Absolutely. Cornwell does his research, and I find the time period absolutely fascinating.
Yes - although I would not recommend this audio version because it is abridged.
Mellow. Deep. Intelligible.
As with all tales of Vikings, it inspired me to rape and pillage and build glorious ships. I am soon to invade Rhode Island.
Audible, please find a way for this entire series to be read by John Lee, and sold unabridged. Or the Vikings horde will invade.
The first of five novels that center on the life and times of Uhtred of Bebbanburg. I became an Saxon Chronicle addict after reading the first book. Within a short period of time all five books were bought and consumed as time would permit. Cornwell's style of writing appeals to me and I find his stories to be a thoroughly enjoyable distraction. Each story follows the last and each is full of blood thirsty action and adventure. What more can a man ask for?
All five books are available on audible and a sixth book, Death of Kings, is due to be released, in the US, January 2012.
If you have enjoyed the Saxon Chronicles you would also probably enjoy the Grail Quest trilogy by the same author.
I had read this book before, but then bought in through audible thinking I hadn't read it then realized when I started into it. I love the historical fiction of this period in history because my lineage is Danish/Swedish/Welch. It is gritty and violent, though, but I really love reading about the warrior character who has integrity, is strong, honest, and fights through the battles with faith in God taking care to be righteous. I have heard a lot about The Pale Horseman which is Cornwell's sequel to this book and I am looking forward to getting into that one, too.
Bernard Cornwell continues to paint a vivid picture and totally involve the reader in the book. I have rarely felt more like I was participating in the event he is describing. "The Last Kingdom" is one of his best. I will be hearing the rest of this second series.
The protagonist is interesting it is written from a first-person perspective so the hero is more complicated. Also the dialogue is good
At the top of my list in Historical Fiction
Travelling through the eyes of Euthred there is a gripping awareness of what life and death, poverty and priviledge, loyalty and betrayal, was really like during that tumultuous period of English hisitory.
As he opened doors on critical events and led us in alongside the characters, in an artful and subtle way, the intersity of his voice created a feeling of reality.
No extreme reaction just "a close up and personal feeling " of what it must have been like in a "shield wall".
The combination of Cornwall & Jamie Glover is irresistible.The only tiny glitch was an occasional mix up of Welsh, Irish and Cornish dialects
Let me just say that this is one of the best (if not the best) historical fiction books I have listened to. If you have any interest in British history, Vikings, or heck if you just like a good listen-- do yourself a favor and get this book. I finished it in 2 days -- an unheard of feat for me. I immediately got the second book in the series and I am having to hold myself back from listening to it. The narrator is awesome, the writing is wonderful -- well developed characters that you learn to care about. You feel like you are living it right along with the characters.
I was educated into oblivion but have overcome it and am having a wonderful life
Yes, so another could hear it also.
Uthred, after victory over Uber, holds Uber's twitching dying hand as he dies.
First time hearing this narrator -- easy to listen to and easy to hear every word. I like his voice.
Uthred's character is well developed as are they all.
I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
Great short story,This is a story about Uhtred the Saxon who was raised by the Vikings..He was taught the way of the sword and how to be a warrior.But the one thing he cant forget he and all his people are Saxon...Great book and better narrator..