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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,625 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard Cornwell Narrator: Patrick Tull Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9781456123871
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Richard Sharpe, with enemies on every side, survives Marshall Massena’s attack and ends at the lines of Torres Vedras.

Sharpe’s job as Captain of the Light Company is under threat and he has made a new enemy, a Portuguese criminal known as Ferragus. Discarded by his regiment, Sharpe wages a private war against Ferragus – a war fought through the burning, pillaged streets of Coimbra, Portugal’s ancient university city.

Sharpe’s Escape begins on the great, gaunt ridge of Bussaco where a joint British and Portuguese army meets the overwhelming strength of Marshall Massena’s crack troops. It finishes at Torres Vedras where the French hopes of occupying Portugal quickly die.

Soldier, hero, rogue – Sharpe is the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles whose green jacket he proudly wears.

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Listener Opinions

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

    " Typically entertaining tale featuring the best British rifleman ever, Richard Sharpe. This book is set in 1809 and covers the French foray into Portugal. Listened to the audio read by the always impeccable Patrick Tull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 2/13/2014

    " Refreshing -- newly written, avoided 'the Sharpe formula' and even some development of Sharpe's character (before he is fully formed in the ice man mold). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 2/13/2014

    " Sharpe is on the way to another European campaign with his trusted side kick ,and a buxom lass "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ingrid Hansen | 2/9/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marko | 1/26/2014

    " I don't know what's been happening to me lately. I used to think Cornwell was an average author with generic plotting skills and decent characterisation skills. Now, after just finishing the great Sharpe's Rifles and the good Sharpe's Eagle (yes, I made a mistake in the chronological order - darn the conflicting listings) I was expecting a return to mediocrity, but I was happy to realise that Sharpe's Havoc is as good or perhaps even better than Rifles was. Certain Lieutenant Colonel in the story is a very well-crafted character and Cornwell's treatment of certain actual historical people also rings true and lifelike. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy Bender | 1/20/2014

    " 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 Nathan | 1/9/2014

    " It was another Sharpe book -- maybe a bit better than some of the earlier ones because of the development of the Harper and Hagman characters... but still basically enjoyable fluff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 11/27/2013

    " as with all the series good fun "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ross | 11/22/2013

    " Read for a second time after many years. I rate almost all of Cornwell's novels as 4 stars, but this one doesn't quite make it because the villian is rather too much over the top. Still a good story and certainly not to be skipped in reading the Sharpe's Rifles series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jansen Wee | 11/8/2013

    " Exciting and fast moving, and set against the background of the first French invasion of Portugal, and its subsequent ignominous expulsion by the Duke of Wellington. Sharpe is once again at the dramatic focal point of the big events. But he doesn't get quite involved with any girl this time round. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 10/14/2013

    " A little more contrived than some of the others but still a fun read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sho | 7/19/2013

    " Probably the best of them all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Ghylin | 6/19/2013

    " I was a little disappointed in this one. Sharpe just doesn't seem to get anywhere either with his career or with the ladies. Everyone around him seems to think he is worthless not realizing how much he can accomplish. He is very much a solider's solider. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Darrow | 10/3/2012

    " Another solid, if formulaic, Sharpe story. Good for a beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stuart | 9/9/2012

    " I just wish Sharpe actually did all these things. I am always surprised at the end to find he is still fictional though most of the story is historically factual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul McNamee | 8/18/2012

    " Fun Sharpe romp, as usual. This time around Sharpe and his riflemen are trapped behind enemy lines in Portugal while under orders from a duplicitous colonel. Fine blend of historic details, fun characters and action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey Cavanaugh | 4/23/2012

    " A top-notch volume in the Sharpe series where our hero is cut off behind enemy lines and forced to battle traitors, the elements, and evil Frenchmen. Glorious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jansen | 8/3/2011

    " Exciting and fast moving, and set against the background of the first French invasion of Portugal, and its subsequent ignominous expulsion by the Duke of Wellington. Sharpe is once again at the dramatic focal point of the big events. But he doesn't get quite involved with any girl this time round. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sho | 8/3/2011

    " Probably the best of them all.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ingrid | 7/30/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 7/27/2011

    " Sharpe does it again to the French "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 6/30/2011

    " Another solid, if formulaic, Sharpe story. Good for a beach read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samuel | 5/28/2011

    " Sharpe is on the way to another European campaign with his trusted side kick ,and a buxom lass "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 azdbackfan | 5/1/2010

    " Perhaps it was just the audiobook version but I missed the part at the end where Cornwall describes the history around which he built the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 12/26/2009

    " Not bad, though nowhere near as good as Sharpe's Rifles.

    5 stars reserved for Tolstoy!

    RW "

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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.