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Sharpe's Tiger is chronologically the first of about 20 Richard Sharpe books. About seven years ago, I read Sharpe’s Rifles and subsequently devoured each book in the series.
Fast forward to 2007: It is so hard to find a great listen and I was so desperate that I returned to a dependable, entertaining, consistently engrossing series – Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe novels but this time as audiobooks starting with the first in the series.
Since Sharpe’s Tiger is chronologically the first book (Cornwell started this series with the Napoleonic Wars in Europe with Sharpe’s Rifles) it remains true to the character and action as the other Sharpe books. Many series start off weak or uncertain before the author finds his pace and the character is developed.
I found that slight weakness to be true with the first two or three Sharpe books that Cornwell wrote. They were very good but I found that as Cornwell became more comfortable with the series and writing, the books got even better. Since Sharpe’s Tiger was written several years after Cornwell started the series, he and Sharpe are in their prime. This is a great book to start the series.
The more books that I download from Audible, the more I realize the importance of a good narrator. Frederick Davidson does an excellent job with different accents in the book including Scot, British (of course), Indian and French. He also differentiates the speech of different people so it is easy to know when the conversation has shifted. Most importantly, Davidson does an excellent job of telling this exciting tale without getting overly dramatic.
As awkward as it sounds, each Sharpe novel is like a gritty Cinderella story, except Sharpe rarely gets to keep the girl or the money.
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This series (many read in print as not all were available unabridged on Audible when I read them a few years ago) made for a great summer of reading. There are over twenty books in the series. Somehow the books did not get too repetitive or formulaic. I remember that summer of reading fondly. These books kept me enthralled for months.
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