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

The Sharpe Series, Book 6
Narrated by: Rupert Farley
Series: Richard Sharpe Novels, Book 6
Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
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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)

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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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Sharpe's rifles.

Another excellent book, well written & read. Great TV series but you can't beat a good book..

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  • 27-08-20

Superb

Again. I’m listening to the entire series whilst impatient for the final Uhtred book. And this series is equally gripping. Even though I watched all the tv programmes long ago, so much more in the books.

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Sharpe’s Rifles

Having listened to the five previous audiobooks in this series I am aware of the main story lines and characters. I think, in my opinion, Rupert does an excellent job apart from two ongoing characterisations. Firstly and it may be my untrained ear but does ever Scotsman sound like Sean Connery? Secondly, the ‘soft spoken Hagman from Cheshire’ sounds more like Moxey from Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. Sorry, my review and had to be said. Still enjoying!

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awful narration of a really good story

such a shame, I was looking forward to listening to this series of books

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Another amazing adventure

Incredible battles, the passion and agreesion so elequently brought to life through this book.

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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.