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Editorial Reviews

"Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched." ( Observer)

Publisher's Summary

Richard Sharpe, abandoned in enemy territory, has to trust in assistance from a hostile American privateer. 

The invasion of France is under way and the British Navy has called upon the services of Major Richard Sharpe. He and a small force of riflemen are to capture a fortress and secure a landing on the French coast - one of the most dangerous missions of his career. 

Through the reckless incompetence of a naval commander, Sharpe finds himself abandoned in the heart of enemy territory, facing overwhelming forces and the very real prospect of defeat. He has no choice but to trust his fortunes to an American privateer - a man who has no love for the British invaders. 

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.

©1987 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Sharpe and his creator are national treasures." ( Sunday Telegraph)
"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 Siege: The Winter Campaign, 1814

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  • qwerty
  • 28-02-2020

Yup, another good one

Should sell well in the US. Some of the characters deserve a book or two of their own.

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  • Wolfbrother
  • 20-02-2020

Another belter of a book by Bernard Cornwell!

I really hope Bernard Cornwell keeps writing the Sharpe books as he has intimated, I never get fed up of him and Harper going through their myriad trials and getting revenge on their enemies, these books hail back to a time of great adventure, and of turmoil and glory, but more importantly it is seen through the cynical eyes of a working class hardman and to hear the little details about England during this period is amazing to me, a hard people forged by cruelty and love.

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  • Just
  • 02-02-2020

Sharpe Besieged

This novel is, apparently, the favourite of the author, and while very good, is certainly not the best of the series. As always, Rupert Farley is brilliant, giving voice to Cornwell's characters, though it is probably the story which somehow does not quite match the usual heights of the others. Still worthwhile, please give it a listen!

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  • Braam Ackermann
  • 31-08-2015

Brilliant Sharpe series.

I was recommended the Sharpe series by a friend at the start of the year. It has been a real blessing in my life and I feel slightly saddened that there's only 2 or 3 more books to go. Thoroughly brilliant stories and the narrator adds SO much value. His name is Rupert Farley and what a talent he is, so much so that I wrote to him recently to congratulate him on his work in this series. Particularly good at the accents of the various characters. Listen to the series from book 1, you will love it. Well done to the author and narrator. Dr. A

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-05-2019

Superb

A very good narration of a very good book . Th pace of the narration and the gusto was excellent.

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  • Andy Dormer
  • 10-01-2019

Another cracking yarn from Mr C.

Full of the brutality, bravado and bravery you come to expect from a Sharpe story Sharpe's siege leads us through a merry dance of misadventure and betrayal before throwing us into a desperate fight for survival behind enemy lines. A compelling listen read with a full voice cast from the excellent Richard Farley. Corking.

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  • David
  • 13-11-2018

Brilliant reading

Once again Rupert Fairley brings great characterisations to Bernard Cornwell’s ripping yarn. The strong Sharpe character is superbly brought to life by Rupert’s Sean Bean realisations, neatly fitting the story with known characterisation and Cornwell’s powerful writing...a tour de force strongly recommended

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  • steven newholm
  • 29-08-2018

Best story so far!

Excellent story one of the best in the series. Rupert Farley reads fantastic giving all the characters real personality's!

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  • Graeme F
  • 21-07-2017

Superb narration of a great story

Cornwell tells in vivid detail a great story, I have now read nearly all the Sharpe's books & I am never disappointed.
You always feel you are, in the middle of the battle. Rupert Farley really helps the story come alive, with his different voices.
I am always amazed at his detail & his knowledge of the history the story's are built around. Fantastic!!

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  • Kaz
  • 24-02-2017

A thriller!

Farley is superb as always. The tension during the siege and final retreat had my knuckles white. Five accents in one conversation - Farley is a master

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