad, The Girl and a Silly Officer for company. But of course he gets out of it. Standard. Rated M for violence, occasional coarse language. 3/5 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 6/16/2013

    " Typical Sharpe novel. In other words, solid writing, interesting history, action, a little romance and a lot of fun. Not the first book of Sharpe I would read, but well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy Bender | 5/27/2013

    " 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 Duzzlebrarian | 5/2/2013

    " Sharpe's jealousy of Slingsby, who is favoured by his CO, comes across as slashy. I don't think that's exactly what the author had in mind, somehow! Otherwise, it's a good installment to an well-loved series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 4/22/2013

    " Best of the series so far in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 2/3/2013

    " The threads on women falling for soldiers who haven't bathed in months get old, but ignore those and you still have fun tales for airports, elliptical workouts, and evenings when you're too tired for Proust... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse VanDeWalker | 1/5/2013

    " This one is rather longer than some other entries, which I like. It also has Vicente, one of my favorite non-British characters. Good, bloody fun! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 1/4/2013

    " This is my second reading of this story. While I may have overdosed on Sharpe in the past, I find the author's factual renderings incorporating the fictional Sharpe to be very entertaining and I learned something as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 7/17/2012

    " I liked this book in the series better than the last one (Sharpe's Gold). It was an exciting story (as always) and actually there were plenty of "escapes". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 5/16/2012

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 2/24/2012

    " Another disappointment. Though Richard Sharpe shows an uncanny Bond-like ability to get out of any impossible situation Beranard Cornwell needs to find every more ways of putting him into these situations in places that he shouldn't be in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria Jackson | 8/31/2011

    " Quite difficult to get into, but an amazing military novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitelady3 | 6/19/2011

    " Patrick Tull does a good job, specially when concerning to portuguese words. Is the only narrator I've heard, until now, with a good portuguese. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Owen | 4/15/2011

    " I like this book. Another good military adventure for Richard Sharpe. His cleverness and approach to problems in the military is entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 12/28/2010

    " Quite difficult to get into, but an amazing military novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 10/4/2009

    " This book was a slow-starter, but once Sharpe is in the thick of things, and in the soup, it turns into one of the more gripping of the stories. I feel like the first half of the book is a three-star effort, but the second half is a five. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Duzzlebrarian | 8/3/2009

    " Sharpe's jealousy of Slingsby, who is favoured by his CO, comes across as slashy. I don't think that's exactly what the author had in mind, somehow! Otherwise, it's a good installment to an well-loved series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 1/8/2009

    " Typical Sharpe novel. In other words, solid writing, interesting history, action, a little romance and a lot of fun. Not the first book of Sharpe I would read, but well done. "

  • 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 John | 9/2/2007

    " I believe this is the 22nd book in a series about this particular officer, which could explain why he is is as flat as a Boys' Own action comic strip character. Nevertheless, and entertaining yarn of battle and escape "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon | 7/26/2007

    " Another one of the middle-of-the-pack kind of Sharpe stories. Good writing and story, just not blow-me-away exciting like some of the others. "

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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

Patrick Tull (1941–2006), born in the United Kingdom, was a multitalented actor of the stage, screen, and television, as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He acted in numerous American television shows from 1962 to 1996, including Crossroads, and he had roles in six Broadway plays between 1967 and 1992, including Amadeus. His film credits from 1969 to 1996 included roles as Cecil in Parting Glances and Jerry the bartender in Sleepers. He served as narrator for the television series Sea Tales. He narrated nearly forty audiobooks, and his readings of The Canterbury Tales, The Letter of Marque, Monk’s Hood, The Vicar of Wakefield, and How Green Was My Valley each earned him an AudioFile Earphones Award. His narration of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin novels was praised by novelist Stephen King as among his ten favorite audiobooks of 2006.