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Lana

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  • The Burning Land: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (226)

    In a clash of heroes,the kingdom is born.A t the end of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in ill health; his heir, an untested youth. His enemy, the Danes, having failed to conquer Wessex, now see their chance for victory. Led by the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair, the Viking hordes attack. But Uhtred, Alfred’s reluctant warlord, proves his worth, outwitting Harald and handing the Vikings one of their greatest defeats. For Uhtred, the sweetness of victory is soon overshadowed by tragedy.

    Lana says: "Wonderful Story! Wonderful Narrator!"
    "Wonderful Story! Wonderful Narrator!"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed this series so much that I have even bought the books directly from England and had them shipped to me so I wouldn't have to wait for the next installment! Uhtred of Bebbanburg is a wonderful, rough and rowdy character to view these tales through. These books have also drawn me to research the history that they are based on. I must say, I'm impressed with the quality of the historical accuracy and the overall texture of the stories.
    Trust me, if you like history in the slightest you will be engrossed in the writings of Bernard Cornwell. This books is yet another spectacular example of his fine skills as a storyteller.

    35 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • Lords of the North: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Tom Sellwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (200)

    The year is 878, and the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm.

    Thomas says: "Excellent historical fiction"
    "History and High Adventure!"
    Overall

    The reader does an exceptional job delineating characters through vocal inflection. There is also a coarseness to his voice and accent that adds a great deal to the story-telling.
    If you haven't ever read Bernard Cornwell, this series is an excellent way to get introduced to a fabulous writer, historian, and story-teller.
    In the past I've avoided books with battle scenes because I get lost in the minutia. Cornwell has a way of drawing you an in and imparting important story information while describing the battle. The nearest I can come to comparing his writing style is by comparing him to Louis L'Amour. They both incorporate historical fact and details into their fictional characters and stories.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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