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Sharpe's Sword: The Salamanca Campaign, June and July 1812

The Sharpe Series, Book 14
Narrated by: Rupert Farley
Series: Richard Sharpe Novels, Book 14
Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Publisher's Summary

Richard Sharpe, who alone can recognise the top French spy, is under orders to capture him alive.

Richard Sharpe is once again at war. But this time his enemy is just one man - the ruthless Colonel Leroux. Sharpe's mission is to safeguard El Mirador, a spy whose network of agents is vital to British victory.

Sharpe is forced into a new world of political and military intrigue. And in unfamiliar surroundings of aristocratic Spanish society, his only guide is La Marquesa - a woman with her own secrets to conceal.…

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.

©2014 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 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)

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  • NW_Raven
  • 12-06-2017

Narrator Rupert Farley is a voice actor god.

Farley breathes vivid life into Cornmwell's characters with striking accents, distinct speech, and real emotion. Even female characters fare well in his care. Better than any TV series for a listener with any imagination. A Boys Own style adventure but rollicking great fun for an adults.

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  • Tracey
  • 08-10-2014

not so sharpe

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

it was just bearable the book was probably a good book but the narrator isn,t the best for the story i think i have been spoilt with the sharpes books read by sean bean who played sharpe in the series

What other book might you compare Sharpe's Sword: The Salamanca Campaign, June and July 1812 to and why?

sharpes tiger the story and fight scences

What aspect of Rupert Farley’s performance would you have changed?

the voice tends to drone a little and can be dull

Did Sharpe's Sword: The Salamanca Campaign, June and July 1812 inspire you to do anything?

go back and listen to some earlier books read by sean

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  • antony
  • 29-12-2016

Sharpe series

Rupert Farley was made for the Sharpe series. His performance is exceptional and Cornwell books are incredibly well written. Absolutely gripping stuff

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  • K. M. Woodhouse
  • 04-09-2016

Another excellent audiobook

I have loved these books for years, and I love the narrator's reading of them. It's just how it sounded in my head (except he's better at the accents!)

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  • Philip
  • 24-07-2015

Brilliantly written and superbly narrated

What made the experience of listening to Sharpe's Sword: The Salamanca Campaign, June and July 1812 the most enjoyable?

Like most followers of Sharpe, I have read all the books and watched the series. Audio books from Audible adds a new level of enjoyment not least because Rupert Farley is supreme. Voices, accents ... a joy to listen to. Only three left! What then?

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The whole Sharpe series

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-08-2019

Cornwall on form!

I listen when walking the dog, we've had longer walks than normal while listening to this one - I look forward to the next.

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  • Bob
  • 03-03-2019

The Power of Lust and Treachery

Rupert Farley is a wonder as always in his mastery of the story and of cause Richard, well, is Richard. My only slight criticism was during "The Battle of Salamanca", and this would only be if you had any knowledge, was the initial development on the French left. But hey it is Fiction, isn't it?

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  • Joseph Jameson
  • 15-09-2017

Fantastic

The Sharpe novels have been captured so well by Harper Audible. Rupert Farley is a brilliant narrator, capturing the intimation of Cornwell's writing and bringing characters to life with an impressive array of accents. I loved the books, and listening to the Audiobooks is a complete new experience, well worth it if you fancy an adventure!

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  • Ollie C.
  • 11-09-2017

Sharpe's Sword

One of the best in the series (at least from what i've listened to so far.) Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Ian Stoker
  • 14-05-2016

Near Death

This is onetime that Richard Shape is beaten and is so near to death. Sharpe still gets the girl.