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Summary

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. There is little Sharpe would enjoy more. 

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.

Please Note: The historical note is NOT included in this audiobook.

©1988 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)

What listeners say about Sharpe's Rifles: The French Invasion of Galicia, January 1809

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Fantastic

I have grown to love this series of books. They bring history into life like nothing else. The performance of the series is 5stars. Highly recommend the Sharpe series.

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Enjoyable storytelling

Very enjoyable Sharpe story. Plenty of action and heroics. excellent narration - accents, intonation, pronunciation of Spanish and French - Rupert Farley is brilliant. Would recommend if you like good, old fashioned swashbuckling stories.

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Another great Sharpe audio book.

I love the Sharpe novels and Rupert Farley does an excellent job of bringing them to life.

My only complaint is the voice of Hagman, for some reason he has been given a Scouse accent, an accent that didn't exist in them days, it would have been closer to a Lancashire accent. The first recorded note a Scouse accent is 1890 and came out of a mix of the Welsh and Irish settlers in the city.

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Out performs the TV by a mile

My buckle has never been so swashed. Clearly an early rendering of Sharpe but still welcome for all that. There were a few tricky scenes that my mind had trouble rendering but it was exciting just the same.

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Starring death in the face, lighting came.

One of the best endings in the series! And a bit of black humour to boot.
Slow going in parts but we'll worth it in the end, a superbly written book.

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Top drawer stuff from Cornwell as usual

Being a long time Sharpe fan this is one of my favourite books, to Mr Cornwell, thank you for Sharpe, Uthred and all the other characters who enrich my life!

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Cornwell's Sharpe bought to life by Farley

Another great story excellently performed by Rupert Farley. It feels like I am standing among Sharpe's Rifles bought to life by the super reading of Farley. All the characters voices superbly interpreted help to deliver a right ripping yarn.

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Great

Time just flies when you listen to the book Brilliant book well read Makes the characters Come alive

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Sharpe becomes a "proper" officer

A good story about Dick Sharpes learning curve from being a bastard, to a proper bastard.

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phenomenal!

some of the best adventure stories ever. absolutely love the books so far and cant wait to get the rest

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  • 05-02-19

Rupert Farley bring Sharpe and this story to life.

Bernard Cornwall weaves a tale that is both vivid in its detail and compelling in its characters. Not just with this story but with all his stories.
It is Rupert Farley that brings these great stories to life. His ability to go from a broad Yorkshire accent for Sharpe (that sounds like he’s Sean Bean’s brother) to Spanish, French or any accent makes Rupert a master storyteller.

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  • Louise Rabie
  • 21-03-21

Exceptional narration

Audiobooks are made by the narrator , Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe is brought to life by Rupert Farley. I’m reminded of the partnership between Joe Abercrombie’s books and Steven Pacey, Lord of the Rings and Rob Inglis and Harry Potter and Stephen Fry. Hugely enjoyable.