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!
This was an interesting story, but I found it rather slow. The build up took about 3/4 of the book, then it finally picked up for the last 4 hours of listening. I found the music a bit commical, it was added in 5-6 places throughout the story, but didn't really make sense or go along with the action of the story... "Someone is twiddling their thumbs" --insert dark war music-- The narrator was great, however I found it to be a difficult story to get into.
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.
Very entertaining way to learn about this historic battle. The characters are well developed and the story keeps you wanting more. My husband hasn't read a book in 10 years yet 15 minutes of listening to this and he was hooked. Loved it.
Excellent tale by Cornwell with accurate detail of the settings. Interesting characters that leave you wanting more. A great author...A wonderful book!! Highly recommend.
For me the first two thirds of the book was a little slow. The last third, however, was classic Cornwell and the battle details and descriptions were terrific. The ending more then makes up for the slow start.
Carefully researched and highly detailed fictionalized depiction of the battle at Agincourt. If you enjoy meticulously written battle scenes, and don't mind reading extremely descriptive details about the violence, blood, gore, filth, and the horrific smells of a battlefield, this is a good read. If you're offended by these things, stay away.
Assuming the fundamentals of the book to be factual, it provides a wealth of information about the politics, religion, and social structure of that time, which was fascinating.
Criticism would be the characters are wooden; even the main protagonist never engages.