A great story well told. There are few battles that stir a Brit like Agincourt, and Cornwell tells showing the rough underbelly of war as well
Possibly Cornwell's best (although I haven't read all the Sharpe or the Romances) and Keating is an excellent narrator. The musical chapter lead-ins, however, are super annoying, clumsy, and make the first minute of each section practically unlistenable. Over-produced audio-books are a bad trend. Four stars anyways.
I haven't yet read the print version. But, I usually prefer them.
I don't remember the name of the book, but its the life of a man in Cortez' army written when the man was about 90. It had the same person feeling.
He was enchanting.
Battle in all its gory glory...
My favorites are historical fiction. Bernard Cornwell, Diana Gabaldone, Elizabeth Chadwick are three of my favorite authors.
I loved this book. The history comes alive in his storytelling. I love the battles, love it all!
I love period literature, American, European, British, especially when it incorporates historical events for the backdrop of the story line. Bernard Cornwell’s story is wonderful, I wanted the character of Nick to overcome the natural barriers of his station and circumstances presented in his life, and it was refreshing to see his “betters” recognize his abilities and give him opportunities to shine. I will include the story of Agincourt in my list of favorites but with a big caveat. I was disappointed in the narration.
Charles Keating’s presentation was flat, two dimensional when compared to the action and emotion that the story presents. I was never sure where the peaks or valleys were when I listened to the story. I felt at the end that my experience with Agincourt will not end until I actually read the book.
A good listen with as much accuracy as you can expect in a work of fiction. Bernard Cornwells' effort pays off by placing characters that ignite emotion on a historic backdrop. We both get a good story and a only marginally fictionalized history lesson which he is careful to point out at the end of the book.
Cornwells' characters are compelling at once we care about the growth of some, hoping they will become the redeemed soul we know they should be, and wishing the most foul and horrible visitations on others for their evil deeds.
I enjoyed the narrator though I've not listened to him before to my recollection. His voice was very appropriate to the story.
The characters in this story came to life through their actions and how they moved the story along. The author developed the characters, then kept them in context with the story. The time period was a belligerant one - during the French - English war. I liked that the story was told in a historically correct manner. This is a love story, buried in a time when women were not valued - well, THAT is an understatement, so the love story that emerges provides a peaceful respite to the warring that is constant.
Nick saving himself and his future bride in Swason.
Father Christian. He saw the way of the world.
Really...if very explicit descriptions of killing and raping and pillaging bother you..be aware, this book leaves nothing to the imagination.
This book is not for wimps. It tells the story of a horrific battle, and while it is not gratuitously brutal, Cornwell does not candy-coat what life was like back then. We loved this book. My husband got his bow and arrows out when we finished reading it and started shooting again. Apparently, the story of archers inspired him? The characters are wonderful, and the story is well told.
This is a wonderful story, but I really dislike the musical interludes which were too loud and made it hard to hear the words. Also the narration was too slow, which made it hard to pay attention at times.
Really enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator was very good. Very exciting read the whole way through.