The continued development of the characters mainly Uhtred and King Alfred and the relationship between the two of them Alfred relied on Uhtred to keep his throne
When Alfred finally showed Uhtred the respect he has earned by awarding him land and title
This is the only thing that I found disappointing in this series the only narrative that was any good was Jamie Glover wish he did the complete series
Uhtred the man that spoiled the Danes conquering England
I love this app I have loved reading books for the past 15 year's recent medical problems have left me unable to do that anymore because of cronic migraines so keep bringing me all my favorite books on audible
Overall I enjoyed this book although it was not up to the high standards of Cornwell's other offerings in this series. Uhtred is still blood thirsty, violent and still loves the shield wall. I would recommend this series to anyone interested in good historical action.
The narration by Stephen Perring wasn’t horrible, it was just okay (at best). After some time I even grew used to it, but the way in which he pronounced certain places and names was more than a little off-putting. I much preferred the previous renditions in the series by Jamie Glover.
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.
This series has captivated me for many months now. each installment never fails to deliver surprising political and historical information. Despite this time period being very difficult to capture, this series continues to capture the ins and outs of Saxon rule. How fickle a kingdom really is and how religion has always had as big of hold on dictatorship as it has today.
Obviously don't start on this book, start at the first one, the last kingdom
Also! Read/ listen to the king Arthur series. By far my favorite.
love these books and have been following along for the whole trip. this performance did bother me a bit due to the performer using modern equivalent terms instead of the original saxon versions. city names mostly, also how he pronounced some of the characters names were entirely different to how they were in every other book. distracting at times and irritating at others. but other than that he does have a great voice for this, I just wish he had listened to the other books for a more congruent flow between books.
First off, the series is wonderful. Definitely read it. As for the audiobooks, they're hit or miss, but the misses are still worth listening to. Except this one. I get when you have to change narrators, but so far this series changes the narrator every book, sometimes going back to one and then dumping him again. Incredibly frustrating, especially because they pronounce important people's and places' names differently. But usually you can settle into it after a few chapters and at least be OK with the narrator. This guy mispronounces the most important, obvious, and often-repeated words: Utred's surname and home, like not even coming close to any logical pronunciation; Utred's closest friend. Both of these are words that other narrators deviated little on, just a twist of accent one way or another. This narrator's making entirely different names for these places seemingly out of his own imagination. I'm SO FRUSTRATED with this one.
The reader got too quiet at the end of phrases, some of the excellent story was lost. Pronunciation of proper names inconsistent with earlier stories in the series.
As usual Bernard Cornwell paints a vivid mental picture of the life and times of his fictional character, Uthred. Yes it has graphic violence, but I have no doubt of the violence of that time in British history .
Struggled through the narration, none of the character of other narrators. the change of Bebbanburg to Bamburgh was distracting and annoying.