The story was pretty good, but this is the third narrator so far. It is hard to imagine a viking warlord sounding like a British gentleman. So, now I'm left wondering if it is even worth continuing this series or not.
Just a sinner saved by grace
Yes - I enjoyed the story and the narrator was ok.
It is very descriptive just like the earlier books of the series. There was an allusion to something I never expected - if it is indeed true, then I am stunned and disappointed in the element of the storyline, but everything else was great.
No. The narrator's dynamics (in particular, his emotion) was not up to snuff. There was an event in this story which would have crushed Uhtred's heart (1st person narrative) - you never felt the anguish that should have been there.
Audio publishers - if you have a great narrator, commit the series to them. They know the books, the characters, and have established the listener's expectations. It's like book publishers changing the author of a long running series (Fleming, Ludlum, Clancy) - readers lose interest because it just isn't the same.
On minor quibble with the series so far is that different narrators pronounce names quite differently from each other and it can be confusing for a bit until you get used it.
The Saxon books are a wonderful read and so I am now listening to them through Audible. Thankfully John Lee reads only one of this series. His fast staccato style wasn't inductive to a relaxing listen. Perhaps he should have studied Frederick Davidson's amazing narrations.
Mr Cornwell is an excellent author
Uhtred inner struggle with serving the king he has given his oath and being obsessed with his birth right his uncle has stolen from him
He is just flat and monotone it's good the story is gripping and intriguing because he sucks the life out of the story
Uhtred just too pick his brain on battle plans and war strategy
Keep this series going Mr Cornwell
This is a fun book and well read. It isn't great literature, but its entertaining and gives some history of the times of King Alfred.
Like others have said, it's a great story, but the Narrator is not right for it. I wish Jonathan Keeble Narrated all the books in the series. None of the others have come close.