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Sharpe's Tiger: The Siege of Seringapatam, 1799 (The Sharpe Series, Book 1)

Narrated by: Rupert Farley
Series: Richard Sharpe Novels, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
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Summary

Richard Sharpe avoids the tyrannical Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill and endeavours to rescue a British officer from under the nose of the Tippoo of Mysore.

But in fleeing Hakeswill, Sharpe enters the exotic and dangerous world of the Tippoo. An adventure that will require all of his wits just to stay alive, let alone save the British army from catastrophe.

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.

©2010 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishing 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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At the Sharpe Start

The ratings say it all, having read much of Cornwell's work I am a slight latecomer to what is probably his most famous series. It's been well worth waiting for! Even at this relatively early stage of his writing career Cornwell has created a genuinely worthy lead character and a story to match. Even more importantly he has created a nemesis for Sharpe in Sergeant Hakeswell who as a villain genuinely makes your skin crawl. It's a heady mix with a rich background of the Indian subcontinent and a varied cast of characters brought to life by the excellent narration from Rupert Farley.

I got a slight impression that maybe this was just a tad rough round the edges compared to the polish of the author's more recent work but so many of his trademarks such as the strong characters, rich historical detail and fine story-telling are there that it never became a distraction.

In short, an excellent start that will probably have you hungry for more.

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Thank goodness for the unabridged version

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I read all the Richard Sharpe novels years ago and loved them. I have avoided all the abridged novels but now delighted to find Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe is now here on Audible in unabridged form. I look forward to the next one.

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Gripping from start to end

Would you listen to Sharpe's Tiger: The Siege of Seringapatam, 1799 (The Sharpe Series, Book 1) again? Why? I would listen to it again because the story is gripping and fast paced. What was one of the most memorable moments of Sharpe's Tiger: The Siege of Seringapatam, 1799 (The Sharpe Series, Book 1)? So many are memorable moments, but Sharpe going undercover into Saringapatam has to be the highlight. Which character – as performed by Rupert Farley – was your favourite? I loved his Sharpe character best. He's got his voice down to perfection. Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? Although Sergeant Hakeswell is a nasty piece of work, I can't help but like his character. Ok I want to see him dead, but he makes me smile everytime he say's, "Say's so in the scriptures." A horrible man, but you love to hate him. Any additional comments? A great story with great characters.

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A good adventure

A sound adventure with which to build characters for further development. Have watched the TV series of course and this is my first go at the books.

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Great narration

I had enjoyed reading a couple of books from this series prior to listening to this but the narrator really brought something extra to the story. I'll be moving straight on to the next in the series.

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A brilliant start to an amazing series!

narration is top notch brilliant story and amazing character development best moment, dragging a devil to meat some man eaters .. if only they had been devil eaters instead.

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a must have in anyones collection.

loved it. the narrator has an excellent range of accents.
Bernard Cornwell never fails to entertain. I hope this series is as good as his Thomas of hookton series.

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Great

A great book can’t wait for more. An interesting insight into a soldiers life in 1799

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Brilliant

Can't believe I'm only just starting these books now. Great story and great introduction to the standard solder of that period. loved it. already purchased the next 3 books with Audible

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Amazing story and great characters

Amazing story and great characters and Farley’s narration with all the characters voices was superb and brought this great book to life. Highly recommended, I will be back for more.

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  • 02-11-18

A great story and a great read.

Bernard Cornwell weaves historical fact and entertaining fiction into a compelling story. One cannot help but admire Richard Sharp’s ruthlessness and kindness. It is Rupert Farley who brings this great story to life. His ability to give voice to the variety of characters makes this a great listen.

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  • PAPPI
  • 07-02-18

Tipu sultan

His father haider Ali always kept the British at distance and as long as he was alive Mysore was safe Tipu was a great ruler and was the first ruler who wanted to kick the bristhers out of India.he tried a treaty with Hyderabad but the red coats pulled Hyderabad on their side and attacked tipu.this is the way of dived and rule and that is how Britain ruled India for nearly 200 years

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  • David
  • 17-08-20

A romp

Good fun if a completely preposterous plot! Nicely read. Sharpe survives more close shaves than James Bond.

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  • Andre
  • 29-03-20

Great start to the series!

I found this book wonderful. Being immersed in a history and part of the world that I have little knowledge of. Bernard Cornwell has a way of writing that involves all your senses, you feel and hear and smell and even taste the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this action filled historical novel.