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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,767 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: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455176106
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In 1799, the British Army is fighting its way through India in an attempt to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive his French allies out. Posing as a deserter, the young and illiterate private Richard Sharpe must penetrate into the Tippoo’s city and make contact with a Scottish spy being held prisoner there. Success will mean winning his sergeant stripes; failure, being turned over to the Tippoo’s brutal executioners—or his man-eating tigers.

Along the way, Sharpe keeps an eye out for beautiful prostitutes, any stray loot he can get his hands on, and the chance to learn his ABCs. But when the furious British assault on the city begins, Sharpe must fight with the fierceness and agility of a tiger himself to foil the Tippoo’s well-set trap—and to keep from being killed by his own side.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Consistently exciting…Brilliantly realized.”

    Stephen King

  • “A hero in the mold of James Bond, although his weapons are a Baker carbine and a giant cavalry sword.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “For fans of the series, Davidson’s reading may be definitive.”

    AudioFile

  • “Eminently successful historical fiction.”

    Booklist

  • “Davidson’s voice is deep and precise. His British accent is appropriate and he is simply wonderful at providing a distinct voice for each character.” 

    Kliatt

  • “This superbly produced, unabridged audiobook edition features the magnificent narrative skill of Frederick Davidson, who truly brings alive the thrills, dangers, and plot twists that are the hallmark of Bernard Cornwell’s historical adventures.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 2/15/2014

    " A good, fast read. Not sure I want to continue the series though, since I'm guessing that all the books will seem the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa H. | 2/5/2014

    " I'm sure that fans of military historical fiction love this series - I liked Sharpe, and the details of life in the British army were interesting, but the battles... ugh. Too much gory detail, blah blah blah cannons and dust and screaming and... Not my cuppa tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Rowe | 2/2/2014

    " Fast paced. Full of energy and blood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doranna Durgin | 1/22/2014

    " This book was a weird combination of a great read that included skimming long passages of [author gets lost in detail and worldbuilding here]. (And hello! Unrepentant, rife head-hopping, with no effort to make any natural transition.) But the characterization was awesome, and the people were real, and boy did their various plights seem real, too. Looks like I'll be hunting up the next book somewhere... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael Mcdonnell | 1/21/2014

    " Trying series....like Sharpe character a lot. Trying next book. Must admit that the series has grapped my attention. Did not think the battles and all would be my cup of tea but they are really well written and the people and situations hold on to you while you are reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich | 1/12/2014

    " I've read this book twice now and both times I have stopped part of the way through and then gone back to it. It's a great book as all of Bernard Cornwell's books are, but it's not my favourite and it's a bit slow to start with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 1/11/2014

    " Entertaining, Historical fiction during the Napoleonic wars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stanley Moss | 1/11/2014

    " Definitely read this one first in the series. Great, accurate, authentic India landscapes, wonderfully obnoxious army officers and the BEST villain sergeant imaginable. Cornwell writes battle scenes like nobody else, bloody, graphic, bloodcurdling and breathless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philipottum | 12/27/2013

    " Series follows the life of hero Richard Sharpe, an almost anti-hero, through his rise in the ranks of the British Army during the Napoleonic Era, Sharpe's Tiger takes place in India at the beginning of Sharpe's career. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Troy E. | 12/19/2013

    " This book was simply fantastic. For some reason, I have always been fascinated by the era of British colonialism, and to be able witness this first hand through the eyes of a soldier was incredible. "

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

    " Really enjoyed it. Loved the Masterpiece Theatre "Sharpe's..." The history interested me. The dawning of the British Empire, the intertwining of fiction, history and interesting characters are strong points of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe's Tiger. I look forward to the next book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale | 12/1/2013

    " Good start to the Sharpe series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 8/2/2013

    " I have just discovered Bernard Cornwell and I'm loving his stuff. Great reads and you're getting insight into history at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Ellingham | 4/29/2013

    " Fantastic narrative as usual by Mr. Cornwell. Accurate historical details, most importantly, but also his usual sound knowledge of when to bend unnecessary truths. I will be onto the next one as soon as I can. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Koivu | 10/5/2012

    " Cornwell went back to write this "pre-equal" to the Sharpe series. These later novels feel rushed, like he's just pushing them out at this point. It's still good, action-packed historical fiction but Cornwell can do better if he'd just take the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jansen Wee | 5/25/2012

    " Brilliant story-writing, and certainly very smooth blending of fiction with the actual historical facts. Can't believe that I put off reading the Sharpe series until now. Very glad that I decided to kick-off the series. Things are gonna get interesting soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 1/1/2012

    " I had seen and enjoyed the Sharpe's movies on PBS's Masterpiece Theater (starring Sean Bean). This first book was even better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John somers | 12/31/2011

    " The first of the Sharpe books chronologically this does a good job of explaining the characters background and motivations as well as the politics of the setting (India, 1799). Great opening to what looks to be a fantastic series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lily | 10/25/2011

    " My older brother lent me this and I was completely sucked in. What a page-turner! I really enjoyed it. However, I was left with the feeling that reading more of Sharpe would just be a repeat with scene changes so I have never picked up another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neil Mcniven | 8/28/2011

    " Okay. Bit light but that's what I am after for the moment. I now know more about the british invasion of india. And the Tippoo sultan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna | 7/23/2011

    " I've been reading the Saxon series and have been awaiting the next book. In a bit of desperation I picked up Sharpe's Tiger. It's a great read, now I have a new series to delve into. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 6/29/2011

    " Solid historical fiction and adventure story. The first of the Sharpe series which has caused me to go on and buy/read several others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie | 6/25/2011

    " Best Sharpe novel. By a country mile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alessandro | 6/13/2011

    " Non a livello degli altri libri di Cornwell. Si fatica un po' a entrare in empatia con i personaggi, anche se verso la fine il feeling migliora. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rendy | 5/17/2011

    " Very interesting character, The main character is a thief, cheat and liar, but also have a streak of heroism and nationalism which make him a very likeable character. even the Antagonist character have some personalities. definitely would continue to the next book on the series :D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/2/2011

    " A fascinating look at British armed forces in the late 18th century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kushal | 1/27/2011

    " Its a great book to get you hooked onto the Sharpe series. Really good details about the battles and the environment surrounding the army. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich | 1/19/2011

    " I didn't expect to enjoy this so much, but couldn't put it down. Can't wait to get my hands on the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 1/15/2011

    " good read, not as good as outlander though. "

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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.