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.
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 good story well narrated by the same person, John Lee, that narrated Pillars of the Earth. This book is not as good as Pillars but no book is. I still gave it five stars because I listened to it all night and did not sleep at all. I usually drift off after an hour or so but this story interested me. A lot like Agincourt with much fighting, blood and gore. Of course religion is causing war and misery in the tenth century, just like today. Women aren't treated kindly either, but I don't believe this book is targeting women. All in all I believe it is worth a credit to the gladiator crowd.
I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
No matter how much Uhtred screws up he always wins the hearts of the Saxons. In the Burning Land Uhtred leaves the side of King Alfred and joins his brother Ragnar in a attempt to invaid Wessex but Uhtred's oath comes back to haunt him again... This time its Alfreds daughter Athelflaed and she is the only thing that can make Uhtred come back to Wessex. When Uhtred comes back he nows the Deans are on the way to invaid Mercia but it take the Lord of all War Lords to find them off... Just another day to Uhtred... one of the best Bernard Cornwell has wrote and John Lee kills it spot on and i wish he read more of Cornwell's books..
Choose your audiobook by the narrator with best being Guidall, Tull, Case/Davidson, Muller, Lee, Franklyn-Robbins, Dotrice, (no Brick)
I'm reading these more out of compulsion than true appreciation. Still the book has it's merits. I prefer a series read consistently by the same narrator and John Lee would have been great for this series.
So before listening to this book, I had listened to The Empty Throne narrated by Matt Bates, whom I instantly fell in love with. I found John Lee's pacing to be rather quick, in that it often sounded like he was in a hurry. Inner monologues and even dialogues at times seemed to run together. I always appreciate a narrator giving unique voices to the characters and John does that well, but there were times when he would change voices mid-character and it was somewhat confusing. The story, as all of Cornwell's I've digested so far, is very enjoyable. It's beautifully written, well paced, and never wanting.
This book was ruined by a too fast recording for my
ANDROID. Audible needs to offer better control of
playback. The playback speeds offered are not adequate. ......half speed .5 was was too slow.
The story begins to feel repetitive. There are high points which were quite enjoyable. This book was less compelling for me than the ones which come before it. I do plan to continue listening to the series. The time covered in the main character's life is an in between time. Uncertainty prevails for him and he finds himself caught and pressed by circumstance and fate where he was not sure he wished to be. Though this narrator does a good job, he is not nearly as good as Jonathan Keeble at bringing the characters to life. The change of narrators came at a bad time in the series: I found myself confused by differing pronunciations of names and places as well as interpretation of character's voice; that added to the sense of frustration we go through with Lord Utred. This narrator is WAY better than the fellow who did book 3. He is good. Just not nearly as good a voice for Utred as Keeble was.
Another fantastic addition to this wonderful series! If you love historical action series, this is the series for you!