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Summary

Lieutenant-Colonel Sharpe, sidelined on the royal staff, magnificently siezes command at the final moment of the great victory. 

It is 1815. Sharpe is serving on the personal staff of the prince of Orange, who refuses to listen to Sharpe's reports of an enormous army, led by Napoleon, marching towards them. 

The Battle of Waterloo commences, and it seems as if Sharpe must stand by and watch the grandest scale of military folly. But at the height of battle, as victory seems impossible, Sharpe takes command, and the most hard-fought and bloody battle of his career becomes his most magnificent triumph. 

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.

©2015 Bernard Cornwell (P)2015 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 Waterloo: The Waterloo Campaign, 15 - 18 June, 1815

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Gripping

I've read/listened to several other Sharpe novels and watched the whole TV series. Nevertheless this was surprisingly and utterly gripping! I now have to check all the history books and read around Waterloo.

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No better series of any book in any category!

How is it possible to be so consistently fantastic in story , humour and suspense over the entire sharpe series, amazing !
I frequently listen from first to last in order it takes months but I'm still interested ,great
Rupert Farley is a great narrator for this series he makes you think that I am there flawless!

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Magnificent Sharpe story

Excellent read! Superb detail of the carnage at Waterloo. Narration by Rupert Farley was outstanding!

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I know this is historic fiction: but ...

I have been to Waterloo more than once and have a kitchen tile from Hogarth Farm still stained with blood on it's rear. I can not image how it felt to have been in the battle. But following Sharp brings it to new life and I am awre struck by the bravery of 'all' the men who where there twice as much thanks to this account of the actions. Next time I will see the field of Waterloo in a new and terrible light yet again.

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War is a funny thing!

Great listen another Cornwell classic. Descriptic writing at its very best, you can clearly visualise the horror.

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Not just best

Had I come to this first I would not have listened to every book before it. It is more a report of s battle then a story. And in that it has a gratuitous focus on gore and guts. I think there may be better ways to learn of Waterloo, and this book is less fiction than a dressing up if someone facts as fiction. Disappointing.

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A Sharp Story

what made this audible book for me was the obvious research that had gone into the book, having been to visit the Battlefield site on a trip through the area, the story and its locations came flooding back, excellent narration.

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Not Sharpe's Waterloo

The original conclusion to the series, another novel written since then has displaced this as the finale, though it doesn't really matter as Sharpe's Waterloo is a first rate novel, one of the best. The character has been marching towards Waterloo arguably since the beginning of the series, (Sharpe's Eagle as originally written), and all that dramatic build-up does not fall flat.
I could go on about how amazing it is for another dozen paragraphs, but I'd just be repeating myself; and if you've read all the other books in the series then you're definitely going to get this one.
TLDR - this book is brilliant.

(PS Rupert Farley is great.)

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By far the best of.....

Firstly I must convey my utter thanks to Rupert Farley. You, sir, in the performance of an author that I utterly enjoy, have been the best companion I could wish for in my journeys to and from home. I have one book remaining in the Sharpe series and hope to hear you as I revisit Bernard Cornwell's other novels. Thank you.

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Excellent as always.

Farley knows how to bring Cornwall's characters to life. The book keeps us on edge despite the fact that we know how the battle ends.

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excellent, but....

I wish they included the afterword by the author. Always enjoyed reading those, and seeing where he inserted the South Essex into history.