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.
I just achieved App Scholar!! 1000 hours in 1 yr 7 mo and 10 days!!! 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..
This book is very accessible historical fiction, with plenty of action, well-developed characters, and thought-provoking themes. It's both intelligent and at the same time exciting. The style and tone remind me a lot of the better-written fantasy books I've read, except it's based in real history and there is just about no supernatural stuff going on.
My favorite character is the main character, Uhtred. He is shrewd and practical, yet has his own, consisten principles. He's complex yet relatable.
Glover's voicing for individual characters is great. They are distinct, and seem highly appropriate to the way the characters are written.
I love historical fiction and after reading this I went online and looked up King Alfred. He did exist and the book follows the history perfectly. I've now read Book 2 and am finishing up Book 3. Just love them!
Bernard Cornwell excels at showing us English and Saxon history through the eyes of a young man. Battles, friendships, traveling and living were shown and made an exciting story to hear.
I will want to hear more books by Cornwell.
If you're new to the history of the Middle Ages, this book provides a great introduction to the Vikings and their massive influence upon the development of England. Bernard Cornwell writes great historical fiction that focuses on the growth of several key characters, and during the telling of the tale, incorporates the greater aspects of cultural development and the impact of population shifts during that era. He weaves the importance of both religious and economic factors into the story line and educates the listener to the great influence that these warrior people from the North played upon the history of England. The warring scenes gets a bit tedious at times, but are appropriate given the history of the Viking warriors.
Jamie Glover is a fine narrator with satisfactory inflection and accents. The story is not overly long, so the audiobook is priced fairly. As this is the first in a series by Cornwell, I'm looking forward to hearing more.