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.
if you spend your time dreaming of sword fights, battle axes, tall and fierce warriors, and then more sword fights, ship burning, axes chopping off heads, and some more battles; you will be right at home in this book....
it just didn't hold my attention. probably the lack of character development and the lack of story...the narrator did a very good job.
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.
Great story and narration. I listen to houndreds of books and this series is in my top 5 for sure. The main character is a badass who is constantly in some sort of a battle or confrontation with either Danish Vikings or Christians with no mushy love stories getting in the way.
I had high hopes for this book, hoping it would be the first of a stream of novels I would delight in. Many days of enthralling entertainment awaited me. The Last Kingdom delivered abundant action and vivid descriptions of action battles, and events from an intriguing historical period. However it was thin in character development, and the absence of secondary plots was noticeable. The story leaps from one year to the next, missing clear opportunities to give detail and engage the reader. The focus is strictly on the action. It should please younger audiences, but falls short for those seeking insight into a forgotten world. Paradoxically, more of it is gleaned from reading Martin or Tolkien, but this is no Song of Fire and Ice, nor Lord of the Rings.
This was the best book - Cornwall has a way of writing that pulls a person back into the written time period. Excellent
Any one of his books...are great!
Jamie Glover has an awesome voice.
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Rather violent with graphic descriptions of battles, but obviously acceptable in the context. Very good transparent language resulting in excellent imagery. Very enjoyable listen, narration fitted change of mood etc. Historical detail very interesting. It's another good tale.