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1356: A Novel | [Bernard Cornwell]

1356: A Novel

On September 19, 1356, a heavily outnumbered English army faced off against the French in the historic Battle of Poitiers. In 1356, Cornwell resurrects this dramatic and bloody struggle - one that would turn out to be the most decisive and improbable victory of the Hundred Years' War, a clash where the underdog English not only the captured the strategic site of Poitiers, but the French King John II as well.
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Publisher's Summary

Bernard Cornwell, the "master of martial fiction" (Booklist), brings Thomas of Hookton from the popular Grail Quest series into a new adventure in 1356, a thrilling stand-alone novel. On September 19, 1356, a heavily outnumbered English army faced off against the French in the historic Battle of Poitiers.

In 1356, Cornwell resurrects this dramatic and bloody struggle - one that would turn out to be the most decisive and improbable victory of the Hundred Years' War, a clash where the underdog English not only the captured the strategic site of Poitiers, but the French King John II as well.

In the vein of Cornwell's best-selling Agincourt, 1356 is an action-packed story of danger and conquest, rich with military strategy and remarkable characters - both villainous and heroic - transporting readers to the front lines of war while painting a vivid picture of courage, treachery, and combat.

©2012 Bernard Cornwell (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Mairyann Bradenton, FL, United States 02-25-13
    Mairyann Bradenton, FL, United States 02-25-13

    I listen to a book or two each month. Mostly fiction mysteries. Been avid book listener for over 20 years!

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    "Another Most Excellent Book from Cornwell!"
    If you could sum up 1356 in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    TMSOD Berkeley, CA United States 02-23-13
    TMSOD Berkeley, CA United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Not My Cup of Tea"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book is not an historical novel. It is absolute fiction. As fiction it is perhaps excellent. As history it is absolute b....


    If you’ve listened to books by Bernard Cornwell before, how does this one compare?

    Nope, never read or listened to another Bernard Cornwell book.


    What does Jack Hawkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I would seek more books read by Jack Hawkins, his presentation is excellent.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Well read, well written, total time waster.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Madison, SD, United States 02-04-13
    Vicki Madison, SD, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another Cornwell Hit"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, as with the other Cornwell books, he brings a period in world history to life in a most realistic way.


    What about Jack Hawkins’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance standing in place of all the characters in the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Bloody good.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Cornwell writes another soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Sandy Ridge, NC, United States 02-03-13
    Paul Sandy Ridge, NC, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Another great gallop through history"

    Bernard Cornwell brings us another romp though history that otherwise we would be oblivious to. His ability to mix entertainment with history is unique to just a few select authors. That is why I have never read nor heard a bad book by Bernard.

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    Gordon Arlington, TX, United States 01-30-13
    Gordon Arlington, TX, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another Great Novel from Cromwell"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Arjun Thornhill, ON, Canada 01-12-13
    Arjun Thornhill, ON, Canada 01-12-13 Member Since 2009

    I am a writer from Toronto. I am 34 and hooked on audio books.

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    "Don't waste a credit"

    This story is so boring and impossible to follow. I usually don;t write bad reviews, but this was terrible.

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    Hans Canada 03-12-13
    Hans Canada 03-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Uninteresting, not time authentic."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No idea!


    Has 1356 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No... generally...I love historical fiction!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jack Hawkins’s performances?

    Why not? There was nothing wrong with Jack Hawkins performance.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narration by Jack Hawkins was good.


    Any additional comments?

    The characters are too cliché. For the most part, they act and react as if taken from a 20th or 21st century setting. Cornwell attempts to be historically authentic by attaching medieval chivalry values to certain characters but he does not do so convincingly. These attempts at historical authenticity do not feel necessary for moving the story along. They are not integral enough to the novel and therefore feel like anachronistic afterthoughts. Besides, the plot is too simple. Lack of mystery makes the novel un-interesting. Quite simply... boring!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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