I have only listened to the first couple of chapters and I was surprised at the amount of language used in the story. I doubt the language is historically accurate and is probably added for effect for modern day readers. I find it detracts from the story for me. The second problem is that this is a very seedy view of medieval life with graphic descriptions of violence and sex. Even though it is my first time listening to one of Cornwells books, I did not expect this is a historical fiction. Other buyers should be aware of this in case they don't enjoy these elements.
Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.
This book is almost like being there. The prelude to the battle - which is, of course, fiction - is wonderful. Great read.
I've been a fan of Bernard Cornwell for a few years now, and I can say that if more high school history teachers could learn to make history as interesting as Mr. Cornwell does, then I dare say that history would not be the bane of so many high school students.
This book was able to bring a part of European history to life and show us the daily perils that the average person had to endure:hunger, disease, death at the hands of outlaws or by a church that put itself above all. And in the midst of it, this utter chaos, there were people willing to stand and deliver for what they beileve in.
This is my first Cornwell book. I thought character development was lacking. Hook was a weak character. Not much going on with him. I love Gabaldon's work and Follett's Pillars and World without end but I wouldn't put this in their league. I will try another Cornwell book but if the characters are this shallow I probably will not continue.
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.
This book is so graphic in its violence that it turned my stomach to the point of disgust. I forced myself to attempt to listen till it got so bad I gave in and stopped listening - I hate not finishing books, but this one was beyond painful. The story was tedious and the characters, for the most part, were unlikeable. Even the main character was unlikeable! Not a good formula for my listening pleasure. This is definitely a book for men and I percieve very few women liking this book...Yuck!
I started listening to this book an the language was just repelling. I couldn't get past the first 30 minutes. Yes, I know people talk/talked like that, but it certainly doesn't mean I need to listen to it.
This is my first book by this author and I am very happy with it. The story is fascinating. The narration is the best I've heard in any audio book. I ride a motorcycle to commute betweek 3-4 hours a day and this book has made the time fly.
It is an extreme rarity that I fail to finish listening to a book. I did not finish this one.