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Publisher's Summary

With the emperor Napoleon at its head, an enormous French army is marching toward Brussels. The British and their allies are also converging on Brussels - in preparation for a grand society ball. And it is up to Richard Sharpe to convince the Prince of Orange, the inexperienced commander of Wellington's Dutch troops, to act before it is too late. But Sharpe's warning cannot stop the tide of battle, and the British suffer heavy losses on the road to Waterloo. Wellington has few reserves of men and ammunition, the Prussian army has not arrived, and the French advance wields tremendous firepower and determination. Victory seems impossible.

In this, the culmination of Richard Sharpe's long and arduous career, Bernard Cornwell brings to life all the horror and all the exhilaration of one of the greatest military triumphs of all time.

Don't miss the rest of Bernard Cornwell's literary masterpieces.
©1987 Rifleman Productions, Ltd (P)1996 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A marvelous mixture of fact and fiction concerning individual bravery and audacity amidst the everyday drama and turmoil of war." (Los Angeles Herald Examiner)

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Last in the series

Oh God I finally made it to the end of this series. Not a bad series, but looooong. I cant say I would not do another this long, but I wouldn't!

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Great story. Stilted reader.

I have enjoyed every Bernard Cornwell book so far, and this one is no exception. Great characters, and excellent historical detail.

But this reader detracted from the experience. I can see that he’s done many books and received high ratings, but he’s not for me. He has a supercilious tone that attempts to stay above the story, rather than get absorbed in it. Most distracting, however, are the excessive pauses between sentences. Great writing not only conveys ideas but also speaks to the ear with carefully designed pace and rhythm. This reader pauses a beat too long between every sentence, as if each one was written to be paused over and pondered on its own before moving to the next. This is a disservice to carefully written prose and a distraction to the listener.

I will continue to listen to Bernard Cornwell but will seek out works with different readers.

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Excellent Narrator

Frederick Davidson is perfect for this material. Captures the intensity of wartime in the Napoleonic era without unnecessary histrionics.

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Narrator failure

Boring could not stand him, ruined the.book. I lasted two hours but could not get into this book

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Historical fiction at its best

This was a great introduction to the battle of Waterloo, told through the eyes of the fictional hero Sharpe. This was the first Sharpe book i have listened to and i really enjoyed it. However be warned the author paints a gruesome picture of 18th century war, its brutality and the waste of human life. The characters seam real and the story seamed plausible. Highly recommend.

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Available by download at last!

I was surprised to see this title available for download last week as I'd only been able to find it on cassette recently. So I grabbed it immediately, and it's as wonderful as Frederick Davidson's readings of the other Sharpe's adventures in this series. Thank you, Audible!

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On the edge of your seat

Wow.. Is there life after Sharpe. The entire series is as good as it gets!

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Spell binding

Masterfully written and beautifully read. You don't have to be a history buff to enjoy this book. But you may become one after reading it.

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Somewhat historically accurate

I initially didn’t like the narrator because his accent was too posh. But since he had to voice numerous characters I appreciated it more. Exciting narration at times. Mostly historically correct although there was literary license since it is a work of fiction. Also the Prince of Orange might not have been such a moron in real life and deeds, there are differing accounts

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The Sharpe series is unbeatable

I am a huge fan can't recommend them enough, they are fun and truly enjoyable a great period read foe ant military buff.