Incredible narration of an incredible work of fiction. My first Cornwell novel and it won't be my last. Charles Keating is magnificient! I couldn't stop listening to Agincourt. While listening I became Nicholas Hook on his incredible journey and was sorry to reach the end of the book.
Listening to Audible while traveling to university and back on the bus, has become a habit. While enjoying Charles Keating's lively narration, I hated to come to my stop. Most of all, on the return home, I kept listening even tho' I had stepped out of history and through my door.
Having read several accounts of the story, and have seen several teleplays on the subject, this version by Bernard Cornwell was one of the most enjoyable.
I spent so much time with Mr. Keating, I would wake up hearing his voice in the night. Truly a memorable listen.
The narrator is absolutely phenomenal. He has perfect inflection to keep you in suspense as the story moves on and does great imitations of each character's voice so you're never in doubt who's speaking.
Bernard Cornwell is, and has always been one of my favorite authors, and I have either listened to, or read (or both) every one of his novels to date.
I found this particular book to be average; good but not great. I had highly anticipated listening to this book since I was faced with a 12-hour road trip, and with certain Audible books, time can just fly by.
I never quite connected with the main character, Nicolas Hook, which is odd since building a dynamic, flawed, but honorable charactor is typically one of Cornwell's primary strengths.
I found the aspect of religeous paranormal Saints, speaking to Hook's mind to be very strange, and I think distracted from the overall story.
I did enjoy the Sir John Cornwell character, and I wish he was the main charactor instead of Nick Hook. This character helped salvage the book in my opinion, and added a little levity to what is another hallmark of Cornwell novels, gruesome battle scenes, which are realistic, but not for the faint of heart.
It's certainly worth a credit, just don't expect it to be in the same league as Cornwell's Richard Sharpe Series. If you are new to this author, I would highly recommend that you start there.
I had heard of the battle of Agincourt before purchasing this book but had forgotten it. Basically this is a story of Nick Hook, one of the fictional archers in the battle. A mix of real history and fiction. The book is good and the battles bloody. The narrator is excellent and I cannot imagine anyone better suited for this book. It is very graphic though and not for the tender hearted. They lived stinky, nasty, bloody lives back then. Also if you are a devout believer in God, you may not be after listening to this book. It points out the hypocrisy in religion chapter after chapter. This book will leave any thinking man an agnostic at the least. I would still recommend this book to someone that wants a good listen and can stand the language.
This book is so well written and so well read that I am almost at a loss for words. The characters are throughly believable and so interestingly written that even though I knew the story of the Battle of Agincourt I found it hard to stop listening to the book. And, what is almost a first for me, I found myself listening to some parts of the book again after I finished it.
It is bloody, but this is the 15th century. The tale of Soissons is so well told that I felt myself almost crying for the people involved. And I ended up liking not only the heroes and heroines, but the "bad" French nobleman. What a book! Too bad it is not the first part of some trilogy.
Buy, listen and enjoy!!!
I was totally immersed in Agincourt. I love historical fiction, but for some reason, the titles of this author's books haven't appealed to me, and I had not read any of them. This book, along with the narration, kept me completely immersed in the story. The characters are engaging, the historical detail is superb, without being burdensome, the action is sharp and nearly non-stop, and the story is engaging. This is my new favorite author, and this narrator is perfect for this book. Agincourt is well worth the money and the time. I was so tense, at times, that I had to stop listening in the car. This book is "educational" and, best of all, fun.
I like Cornwell's Sharpe series so I decided to try Agincourt. It was a lot like a Sharpe book, and I liked it quite a bit. The description of the battle of Agincourt was really well done. If have read/listened to a lot of Cornwell books, it can be a little formulaic at times.
The warfare was very graphically described. If you can take frequent, detailed descriptions of crushed skulls and the like (I got weary of it but I guess there WERE thousands of deaths, after all) the story is GREAT.
There are personal, fictional stories that come to thrilling conclusions at the very end of the battle and Mr. Cornwell has done extensive research to try and portray what really made the difference in this battle from 600 years ago. I couldn't turn this one off and brought it out of the car and into the house to keep the story going!
Thoroughly entertaining and well read. The author does a credible job in offering the the reader a notion of military practices and the attendant social conditions surrounding one point in time during the dynastic conflict that was the Hundred Years War. Good fare for an audio book when one is driving or exercising. It keeps one absorbed without demanding too much of the listener. Of particular interest is the review of source material in the epilogue - all good references for the historically inclined...