Tom Sellwood has absolutely NO business narrating this series PERIOD!!! He is very well spoken but utterly lacks the deep, raw, throaty, strong, authoritative, passionate, GRITTY & MASCULINE voice necessary to convincingly portray a 9th century Viking Warlord and the battle hardened men around him!!!!! His voice/voices is/are shamefully weak and his portrayal is truly nothing shy of disastrously flat and impotent. Thoroughly and totally disappointed after having started the first two books in the series read by the amazingly talented and powerful John Keebles, whose voice is the PERFECTION for this series!! But for whatever horrible reason the John Keebles version from book 3 and on are not available in the U.S. to purchase so I had been forced to settle for the awful Sellwood version to continue Uhtrid's mighty tale... Dear god I beg you please fix this awful mess and give us Keebles versions right this moment!!! And my money back for the god awful version I just muscled my way through!!! Please help!!!
The narrator of the first two books was a lot better. The story was as gripping as the other books in the series, however, the change of narrator spoilt it for me.
The author needs to keep the same reader from the first 2 books. It is very distracting to have another Utred voice. Especially one much less masculine.
since i have mirgrains now i have to listen to books it was a wonderful book the twist and turns thr betrayal
when utread became a slave
you actually get a voice so you dont have to wonder what words are in there natural dielict
the danes battle to concure england
love this series of novels i hope bernard keeps writing them
I was educated into oblivion but have overcome it and am having a wonderful life
For over a year I've looked for books on western culture about England, Scandinavia, the movement of people, what it was like, and what character of people shaped our history. I've listened to so many books and then I found Cornwell's series. This is the best of this series so far... however, I think that same thing at the end of each book.
Uhtred's rumination on Alfred's character and the "aha" moment as he credited Alfred worthy of honoring because Alfred was under the authority of a God who demanded the best of him and who demanded that he always strive to become a better person.
Gisela is my favorite. She is strong, knows what she wants, and what a gutsy, stealthy thing she did in shadowing along to conquer the fortress -- unbeknownst to Uhtred. She knew Uhtred would return against all odds.
Uhtred has an ironic side that equals Guthred's sweet side.
I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
Uhtred finds himself back in the fold again in book three.. The bad part is he never sees it coming.To be betrayed by a trusted friend is the worst kind of betrayal but you cant keep Utred down.For two years he is a slave and then you see what kind of warrior Uhtred is.NEVER GIVE UP UHTRED...
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
The only main reason I would wait a bit longer is to see if audible 1. gets all the series unabridged & close to one narrator... otherwise, the series so far, at Book 6 is ridiculously good if u are into strong medieval war, early Lord/Knight 'dark ages' after the Roman Empire...
I don't think I have to add anything for anyone who already knows his style of historical fiction . Ultred continues his 'blood feud' with the narration of John Lee, that gives it +'s over. I love the analogy of Tee 'nailed god' as it was described at the time compared to Odin, Ragnarock, Valhalla, & Thor left religious theology.
This is the first Cornwell book I've listened to. I loved books 1 and 2 in print. Tom Sellwood's narration is incredibly well done. The accents he uses really bring life to the characters. My only disappointments were to learn that book 4 is not on Audible and that Tom Sellwood is not narrating any other books in the series.
This is a fantastic epic story. Tom Sellwood really makes the story come to life. I only wish he narrated the whole series and that it was all available unabridged. I would gladly pay for it.