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A change from sea routine
Although Kydd doesn't spend a great deal of time at sea in this book - instead he mixes with the great and the good - Stockwin still creates as vivid a story and set of characters as ever (and there are still a few sea skirmishes!). Rodska's narration is - as is to be expected - excellent as always.
Don't leave your luggage unattended!
Somehow Terry Pratchett has managed to make a travelling chest into a spectacularly funny character - 'the luggage' - a psychopathic box, with feet, that is fiercely loyal to it's owner 'the tourist' (Two-flower) - who meets a failed wizard - adventure and chaos ensues.
As a first introduction to Discworld this is very good - although if you're new to Pratchett it will all come across as quite fantastical to begin with - but listening pays off.
My only criticism is not with the narration or story, but with the quality of the recording, which was a little variable.
Shame it will remain unfinished!
A couple of very good beginnings here - and well worth a listen if you have a voucher or free credit to spare - otherwise stick to the completed hornblower books and listen to this one at the end - the last 30 minutes or so tie things off
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Brilliant as always!
Rupert Farley was, as always, excellent, and the story was cracking too! Just looking forward to Waterloo now! Hopefully it won't be too long...
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Meanwhile, back in England...
If you could sum up Sharpe's Regiment: The Invasion of France, June to November 1813 in three words, what would they be?
Treacherous, thrilling, triumphant
What did you like best about this story?
A change of scene from Sharpe's adventures in India and Spain, only his second return home in the series if memory serves, which sees Sharpe placed in the unfamiliar territory of Britain's class system and high society (which he experiences from numerous perspectives...)
Have you listened to any of Rupert Farley’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Much like his other readings of Sharpe - Farley is excellent. His Sharpe sounds just like Sean Bean, his Harper is cracking, and he has a wide range of other voices which are both convincing in the characters they evoke and consistently deployed across each book - so there is a sense of continuity with characters like Harper, Hagman, Lawford, Nairn, etc..
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I was always on Sharpe's side - egging him on to his inevitable victory!
Any additional comments?
A great book - but best listened to as part of the series. Sharpe always triumphs too, which might not be appealing to everyone - no nadir like that which Jack Aubrey experiences in Patrick O'Brian's novels, but I do not think that detracts from the rip-roaring historical romp (which also gives a real sense of place and time) that is Sharpe's Regiment.