Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.
Instead he is discovered by the young King of England, Henry V himself, and by royal command he takes up the longbow again and dons the cross of Saint George. Hook returns to France as part of the superb army Henry leads in his quest to claim the French crown. But after the English campaign suffers devastating early losses, it becomes clear that Hook and his fellow archers are their king's last resort in a desperate fight against an enemy more daunting than they could ever have imagined.
One of the most dramatic victories in British history, the battle of Agincourt, immortalized by Shakespeare in Henry V, pitted undermanned and overwhelmed English forces against a French army determined to keep their crown out of Henry's hands. Here Bernard Cornwell resurrects the legend of the battle and the "band of brothers" who fought it on October 25, 1415.
An epic of redemption, Agincourt follows a commoner, a king, and a nation's entire army on an improbable mission to test the will of God and reclaim what is rightfully theirs. From the disasters at the siege of Harfleur to the horrors of the field of Agincourt, this exhilarating story of survival and slaughter is at once a brilliant work of history and a triumph of imagination Bernard Cornwell at his best.
©2009 Bernard Cornwell; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
"The greatest writer of historical adventures today." (Washington Post)
"Nobody in the world does this stuff better than Cornwell. (Lee Child, author of Nothing to Lose)
"Readers who haven't discovered Bernard Cornwell don't know what they are missing....He may well be the best historical novelist writing today -- and Agincourt may well be his best novel yet. (Vince Flynn, author of Extreme Measures)
This has been my latest book for fitness walking and it has been such a good listen, that I've often extended my walks to hear "a little more!" Good narration and some good sound effects. The history is fascinating.
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!
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