I admit to being a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell. I have thorougly enjoyed every one of his books and they translate extremely well to the audible format. While it would be difficult for any series to displace his Authur trilogy as my all time favorite, this one comes close. Sadly that series is not available her but I purchased the unabridged cds some time ago and I return to it regualarly. This series is indeed a close second. If you are looking for well reseached, exciting historical fiction with sypathetic characters in interesting situations, look no further. My only regret is that the first two books of this series are only available in abridged form. Cornwell is meant to be enjoyed in full unabridged splender, which makes this last book a treat.
I also found the reading excellent. The abridged reader is a tough act to follow but once I recovered from the initial shock of the change, I was completely satisfied. I look forward to his addition to the other abridged versions (a not so small hit). Listen to this one and enjoy.
This is a well written story about the life of a Saxon/Danish warrior in the mid to late 8oo. The story has a good pace not to fast not to slow. It really did give a good account historically of what is was to be alive in that time and gave a very good layout of the social structure of the time without coming across as a history book. I wish I had read the two books that proceed this one (even though they were each only 5 hours in length). I will certainly look into the other series of books he has, (The Sharpe Series is one) although audible.com doesn’t have all the books that would complete these series which is a real pain in the you know what. Just a good listen.
This is a great story and following in what is become an excellent series. Cornwell's other series - Grail Quest is also very good. I downloaded this one in anticipation of continuing the enjoyment of the first two read by Jamie Glover (especially since it was unabridged), but was sadly disappointed to hear the reader chosen to follow the first two. His accent is pure 1870 London and completely distracts from the tone and feel of a story set in the late 800's when Dane and Saxon vied for control of England. The reader of the first two (which unfortunately were in abridged format, but great nevertheless) gave a feeling of being there in battle with Uthred - this time one has the feeling of being in a pub in London waiting for another round... :-)
I am in the process of downloading the abridged version of the book at the moment so that I can continue the story. That said, this is a great series and I HIGHLY recommend all of the Cornwell books, the Grail Quest and Saxon Shores series in particular.
I really liked the first book although this one is interesting there's so many confusing names you have to learn over again. I do not particularly like the change in narrator.
Had no trouble listening to all the voices.
This is a series.
An enjoyable yet predictable read. That said I really enjoyed when Uthred and Ragnar walked into the church. Reminiscent of the scene in gladiator where Russell Crowe first identifies himself to the Emperor.
I loved the first two books in this series, even though I don't normally listen to abridged books. So I was eager to finish the Pale Horseman and start the unabridged 3rd book in the series, Lords of the North. I'm about an hour into this book and the narrator is already driving me crazy. He is just awful. Pronouncing one syllable words as if they had four syllables, in explicable pauses in the middle of sentences for no apparent reason or effect. Incredibly bad acting. Every time he says
This is the 3rd book in Cornwell's "Saxon Series", all dealing with a fictional main character set in the time of Alfred the Great.
Cornwell does a fabulous job weaving a fictional story into true historical events and real-life characters.
I actually listened to the 5th book in this series first and have gone back listen to the first four books in order. I recommend taking them in order.
I am getting ready to start the last one - Book 4 -all of them have been terrific!
Unfortunately, books 1, 2 and 4 are abridged on Audible.
ABRIDGED audio books should be BANNED!! :)
I have enjoyed this series so much that I am going to either read the hardback of Book 4, or listen to the unabridged version on cassette (if i can find it - it is hard to find. I have not found it on CD or in digital format at all - I don't think it is out in those formats from what i can see)
Overall, both this book and the series are highly recommended!
P.S. I read that he is writing another book in this series as Book 5 certainly didn't conclude the saga. I can't wait!!
Agincourt was so much better than this book. I think Tom Sellwood tried his best, but an "older" voice would have helped this book, and it needed the help of a great narrator. I've got another BC book in my library already so I'm hoping this was a fluke.