I listen to a book or two each month. Mostly fiction mysteries. Been avid book listener for over 20 years!
I love how the story builds and all the plots and sub plots come together. Plus it is fun learning about another time and place. Would recommend this to anyone that loves historical fiction. wonderful performance also by reader.
This book is not an historical novel. It is absolute fiction. As fiction it is perhaps excellent. As history it is absolute b....
Nope, never read or listened to another Bernard Cornwell book.
I would seek more books read by Jack Hawkins, his presentation is excellent.
OK, I would probably go see the movie as an adventure/ action film. As an accurate portrayal of history it would be a waste of time.
Well read, well written, total time waster.
I have always enjoyed Mr. Cornwell's books. I went through the Sharpe's series and wanted to tell him"more". I read all of those and was thoroughly pleased. I have some series I read and some on audible. I don't know why I purchased Agincourt and 1356 on audible but I couldn't be more pleased. Having a teen who thinks the most mundane is " awesome" I hesitate to use superlatives. The narrator made a wonderful story wonderous. If you enjoy Cornwell and historical fiction then this is well worth the listen.
Being drawn into the ambiance of 14th century war and intrigue.
The scene with Thomas, the fresco painter, the cardinal and the priest in the chapel was hilarious.
Almost just right
Hawkins is great, however he repeatedly irritates with a two of my pet peeves: the pronunciation of "all" as "auwlll" (it's amaziing how many words have that ending) and pronouncing the word, "vuLnerable" as "vuNNerable."
A very easy book to read. There is a lot action running thru out the story line.
Full of detail explaining how people lived in 1356..
the performance by Hawkins is well received
the period in which it takes place and the historical relevance of the time
this is my first, but not the last
Over the years I have grown to appreciate Cromwell's work and although this may not be his best effort it is still worth the cost of a token. Most of the characters are very well developed and he picks up a couple of new followers who could easily add interest in future episodes (hope). The action is at times gory but that period in history was quite barbaric.
I wasn’t sure of Jack Hawkins narration and it did take some time to get comfortable with. His Scottish accent is unforgivable but forgettable.
Overall this book is a pleasant distraction.
Better story. More context on the ongoing war, the English claim to the throne of France, and the Black Prince's total warfare raids which made him such a devil to the French
I was disappointed; no longer cared about the characters. The violence seemed formulaic, almost like Patricia Cornwell's has become.
I have read or listened to every book Bernard Cornwell has ever written, so as a big fan I was disappointed in this effort. It was almost as if he was mailing this effort in. Worth listening to only in the hope that there is another coming in the series.
If you like historical fiction, this is a must read. It tends towards the pulp novel at times but is still thoroughly enjoyable. The reader does a fine job of bringing the characters alive.
I really enjoy well researched historical fiction. I love non fiction too but the personalities that Cornwell writes are believable, the a gore is also classic of the period - but don't read it you dislike swearing and gore. These are not great literature and Cornwell certainly has a "typical" male and female characters which nearly all his books have, but someone this pulls one in as you can (hopefully) relate in the honor or at least nobleness of the characters outcome. Here we go to one of my favorite battles of the Hundred Year's war in Poiters, but getting there is loads of fun.
Enjoy, worth a listen.