Richard Sharpe Novels
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  • 1
    Sharpe's Tiger: The Siege of Seringapatam, 1799 (The Sharpe Series, Book 1) | Bernard Cornwell

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

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
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    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.

    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 ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 20 September 2015 by Simon (Waterlooville, UK)
  • 2
    Sharpe's Triumph: The Battle of Assaye, September 1803 (The Sharpe Series, Book 2) | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Triumph: The Battle of Assaye, September 1803 (The Sharpe Series, Book 2)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
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    Sergeant Richard Sharpe witnesses a murderous act of treachery and, with Sir Arthur Wellesley, faces the Mahratta Horde. The paths of treachery all lead to the small village of Assaye. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wellesley, with a diminished British army, plunges his men into the white heat of battle. A battle that will make his reputation, and perhaps Sharpe's too.

    History Re-Visited

    Another genuinely impressive novel from Cornwell. Once again he inserts his characters seamlessly into history giving true credit to the real heroes ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 05 October 2015 by Simon (Waterlooville, UK)
  • 3
    Sharpe's Fortress: The Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803 (The Sharpe Series, Book 3) | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Fortress: The Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803 (The Sharpe Series, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
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    Story
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    Ensign Richard Sharpe, newly made an officer, wishes he had stayed a sergeant after he is put in terrible danger by Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill at the impregnable Gawilghur's ravine. To regain his confidence and his authority, Sharpe will fight as he has never fought before.

    High Octane from the Very Start

    I'm honestly not sure how Cornwell does it. I am just glad that he does. This series is, even at this early stage, is showing me exactly why it has w..Show More »

    Reviewed on 14 October 2015 by Simon (Waterlooville, UK)
  • 4
    Sharpe's Trafalgar: The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805 (The Sharpe Series, Book 4) | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Trafalgar: The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805 (The Sharpe Series, Book 4)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
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    Richard Sharpe, travelling home aboard the 'Revenant', meets Admiral Nelson and his fleet, on what was a calm October day off Cape Trafalgar. 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.

    Sharpe Sails for Glory!

    With a very long road trip to come I needed something as near to guaranteed to be a good listen as I could find. This of course leaves a very short l..Show More »

    Reviewed on 21 April 2016 by Simon (Waterlooville, UK)
  • 5
    Sharpe's Prey: The Expedition to Copenhagen, 1807 (The Sharpe Series, Book 5) | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Prey: The Expedition to Copenhagen, 1807 (The Sharpe Series, Book 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
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    Richard Sharpe is sent to Copenhagen to deliver a bribe to stop the Danes handing over possession of their battle fleet to the French. It seems very easy. But nothing is easy in a Europe stirred by French ambitions. The Danes possess a battle fleet that could replace every ship the French lost at Trafalgar, and Napoleon's forces are gathering to take it. The British have to stop them, while the Danes insist on remaining neutral. Dragged into a war of spies and brutality, Sharpe finds that he is a sacrificial pawn.

    More of the same both in a good and bad way

    Every so often I return to Sharpe books as a fun piece of escapism and sharp relief from my regular diet of non-fiction audiobooks. Having recently l..Show More »

    Reviewed on 08 January 2015 by David (Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom)
  • 6
    Sharpe's Rifles: The French Invasion of Galicia, January 1809: The Sharpe Series, Book 6 | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Rifles: The French Invasion of Galicia, January 1809: The Sharpe Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and a detachment of riflemen join the assault of a strong French force holding the Holy City of Santiago de Compostela.Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and a detachment of Riflemen are cut off from the rest of the army and surrounded. Their only hope of escape is to accept the help of the Spanish, but this assistance comes at a price: to join the assault on the holy city of Santiago de Compostela, held by a strong French force.

    Sharpe makes the rifles his own

    Sharpe meets Harper and helps forfil a Spanish legend. Slow in places but the pace grows and grows. Sharp has to win the trust and respect of the ri..Show More »

    Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by MR W Daly ()
  • 7
    Sharpe's Havoc: The Northern Portugal Campaign, Spring 1809: The Sharpe Series, Book 7 | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Havoc: The Northern Portugal Campaign, Spring 1809: The Sharpe Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
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    A small British army is stranded when the French invade northern Portugal and Lieutenant Richard Sharpe meets the future Duke of Wellington. Sharpe is stranded behind enemy lines, but he has Patrick Harper, his riflemen, and he has the assistance of a young, idealistic Portuguese officer. When he is joined by the future Duke of Wellington they immediately mount a counter-attack and Sharpe, having been the hunted, becomes the hunter once more.

    Book 7 the best yet

    Enjoyed this book emencley good pace with twist and turns . Rupert Farley' s naration is concistant thought the series, which allows you to pic..Show More »

    Reviewed on 18 November 2016 by MR W Daly ()
  • 8
    Sharpe's Eagle: The Talavera Campaign, July 1809: The Sharpe Series, Book 8 | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Eagle: The Talavera Campaign, July 1809: The Sharpe Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    The newly promoted Captain Richard Sharpe clashes with an incompetent colonel, leads his men in the battle of Talavera and earns himself a dangerous enemy. As Sharpe leads his men in to battle, he knows he must fight for the honour of the regiment and his future career. 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.

