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Publisher's Summary

Here is one of those rare novels, the first in an epic series, that completely transports the listener to an unforgettable time and place in history. At Talavera in July of 1809, Captain Richard Sharpe, bold, professional, and ruthless, prepares to lead his men against the armies of Napoleon into what will be the bloodiest battle of the war. Sharpe has earned his captaincy, but there are others, such as the foppish Lieutenant Gibbons and his uncle, Colonel Henry Simmerson, who have bought their commissions despite their incompetence. After their cowardly loss of the regiment's colors, their resentment toward the upstart Sharpe turns to treachery, and Sharpe must battle his way through sword fights and bloody warfare to redeem the honor of his regiment.
Don't forget to check out the rest of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series.
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Critic Reviews

"Consistently exciting....These are wonderful novels!" (Stephen King)

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Great and you don't have to have read the others

One of the wonderful features of the Sharp's novel is that any one is a stand alone. Cornwell writes the best historical fiction around. Not only does he include lots of backround but he is a master of creating swashbuckling characters and great situations.

The rendition of the book was excellent, the characters were 100% in place and believable.

Rent any of the Sharp's books and you won't be dissapointed!

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A giant ditto

"Sharpe's Eagle" was a fascinating book. The action scenes were read just right to keep the flow moving and the characterizations fit throughout the reading. I'm hooked. Off to get more of Sharpe and see what other problems he runs into as the war goes on.

By the way, the historical accuracy also helped make the book believable.

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I loved all of Bernard Cornwell Sharpe's books

Great fun, lots of adventure, some history. I liked all of Bernard Cornwell Sharpe's books so much that I was deeply depressed when I finished the last one available at audible. More Please!

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Sharpe's Eagle- Great Listening Experience

I purchased this book as a first attempt at historical fiction. I found it difficult to find a good place to stop listening. I enjoy historical fiction and this one contains enough historical detail to keep it interesting just from that point of view. In addition, it has a very compelling plot and enough interesting characters to keep the listener engaged through out the telling of this story. I would recommend listening to this series in order if possible. The first available is Sharpe's Rifles. Start there and see what you think.

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Engrossing!

This was a great story. It was superbly written with plenty of action, but also with great context, background and a description of the time and place that made me feel I was there. It was genuinely hard to stop listening, and after my long commute I often found myself wishing I was not yet at my destination. The reading was outstanding.

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Fantastic Read - Military Adventure

A great story for anyone who enjoys military fiction. The attention to detail is precise, however it never becomes boring.
Sharpe and the rest of the South Essex are all likable (or hatable) and in the end you find yourself sad that the battle is over, much like Sharpe himself.
Davidson is an excellent narrator, differentiating all the voices down to their accents and inflections. His narration is especially fun because it has a very casual tone that makes it feel like a soldier recanting tales of past glories… in a pub after a few drinks. It is charming and delightful, to say the least.
I heartily recommend Sharpe’s Eagle.

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Enjoyable, Not Gripping

I enjoyed this novel. It wasn’t gripping or by any means lengthy, but it was interesting and I am looking forward to listening to book 2. I love The Last Kingdom series on Netflix and wanted to explore more of Bernard Cornwell’s writing. I was not disappointed; he is an excellent author. The narrator isn’t so great, however, as he is a bit difficult to understand. I had to rewind the book maaaaany times to, most of the time, understand what he was saying. Otherwise, a good listen.

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This was a great adventure story.

Story and performance were great! Sharpe is a great way to escape. I will listen or read all of these.

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I miss Davis case/Fredrick Davidson

His narration especially Sharpe and Flashman novels are wonderful. I like Sharpe’s eagle, because at the end Sharpe gets the credit and accolades he deserves. Cornwell’s characterization of the good bad and criminally incompetent array of British army officers here may be the best of any of the Sharpe books.

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Fantastic

Great! Wonderful reader and story The ending left a smile on my face and a longing to hear the next one