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.
I can't say enough good things about Cornwell's <i>Agincourt</i>. Incredibly well-researched, vividly descriptive of the harsh realities of medieval Europe, and stirringly narrated by Cornwell's prose and Keating's voice.
Yes, it's graphic. So was live in the 1400s. Deal with it. This book is to Agincourt what <i>Pillars of the Earth</i> was to cathedrals. I'm certain I will listen to this again and again.
This is a fascinating historical period and the book was interesting. However, the main character seemed to have little to no personality, which made the exciting events and battles far less interesting than they otherwise would have been. Also, the narrator did not do a good job of distinguishing between the "voices" of the different characters. Most of them ended up sounding like querulous old men.
I enjoyed this book, even with its great, long stretches of blow-by-blow battles. The characters were a little flat, though, and the narrator's voice characterization wasn't very broad -- everyone sounded like an old, crotchety man. Still I would recommend it to all but the most sheltered kids who might be put off by the rampant cursing. A great way to learn about English history.
This was an outstanding title and extremely well done. You can really get lost in the sweep of 15th century Europe and feel like you were there, besieging Hafleur and later standing in the mud at Agincourt. The mix of historical facts with the fictional storyline was very well weaved together by the author.
The narration was so exciting that I actually wondered if different people were playing different roles. This guy isn't a narrator, he is an Actor in the finest sense of the word.
I really enjoyed this. If you like history and fiction, this is an excellent book.