Azincourt

Narrated by: Damien Goodwin
Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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An extraordinary and dramatic depiction of the legendary battle of Agincourt from the number one historical novelist Agincourt, fought on October 25th 1415, St Crispin's Day, is one of England’s best-known battles, in part through the brilliant depiction of it in Shakespeare's Henry V, in part because it was a brilliant and unexpected English victory and in part because it was the first battle won by the use of the longbow - a weapon developed by the English which enabled them to dominate the European battlefields for the rest of the century. Bernard Cornwell’s Azincourt is a vivid, breath taking and meticulously well-researched account of this momentous battle and its aftermath. From the varying viewpoints of nobles, peasants, archers, and horsemen, Azincourt skilfully brings to life the hours of relentless fighting, the desperation of an army crippled by disease and the exceptional bravery of the English soldiers.

©2012 Bernard Cornwell (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • 06-06-14

Entertaining

I didn't think I would get into the whole 14th Century thing, but this is a great story, with good characters and fantastic narration.

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A darker tone from Cornwell

Another take on the English archer by Cornwell, this story is a lot grimmer and sinister than his earlier Grail Quest series. The darker tone suits the historical events covered in the novel and the narration is very good.

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  • Simon
  • 09-09-15

Simply Stunning!

One of the seminal battles of British military history is the highlight of this masterpiece by Bernard Cornwell. Ignoring the cliched view that the archers won it on their own the actual battle is described in all its gory detail. The heady mix of the savagery of the times, the sheer bravery of the soldiery in the face of it and to no small extent the sheer ineptitude of command and organisation that were hallmarks of warfare at the time are all vividly described. Although there was much glory won on the field of battle it came at the end of a pretty ignominious campaign which Cornwell details in full without pulling any punches.

The joy of reading Cornwell's books is not just the grandiose set piece battles and action scenes but the way he weaves his knowledge of the minutiae of life in these far distant times into the books to educate without it ever feeling like anything but a story.

The presentation concludes with the views and thoughts of the author clarifying where and how he blurred the lines between fact and fiction as well as thoughts on further reading which many will appreciate.

Simply excellent and very well narrated.

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  • mr j m tattersall
  • 10-19-19

Truly magnificent novel<br />

What an excellent book.I couldn't put it down. The best listen I have experienced so far. This is one I shall listen to many more times.My thanks to the author, narrator and Audible for this truly excellent experience

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  • Simon Stroud
  • 09-06-19

Another epic from the master storyteller

Fantastically written against the backdrop of the Hundred Years’ War with France. Excellently read and capturing the emotions of combat, this is a must for all history fans!

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  • Heather Prince
  • 05-09-19

fantastic and gripping story

This book is beautifully written and leaves you on the edge of your seat. I love the combination of fact and fiction. Cornwell OS a genius

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  • Ms. S. J. McReynolds
  • 07-29-18

Goddam!

Good and historically authentic story spoiled by thin characterisation, a "bolt-on" love interest, and repetitive goddam language.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-12-18

A true master of the historical novel ...

Very well narrated and had me at a very big historical milestone in graphic detail....superb

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  • RFJ
  • 05-16-18

Edge of the seat

Bernard Cornwell is one of my favourite authors and this book is an exciting, human story of one of the greatest battles in English History

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  • Brizano
  • 05-06-18

How do they do it?

This tale is a melange of high adventure, believable characters and well researched historical events, plus of course a sprinkling of romance. Good guys, bad guys, beautiful women, blood gore and history... A great...er?...listen? 😁

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-18

true facts are what keeps me coming back

the true facts are the great keys to wanting to read More of these great story's by this great writer well read and even better written look forwards to reading even More

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  • kevin mackie
  • 10-04-17

Very Good audio.

a very well told story. you feel like you are viewing the battles with your own eyes. the narrator did a great job bringing it to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-22-19

Excelent as usual!

Loved this as i do all Cornwells books. The research and accuracy shows. Although i disagree with his view that the archers bodkins penetrated heat treated, hardened armour plate. It has been proven that it does not. That does not take away from the fact that this is a fantastic book and account of one of englands greatest victories over france.