As this is the 6th book in the series I have tried to listen to it, but I am unable to succeed. Stephen Perring has no idea how to pronounce 95% of places or characters names. His reading is flat and boring. I find myself listening for 20 min and not knowing what I have heard, nor (after the 12th attempt) do I care. The only thing that draws me in is the discussing mispronunciation and then only long enough to be discussed by it. This narrator has killed the story and laid waste to the author's efforts.I will attempt the last two book of the series, but without the information in this segment.
If I could play editor I would get rid of Stephen Perring and use Jonathan Keeble. It is not the scenes that need cut, it is the narrator!
Books 1,2 & 4 were narrated by Jonathan Keeble, who does a superb reading. He brings the story to life with such intensity that you feel the sweat and clash of the shield wall, you can smell the salt spray of the ocean and feel the grip around your heart with the death of a friend.
Books 3 and 5 were narrated by Tom Sellwood and John Lee respectively. While they are not nearly as good as Jonathan Keeble, their readings are at least sufficient enough to listen to.
I don't understand how the author and/or publisher of audio books allow such mangling of a book. Do they not listen to a book after it is recorded???? Do they not care how a book is read???????? Stephen Perring is a narrator I will avoid like the plague.
Amazing story. It keeps getting better and better. Wonderful narration brings Uhtred to life. Will listen to over and over.
This is another great book in the series. There were many negative reviews about the narration. I was afraid I wouldn't enjoy it. It was different than some others but still excellent. Some pronunciations were different than found in other books but I had no problem following. This isn't my favorite narrator in the series, but he certainly isn't my least favorite either. You really don't want to miss this listen. It is excellent.
Absolutely, this series is amazing. I can't wait to read the next book as well as his other series.
The culmination before the ending.
I think Stephen Perring did excellent if I had listened to this book individually and not listened to all of the other books. The same reader read the first few books and they have had different readers for the last couple. Stephen's probably fell in the middle of the readers. I understand that it must be difficult to keep the reader consistent; however, I think the new reader should at least listen to one or two of the other books so that the pronunciations stay the same. In this book the characters names (including the city the main character is from) and several of the city names had different pronunciations.
I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction
Eagerly awaited and not disappointing. The narrator was great, and the story picked up and carried our favorite characters as well as the history forward. A definite five-star all around.
I would reccommend this to any thinking person with a mind for literary excellence and adventure as I have with the other stories in the series.
I would actually compare it to nothing. In it's genre (if it can be fit into a genre) it has no peer.
I was most fascinated with the battle scene at the ditch. It was graphic and riveting. My heart was beating rapidly. I wanted to stand with Uhtred and fight the Danes myself.
I would take Uhtred to dinner, as long as he doesn;t toss a leg of mutton at a foppish waiter.
No livimg person entertwines fact, fiction, history and character development better than Bernard Cornwell. John Grisham writes in the present and Patrick O'Brian was his peer,In today's world Cornwell stands alone.
I liked the story line, I love the way Cornwell draws you into historical events and give the reader a sense that he\she is there.
It seamed to be a different tone than the previous narrators. I didn't care for the way it was performed. I liked the previous readers.
Love listening to books.
The details by Cornwell are always phenomenal. However, the story just feels like more of the same. Uthred is once again manipulated (weakly) into doing the kings bidding while all his advisers say he is not trustworthy. Same basic plot complications.
Not at all.
I thought the characters were well done.
Sadly no. I really wish I could say otherwise, but I had to push my way to the end, just to discover all my predictions from very early on were on target. I don't like stories that I know the majority of the story - including the ending - in the first third of the book.
I found Mr. Perring's style to be so distracting that I wasn't really able to pay attention to the story. Other narrators of this series (John Lee and Jamie Glover) are fantastic. Read the book instead of listening to the audio.
Bernard Cornwell didn't fail. As always, this one takes you where nobody else could. My beef though is with the narration. Not with the narrator himself, who did quite a good job except for the fact that he says "Yuhtred" instead of the John Lee popularized "Ootred." My gripe is with the changing of place names. Cornwell uses the ancient names of English places/cities, but the narration chose to use the modern ones. I do not see any logical reasoning behind the change except that perhaps it affords easy pronunciation or that readers would have an immediate knowledge where the action is taking place. However, it is almost sacrilege to the author's research and effort. It also takes a huge chunk of the historical experience, what with ancient Saxons and Danes saying "London" instead of "Lundene." Hence the two-star performance.