    Excellently read.

    Fantastic adaptation of a wonderful series of books. I'm a huge Sharpe fan, and I couldn't fault the narration here.

    Reviewed on 05 October 2015 by K. M. Woodhouse (Rainham, Essex)
  • 9
    Sharpe's Gold: The Destruction of Almeida, August 1810: The Sharpe Series, Book 9 | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Gold: The Destruction of Almeida, August 1810: The Sharpe Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Captain Sharpe's task is to recover from a feared guerilla leader the gold Wellington so desperately needs.The enemy he faces strikes terror into the hearts of all around - a renegade guerilla band whose leader has a particular loathing for Sharpe, who has stolen his woman. 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.

    Sharpe's Gold

    Great story with admiral research. Must say the ending sagged somewhat. Didn't like the bed hopping part. It made Sharpe somewhat shallow. Overall it ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 15 October 2016 by Eileen ()
  • 10
    Sharpe's Escape: The Bussaco Campaign, 1810: The Sharpe Series, Book 10 | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Escape: The Bussaco Campaign, 1810: The Sharpe Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
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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.

    Fantastic. Rupert Farley is superb!

    Farley takes his time, really draws the story out but it doesn't drag at all. His accents are phenomenal and he captures the characters perfectly - I ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 04 October 2016 by Kaz ()
  • 11
    Sharpe's Fury: The Battle of Barrosa, March 1811: The Sharpe Series, Book 11 | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Fury: The Battle of Barrosa, March 1811: The Sharpe Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (82)
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    Captain Sharpe has to protect a philandering diplomat and, deserted by his ally, faces the enemy. In the winter of 1811, the war seems lost. Spain has fallen to the French, except for Cadiz, now the Spanish capital and itself under siege. Inside the city walls an intricate diplomatic dance is taking place and Richard Sharpe faces more than one enemy. The small British force is trapped by a French army, and their only hope lies with the outnumbered redcoats outside refusing to admit defeat.

    Not the best, but bloody good.

    The story is a bit bitty compared to the best in the series, but this is partly because the historical events around which it is based make it hard to..Show More »

    Reviewed on 04 July 2015 by Kuleshov ()
  • 12
    Sharpe's Battle: The Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro, May 1811: The Sharpe Series, Book 12 | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Battle: The Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro, May 1811: The Sharpe Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
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    Richard Sharpe is fighting for his Irish battalion and his own honour through the blood-stained streets of the town. Quartered in a crumbling Portuguese fort, Richard Sharpe and his men are attacked by an elite French unit, led by an old enemy of Sharpe's, and suffer heavy losses. The army's high command blame Sharpe for the disaster and his military career seems to be ruined. His only hope is to redeem himself on the battlefield.

    Farley is superhuman!

    Having got me this far into the Sharpe series I didn't doubt Richard Farley's abilities, but this one went above and beyond - Sharpe's nemesis this ti..Show More »

    Reviewed on 21 November 2016 by Kaz ()
  • 13
    Sharpe's Company: The Siege of Badajoz, January to April 1812: The Sharpe Series, Book 13 | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Company: The Siege of Badajoz, January to April 1812: The Sharpe Series, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
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    Captain Richard Sharpe has to lead the attack on the terrible fortress. It is a hard winter. For Richard Sharpe it is the worst he can remember. He has lost command to a man who could buy the promotion Sharpe covets. His oldest enemy, the ruthless and indestructible Hakes will, joins the regiment and he is a man with a mission to ruin Sharpe. But Sharpe is determined to change his luck. The only way - a desperate choice - is to volunteer the Forlorn Hope, to lead the attack on the impregnable fortress.

    g

    great narration which kept you and the story together . great storyline . very entertaining

    Reviewed on 07 October 2015 by mike ()
  • 14
    Sharpe's Sword: The Salamanca Campaign, June and July 1812: The Sharpe Series, Book 14 | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Sword: The Salamanca Campaign, June and July 1812: The Sharpe Series, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Richard Sharpe, who alone can recognise the top French spy, is under orders to capture him alive. Richard Sharpe is once again at war. But this time his enemy is just one man - the ruthless Colonel Leroux. Sharpe's mission is to safeguard El Mirador, a spy whose network of agents is vital to British victory. Sharpe is forced into a new world of political and military intrigue.

    Another excellent audiobook

    I have loved these books for years, and I love the narrator's reading of them. It's just how it sounded in my head (except he's better at the accents!..Show More »

    Reviewed on 04 September 2016 by K. M. Woodhouse (Rainham, Essex)
  • 15
    Sharpe's Enemy: The Defence of Portugal, Christmas 1812: The Sharpe Series, Book 15 | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Enemy: The Defence of Portugal, Christmas 1812: The Sharpe Series, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    Major Sharpe, in the bitter winter, must attempt a desperate rescue and face his most implacable enemy. Newly promoted, he is given the task of rescuing a group of well-born women, held hostage high in the mountains by a rabble of deserters. And one of the renegades is Sergeant Hakeswill, Sharpe's bitter enemy. 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.

    the whole series is amazing.

