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Sharpe's Tiger: The Siege of Seringapatam, 1799 (The Sharpe Series, Book 1) Audiobook

Sharpe's Tiger: The Siege of Seringapatam, 1799 (The Sharpe Series, Book 1)

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Publisher's Summary

Richard Sharpe avoids the tyrannical Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill and endeavours to rescue a British officer from under the nose of the Tippoo of Mysore.

But in fleeing Hakeswill, Sharpe enters the exotic and dangerous world of the Tippoo. An adventure that will require all of his wits just to stay alive, let alone save the British army from catastrophe.

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.

©2010 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishing Limited

What the Critics Say

"Sharpe and his creator are national treasures." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation." (Daily Mail)
"Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched." (Observer)
"The best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive." (George R.R. Martin)

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    Simon Waterlooville, UK 20/09/2015
    Simon Waterlooville, UK 20/09/2015 Member Since 2017

    A man with a child in his ears - @ShutterSpin.

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    "At the Sharpe Start"

    The ratings say it all, having read much of Cornwell's work I am a slight latecomer to what is probably his most famous series. It's been well worth waiting for! Even at this relatively early stage of his writing career Cornwell has created a genuinely worthy lead character and a story to match. Even more importantly he has created a nemesis for Sharpe in Sergeant Hakeswell who as a villain genuinely makes your skin crawl. It's a heady mix with a rich background of the Indian subcontinent and a varied cast of characters brought to life by the excellent narration from Rupert Farley.

    I got a slight impression that maybe this was just a tad rough round the edges compared to the polish of the author's more recent work but so many of his trademarks such as the strong characters, rich historical detail and fine story-telling are there that it never became a distraction.

    In short, an excellent start that will probably have you hungry for more.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Eddie 17/09/2014
    Eddie 17/09/2014
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    "Thank goodness for the unabridged version"
    Any additional comments?

    I read all the Richard Sharpe novels years ago and loved them. I have avoided all the abridged novels but now delighted to find Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe is now here on Audible in unabridged form. I look forward to the next one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jailerkate 05/03/2017
    Jailerkate 05/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Thouroghly Good Listen."

    Excellent story. Excellent narration. Mr Farley is a natural and gives the characters of the story a seemingly real substance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gio 27/01/2017
    Gio 27/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "great book"

    great book with passion and accuracy to history. Sharpe's India campaign gives real drama, intrigue and the plot and story flow naturally

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Karl Farnworth manchester 22/01/2017
    Mr. Karl Farnworth manchester 22/01/2017 Member Since 2016

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    "I'm hooked"

    loved it from start to finish
    can't wait to get into the rest of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    telone 15/01/2017
    telone 15/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "A great first Sharpe story"

    Brilliant as expected
    I read all the Sharpe books many years ago and this audio book is an excellent listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06/10/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "True gritty powerful historical novel,"

    Great performance wonderful imagery and Mr. Farley makes the novel jump to life. I could almost smell the gun powder, sweat and blood.

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    L. Harrop Notts 22/09/2016
    L. Harrop Notts 22/09/2016 Member Since 2013

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    "Great first book of Sharpe,"

    I've seen all the eoisodes of Sharpe on the TV which were all good but the books help visualise the stories even further.
    very well makes it even better.

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    Dunc 13/09/2016
    Dunc 13/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Read it now listened to it."

    I love the Sharpe series, as well as all other things Bernard Cornwall.

    Rupert does a good job reading/narrating however his Scottish accept sounds exactly the same for McCandless and Beard - I was also surprised to hear Sharpe have a Yorkshire accent as in the books he is from London with no mention of having adopted a Yorkshire accent.
    Something I'll need to check whilst re-reading / listening to this series.

    Rupert does a great Sharpe non the less and also a great Hakeswell. Lawford I found more girlish than the girls in the book which was a bit disappointing.

    The story is great, the characters are great, the history and attention to detail is great. It is in that note that this does not get full ratings all round as the historical note at the end if the book is not included.
    That is a real disappointment as Bernard Cornwalls research deserves its place - as well as explanations where he has stretched the truth or fabricated certain things for the benefit of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tomleach 29/08/2016
    Tomleach 29/08/2016
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    "Rupert Farley really does this novel justice."

    A renowned book series that is captivating like no other. Through the skilled narrating of Rupert Farley one also finds themselves knowing the characters on a much more intimate level than one would have ever expected. I often find that narrators can be quite difficult to listen to or rather dry - but Farley brings a calmness to the text whilst also allowing for the wit and humour that Cornwell includes in his novels.

    If you want to be transported to India two hundred years ago, and it you want to experience it through the eyes of a red coat soldier then look no further. This is one of the best book series to ever be published.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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