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Summary

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 Hakeswill, 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 town of Badajoz, a road to almost certain death or, just possibly, to heroic glory.

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.

©1982 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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the best, most gripping Sharpe book so far

Wonderful descriptions of battle, Cornwall leaves you gripped in suspense as you fear for the safety of Sharpe and his family and company

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Firing On All Cylinders

What did you like most about Sharpe's Company: The Siege of Badajoz, January to April 1812?

This is possibly the best Sharpe book, and maybe the best book Cornwell has written, and what I liked about it is not just the stakes of the war, but the stakes of the characters. That is what Sharpe's Company is all about, the people.

What did you like best about this story?

How evil Sergeant Hakeswill is. Possibly one of the greatest villains in literature.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. And I did. Oops.

Any additional comments?

Nothing I can write here will be adequate. Listen for yourself.

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Another great Sahrp

Very good narration, another very enjoyable tale which again left me wanting to find out what happens next. Damn you Hakeswill!

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Excellent narrator

Rupert Farley really is such an excellent narrator of this truly excellent series of novels.

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

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Top drawer stuff

Another brilliant instalment of rattlingly good action and drama. This story sees the return of the diabolical Hakeswill. The narrator is absolutely superb.

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Great story, awesome narrator.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Action packed and full wonderful characters. The villain leap from the page and the whole story pulls you along.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sharpe's Company: The Siege of Badajoz, January to April 1812?

The battle scenes are so full throttle.

Which character – as performed by Rupert Farley – was your favourite?

Richard sharpe but all characters are so well read.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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