An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
The vivid narration and descriptions by the author and Charles Keating the narrator. This story really came to life as an actual piece of history. My first thought on hearing this was
I have never read a book this graphic before, so can't compare it with a book. It's very similar to the movies like 300 or Troy, and the tv show Spartacus.
His characterizations of Sir Martin, (weasly villain) and Sir John Cornwell, (brave hero).
This is a well rounded story, a love story with Nick and Melisande, a soldier's story of ancient archers and a history of Henry V's greatest battle.
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.
Good story, great character building, very historically accurate. Must read, but warning: battle scenes are very graphic.
1st time audio book...... Perfect 1st "read"! Great Story, historicly sound, really enjoyed the narrator (I'm finding that the narration can sometimes bring a books expectations down) Loved this book!!
This book is well researched, full of historical minutiae and a satisfying plunge into the life and times of Henry V's superb English longbowmen. The character development is only briefly sketched and the characters themselves only serve to propel the action towards the final battle at Agincourt. But the narration is excellent and while the characters will not keep you engaged, what they do certainly will.
Not the sort of book I would normally pick up, but I fully enjoyed this story. Very engaging and detailed. Worth a credit and your listening time. This would make a good movie!
A great piece of storytelling, well written and well performed for the audiobook. The music that some reviewers have complained about is perfectly appropriate and only in places of natural pauses such as between chapters so it does not interfere at all, it actually enhances the story in my opinion.