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

The Sharpe Series, Book 7
Narrated by: Rupert Farley
Series: Richard Sharpe Novels, Book 7
Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
5 out of 5 stars (463 ratings)

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Summary

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. Amidst the wreckage of a defeated army, in the storm-lashed hills of the Portuguese frontier, Sharpe takes his revenge.

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.

©2003 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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Great read

As usual a great read, lives up to the TV series, listen to this while out in the garden, which got a lot of attention as I could not stop listening to the book. 👍👍👍

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amazing as always

simply sublime storytelling. an amazing hunt with a brilliantly aggressive finish. can't wait to read the next!!!

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Bernard Cornwell , Research that takes you to away

Rupert Farley who vocalises the Work of Bernard Cornwell, Close your eyes and there's Sharpe

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excellent novel rollercoaster of a read non stop action from the start the storyteller pulls you deeper as you go along


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Well narrated, except for...

Rupert Farley is an excellent narrator and portrays accents particularly well. However, his choice of accents for certain characters is sometimes perplexing. Sharpe himself, for example, born and bred in London, albeit with a temporary teenage relocation to Yorkshire, has a Yorkshire accent as thick as a doorstep of Hovis. On the other hand villainous Williamson from Leicestershire is attributed with a Cockney accent. Could this be yet another example of anti-Cockney stereotyping?

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Historically interesting as always,...

...however, I thought the story to be weaker than normal which was disappointing still good

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Great

A really enjoyable sharpe book with a great narrator. If you like Sharpe or napoleonics its deffinetly worth a listen

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Fantastic

Fantastic as all the books in the series have been. Downloading the next book now.

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classic Sharpe

great narration, and the writing is superb, evoking vivid landscapes and battles, a classic Sharpe novel

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Historical Havoc

Where does Sharpe's Havoc: The Northern Portugal Campaign, Spring 1809 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top ten

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The French assault on the redoubt at night

Any additional comments?

Sharpe's Havoc is one of the best of the Sharpe novels written by Cornwell; the story is excellent, the action gripping and not overdone, and the characters have wonderful and believable motivations. 10/10 would listen to again.

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  • 12-04-19

For the fans of Sharp

Bloody 'ell this is a good book 😊 great story, great reading, we love Richard Sharp