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Summary

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. So with his honour at stake, against an overwhelming number of French troops, Sharpe leads his men to battle in the narrow streets of Fuentes de Oñoro.

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.

©1995 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"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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Perfection

Such is the level of detail, combined with the narration, it's like you are there. All you have to do is close your eyes and immerse yourself.

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Sharpe's Bravado

Where does Sharpe's Battle: The Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro, May 1811 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best.

What about Rupert Farley’s performance did you like?

The way he is able to perform all the characters competently and enjoyably.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The final fight between Sharpe and the villain. T'was fantastic.

Any additional comments?

Another gem from Bernard Cornwell, Sharpe's Battle has it all! Brutal French villains, incompetent noblemen, an impossible situation and the threat of court martial. Can Sharpe fight his way through all this and win? You'll have to listen to find out...

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Rupert reading excellent

I could hear Sharpe and Pat telling the story also
it sounded like several readers

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another cracker

if like me you've become a little obsessed with this series, take heart, this is one of the better ones. Mr Farley does another fantastic job of narration.

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It's definitely a grower....

A hard, grim start to this one but well worth the journey. The Sharpe series has kept me company on many a journey now and I'm yet to be disappointed. I'm reading/listening in chronological order rather than order of publishing and the variation in writing keeps it surprisingly fresh. Bernard Cornwell is truly brilliant; 12 books in and I'm still wanting more.

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Brilliant ya bastards

Can’t keep a good Rifleman down, or another brilliant Sharpe novel. The narration is excellent and immersive!

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Sharpe's Battle

brilliant narration. great story . fabulous entertainment.You can always rely on Bernard Cornwell .Superb book

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Very good until…

About halfway when one of the characters unleashes a grossly offensive anti catholic tirade of abuse about the Virgin Mary. Apart from that a good listen.

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Not the best sharpe story. Still great.

whether it's because The Allies were losing or Sharpes in the cack, this story didn't resonate as well as previous Sharpe stories

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Sharpe's Battle

Well it's very different to the TV show this one is but oh is it a good listen.. on to the next one !!

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  • 29-04-18

Great story as the other books this far.

Hard to pause, but calls to continue. Rupert is the best with accents. Have covered all the books this far and intending to continue.