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.
I love Cornwell's books. This one, however, left me cold. I couldn't finish. To me, the book lacked direction. I didn't know the big picture and wish Cornwell had integrated that into the story at the beginning.
Exciting, imaginative, historical
The Archer's Tale, Heretic and Excalibur
Good solid performance but a little too excited
Thomas- a down to earth hero, doesn't like war although he may be addicted to it.
This is an excellent historical novel weaving history in with imaginative fiction. The Hundred Years War is a fascinating period with deep historical consequences. Cornwell reproduces much of what makes his novels work. The sympathetic characters are well fleshed out as is the human story while the din of battle is gripping in all its brutal detail. His villains are deliciously malicious and the mythical elements towering. It is a fine read.
Kent a fun loving geek
I loved the arc of the story. I found the historical references to make it all that much richer. the depth of the characters has increased and made it far more enjoyable to savor. if you like historical dramas this is an excellent choice. As for the narration - enjoyed him immensely his inflections were easy to understand and help to get you into the characters heads. One minor detail was it appeared to sound as though he might have had a cold during some of the reading. one thing that would have made this book even better was to have included a map in the audiobook graphic.
I originally listened to this book as a stand-alone novel. I re-listened after finishing the Grail Quest trilogy. It was much better in context with the other three.
This narrator was not nearly as good as the narrator for the original trilogy. It would have been nice to keep the original narrator with this sequel.
I am addicted to Cornwell and his wonderful way of illustrating history. i never thought I'd enjoy battles and fighting. However, Jack Hawkins, the narrator, mumbled his way through in a hasty montone that often had me drifting away, even during exciting moments. Also, the accents he gave characters were too thick. It's hard to listen or understand dialog that way. Accents should only be a flavor of the real thing. He ruined an otherwise exciting story.
The narrator did a superb job and really added an extra layer to the story.
Mr Cornwell is the master of historical fiction of this period in my opinion. It is well researched and has a fascinating story line.
He has a voice that is very easy to listen to and you don't find yourself judging his voices of different characters.
I don't know... given the types of people they are a night out that included a few drinks may end up in a deadly alehouse brawl.
It was a great story in a great series, But in the end it felt like the author was rushing to the conclusion. There were major characters that you were wondering about from the previous series that were explained away in a rather lackluster way and while the climatic battle was very exciting the "ride of into the sunset moment to end the series was lackluster. the last encounter with the main antagonist was very bland and major characters went away with just a few sentences that brusquely dismissed them. Perhapes there is more to come from Thomas of Hookton which would make my day, but the book reads like it is the finale and there is no mention of the fate of the heros after the end of the battle.