    Can't praise these books enough.. my cumute to work on the underground is so much better for listening to these books :)

    Reviewed on 02 October 2016 by paul ()
  • 16
    Sharpe's Honour: The Vitoria Campaign, February to June 1813: The Sharpe Series, Book 16 | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Honour: The Vitoria Campaign, February to June 1813: The Sharpe Series, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
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    Story
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    Major Sharpe finds himself a fugitive, hunted by enemy and ally alike. Major Richard Sharpe awaits the opening shots of the army's campaign with grim expectancy. For victory depends on the increasingly fragile alliance between Britain and Spain - an alliance that must be maintained at any cost. Pierre Ducos, the wily French intelligence officer, sees a chance both to destroy the alliance and to achieve a personal revenge on Richard Sharpe.

    Sharpe's Honour.

    One of the best in the series. Almost matches Sharpe's Enemy and the fantastic narration by Rupert Farley who outdid himself reading the dying Hakeswe..Show More »

    Reviewed on 24 October 2016 by Eileen ()
  • 17
    Sharpe's Regiment: The Invasion of France, June to November 1813: The Sharpe Series, Book 17 | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Regiment: The Invasion of France, June to November 1813: The Sharpe Series, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
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    (64)
    Performance
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    Story
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    Richard Sharpe returns to England to save the regiment. Major Sharpe's men are in mortal danger - not from the French, but from the bureaucrats of Whitehall. Unless reinforcements can be brought from England, the regiment will be disbanded. Determined not to see his regiment die, Sharpe returns to England and uncovers a nest of high-ranking traitors, any of whom could utterly destroy his career with a word.

    Sharpe at its best

    Great story, really well narrated. Can't wait to read the next book by Bernard Cornwell.

    Reviewed on 19 September 2016 by A. Bingham ()
  • 18
    Sharpe's Siege: The Winter Campaign, 1814: The Sharpe Series, Book 18 | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Siege: The Winter Campaign, 1814: The Sharpe Series, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
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    Richard Sharpe, abandoned in enemy territory, has to trust in assistance from a hostile American privateer. The invasion of France is under way and the British Navy has called upon the services of Major Richard Sharpe. He and a small force of riflemen are to capture a fortress and secure a landing on the French coast - one of the most dangerous missions of his career.

    best ever

    best ever Sharpe totally glued all the way through shame about t Hogan very sad end

    Reviewed on 23 July 2016 by derek ()
  • 19
    Sharpe's Revenge: The Peace of 1814: The Sharpe Series, Book 19 | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Revenge: The Peace of 1814: The Sharpe Series, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Richard Sharpe triumphs in the last battle of the war, only to find himself in worse peril when charged to recover Napoleon's treasure. It is 1814. There are rumours that Napoleon is dead, or has run away, but Sharpe has one last battle to fight before he can lay down his sword. It is the battle for Toulouse. Little does he know it will be one of the bloodiest conflicts of the war. But Sharpe's war is not only the battle.

    The worst of the Sharpe series.

    Firstly, the performance is, as always with Rupert Farley, absolutely fantastic.
    The problem is with the story itself. It is weak, jumps about and..Show More »

    Reviewed on 11 August 2015 by Mr. Alexander J. Day (swansea, great britain)
  • 20
    Sharpe's Waterloo: The Waterloo Campaign, 15 - 18 June, 1815: The Sharpe Series, Book 20 | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Waterloo: The Waterloo Campaign, 15 - 18 June, 1815: The Sharpe Series, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
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    Story
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    Lieutenant-Colonel Sharpe, sidelined on the royal staff, magnificently siezes command at the final moment of the great victory. It is 1815. Sharpe is serving on the personal staff of the prince of Orange, who refuses to listen to Sharpe's reports of an enormous army, led by Napoleon, marching towards them. The Battle of Waterloo commences, and it seems as if Sharpe must stand by and watch the grandest scale of military folly.

    Gripping

    I've read/listened to several other Sharpe novels and watched the whole TV series. Nevertheless this was surprisingly and utterly gripping! I now have..Show More »

    Reviewed on 03 April 2015 by Kuleshov ()
  • 21
    Sharpe's Devil: Napoleon and South America, 1820 - 1821: The Sharpe Series, Book 21 | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Devil: Napoleon and South America, 1820 - 1821: The Sharpe Series, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
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    Richard Sharpe, asked to help an old friend, meets, at last, the greatest enemy. Five years after the Battle of Waterloo, Sharpe's peaceful retirement in Normandy is shattered. An old friend, Don Blas Vivar, is missing in Chile, reported dead at rebel hands--a report his wife refuses to believe. She appeals to Sharpe to find out the truth. Sharpe, along with Patrick Harper, finds himself bound for Chile via St. Helena, where they have a fateful meeting with the fallen emperor Napoleon.

    sharpe 's devil - a devilishly good book

    The final story here is good. The voices from the reader are also good but after a whole series the Scottish accent is the same for Scottmen in the se..Show More »

    Reviewed on 24 May 2016 by David W. ()