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Sharpe's Trafalgar: The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805 (The Sharpe Series, Book 4)

Narrated by: Rupert Farley
Series: Richard Sharpe Novels, Book 4
Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
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Summary

Richard Sharpe, travelling home aboard the 'Revenant', meets Admiral Nelson and his fleet, on what was a calm October day off Cape Trafalgar.

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.

©2009 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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Sharpe Sails for Glory!

With a very long road trip to come I needed something as near to guaranteed to be a good listen as I could find. This of course leaves a very short list of authors and characters and George Cornwell’s Sharpe is one of very few that fit the bill. In fact I have quite deliberately taken my time to go back to this series because it is simply that good and I want to savour it.

This one is a bit different from the previous three of course as Sharpe leaves India to begin his journey home and start his new career with the Rifles. It does take a little time to get to the real action but the story is entertaining and throughout Cornwell demonstrates that he is just as capable at naval fiction as he is at everything else!

The triumph of this book though is that when the action starts it is heart stopping stuff. Trafalgar will always be one of the most iconic of naval battles and Nelson one of this Island’s most feted heroes. These are not subjects to be trifled with but with Cornwell in charge you can feel the spray on your face, taste the blood in your mouth and smell the powder smoke in the air. The tactics deployed in the battle required every man to do more than his duty, it was a terrifyingly novel approach to fleet warfare and all of it gets its full due. This has to be one of the finest battles in modern literature and Sharpe is inserted into the overall picture deftly.

Of course this is Sharpe so he’s never content with having just say the French and Spanish to fight, he makes other enemies closer to home and yes of course there is a lady for him to pursue.

Rupert Farley brings it all to life for us with his usual excellence and by the end of the book I was happy to have experienced another masterpiece from George Cornwell. My biggest issue with this series is to resist buying all of it and running away to a dark room somewhere until it is finished!

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brilliant! again!

Another cracking Sharpe written by Cornwell and performed brilliantly by Farley who totally brings it to life

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  • 09-08-20

Classic Cornwall but a bit hard work at times

As ever, the author is a master of bringing military history to life. However Sharpe was a bit of a fish out of water, so to speak, on a ship, and at times this felt a little forced as part of the sharpe series. Not always interesting, a lot of atmospheric stuff that didn’t really move the story on. And i didn’t find it a plausible plot line, even allowing for Sharpes uncanny good fortune. Worth a listen, a good story, but a bit hard going at times. LOTS of shouting!

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Love the books love the audio

The narration and characterization is fantastic, my only complaint and this is a very small complaint is that Rupert Farley has a small repertoire of Scottish accents... nonetheless, he is a great story teller.

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Sharpe at his best

read the books now listing on audiobook loved it getting the other books now .

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Great Story - fab characters - very enjoyable

My favorite Sharpe so far - great storytelling, enjoyable plot, good old-fashioned fun with our hero

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Another amazing story

Another gem, crafted with such elegance and passion, the battles and characters come alive.

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Very exciting historical hocum

I'm still waiting to find out how Sharpe and his riches transfer into the later relatively poor and unpopular specimen of the later books. Jolly good ripping yarn.

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Cornwell at his Best

Full of intrigue blood and guts keeps you riveted as normal great History coupled with brilliant story telling.

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Typical Sharpe

it's a fairly good story, but it's quite predictable. Rupert Farley gives an excellent performance as usual.