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The Ill-Made Knight

Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
Series: Chivarly, Book 1
Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
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Summary

September 1356. Poitiers. The greatest knights of the age were ready to give battle. On the English side, Edward, the Black Prince, who'd earned his spurs at Crecy. On the French side, the King and his son, the Dauphin. With 12,000 knights. 

And then there is William Gold. A cook's boy who had once been branded as a thief. William dreams of being a knight, but in this savage new world of intrigue, betrayal and greed, first he must learn to survive. As rapacious English mercenaries plunder a country already ravaged by plague and the peasantry take violent revenge against the French knights who have failed to protect them, is chivalry any more than a boyish fantasy?

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Outstanding

Superb story, interestingly set in a “fireside” tale style. Plenty of detail for history buffs and a great tale woven into this too. Very good narration, I highly recommend this ripping tale.

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Brilliant listen

Downloaded this as a change to my normal, it’s been a brilliant listen! I’ve downloaded the rest of the series!!! Can’t wait to start listening to the next one!

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Well done!

Damned fine story and damned well read. Par Deui I enjoyed it. Look forward to getting the next ones.

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Snooze fest

tried as hard as i could.
I find the series boring, and the narration poor.
And silly me kept hoping it was building into an epic.
Unfortunately it was not.
Gave up on the third book.

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A 20 hour monologue

I finally got through this novel. I found it to be tedious and repetitive. I feel that the producers used the wrong narrator.

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Not for me

The story is a narration from start to finish, with the main character telling his life story to a man in a pub. I didn't like the way it was written, although others might. Some contradictions that annoyed me, one minute he is the smallest in the army next he is 6ft tall, which for those times would have been very tall. He is also 40 years old when telling the story and he keeps repeating that he is extremely old, 40 would have been past middle age for the time but it was no means old, lots of men were still fighting at this age and older in those days.

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  • chinakids
  • 20-09-18

Well worth your time

I learned an enormous amount about the Hundred Years' War. At the same time, it's a well-written, engaging story with a likeable hero who you start rooting for almost immediately. I am told that the descriptions of fighting are accurate. There are occasional slight irritations with narration - pauses that are a little too long, accents that don't seem to match the character as written (I'm thinking of Fiore) - but on the whole the narration is very well done.
It's pretty clear that most of Europe was a terrible mess during this time and that the gulf between the rich and poor was enormous. It also seems that there was some social mobility, although not clear how much.
Highly recommended, especially if you like adventure as well as history.

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  • Brandon
  • 20-06-19

Hooked

I thoroughly enjoyed this tale spun by Christian Cameron. A wonderful story with ups and downs and I enjoyed every point in it. Well told, in a perspective I found refreshing. If you love history I highly recommend this novel, Cameron does his research. I have pushed the rest of this series to the top of my reading list.

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  • Fred A. Mikat
  • 09-10-19

Cameron's best work - perhaps ever!

Masterful ability to create the times in your head and heart! truely a fine hand which sculpts his characters bringing their form to clarity as the book progresses. My favorite historical fiction author!

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  • Rick Hancox
  • 15-08-19

Narrator sounds like private Godfrey from

Dads Army reading Peter Rabbit. Cast all sound like retirement is just around the corner.

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  • Joe
  • 15-04-19

Good enough to finish, but just so.

The narrative jumps around a bit, and poor splices in the narration do not help.

The story and plot are fine, nothing special.

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