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Sharpe's Prey: The Expedition to Copenhagen, 1807 (The Sharpe Series, Book 5)

Written by: Bernard Cornwell
Narrated by: Rupert Farley
Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
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Richard Sharpe is sent to Copenhagen to deliver a bribe to stop the Danes handing over possession of their battle fleet to the French.

It seems very easy. But nothing is easy in a Europe stirred by French ambitions. The Danes possess a battle fleet that could replace every ship the French lost at Trafalgar, and Napoleon's forces are gathering to take it. The British have to stop them, while the Danes insist on remaining neutral.

Dragged into a war of spies and brutality, Sharpe finds that he is a sacrificial pawn. But pawns can sometimes change the game, and Sharpe makes his own rules. When he discovers a traitor in his midst, he becomes a hunter in a city besieged by British troops.

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.

©2001 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishing Limited

What the critics say

"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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-10

Best Narrator

Rupert Farley delivers the story in such an enjoyable way quality audiobooks read well.
Recommend all Sharpe series read by him to be listened to

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  • Markus
  • 2019-01-21

Fun Story

Fun Story of the Sharp Series. Great entertainment commuting. Good performance good listening while driving

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  • Andrew Rea
  • 2018-02-18

A tragic interlude of the Napoleonic Wars

The perforfance is fine, the location is great, there's a tragic historical context, but the new characters are stereotypes and the plot is more filler than compelling. I guess Cornwell had to get Sharpe out of his happy home and feature Copenhagen as a step in Wellington's career, but the story was a bit of a muddle.