Uhtred arrives in the north to discover rebellion, chaos, and fear. His only ally is Hild, a West Saxon nun fleeing her calling, and his best hope is his sword. Needing other allies, he chooses Guthred, a seemingly deluded slave who believes he is a king. Together they cross the Pennines to where a desperate alliance of fanatical Christians and beleaguered Danes form a new army to confront the terrible Viking lords who rule Northumbria. Instead of victory, Uhtred finds betrayal. But he also discovers love and redemption as he is forced to turn once again to his reluctant ally, Alfred the Great.
A breathtaking adventure, Lords of the North is also the story of the creation of modern England, as the English and Danes gradually become one people, adopting each other's languages and fighting side by side.
©2007 by Bernard Cornwell; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
"Cornwell...breathes life into ancient history with disarming ease, peppering it with humor and even innocence." (Publishers Weekly)
This is one of the best adventure/historical fiction novels I have come across. A reputation shared by many of Mr. Cornwell's stories.
In addition, the reading is second to none. I can not emphasize this enough. The reader is 100% spot on for the characters, and particularly the main character. There are always those who will criticize accents, but for the average listener, they reflect the characters and a pleasure to listen to.
I see the reader (his name escapes me now) has very few credits to his name. I can only hope that the rest of this series goes to audiobook (Unabridged, do you hear me! Unabridged) with him at the microphone. I will buy every one.
Cornwell does it again. The Saxon Stories are a great addition to his long list of masterpieces. As usual, he pulls no punches. This is gritty, bloody reality in 9th century England. You will not be disappointed.
since i have mirgrains now i have to listen to books it was a wonderful book the twist and turns thr betrayal
when utread became a slave
you actually get a voice so you dont have to wonder what words are in there natural dielict
the danes battle to concure england
love this series of novels i hope bernard keeps writing them
I was educated into oblivion but have overcome and am having a wonderful life
For over a year I've looked for books on western culture about England, Scandinavia, the movement of people, what it was like, and what character of people shaped our history. I've listened to so many books and then I found Cornwell's series. This is the best of this series so far... however, I think that same thing at the end of each book.
Uhtred's rumination on Alfred's character and the "aha" moment as he credited Alfred worthy of honoring because Alfred was under the authority of a God who demanded the best of him and who demanded that he always strive to become a better person.
Gisela is my favorite. She is strong, knows what she wants, and what a gutsy, stealthy thing she did in shadowing along to conquer the fortress -- unbeknownst to Uhtred. She knew Uhtred would return against all odds.
Uhtred has an ironic side that equals Guthred's sweet side.
The events that unfold after Uhtred rescues Gutred.
Bring back Tom Sellwood! I chose to download the rest of the Saxon Series on my Nook so I could keep his voice in my head. If Tom had narrated the rest of the series, I would have devoured credits to keep the story rolling.
1.) Please be consistent with narrators in series. When a narrator becomes the character in my mind, I don't want to hear some other guy drone on... it ruins the story for me.
2.) Hire Tom Sellwood to finish the series Unabridged.
3.) Complete the series as Unabridged.
I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
Uhtred finds himself back in the fold again in book three.. The bad part is he never sees it coming.To be betrayed by a trusted friend is the worst kind of betrayal but you cant keep Utred down.For two years he is a slave and then you see what kind of warrior Uhtred is.NEVER GIVE UP UHTRED...
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
The only main reason I would wait a bit longer is to see if audible 1. gets all the series unabridged & close to one narrator... otherwise, the series so far, at Book 6 is ridiculously good if u are into strong medieval war, early Lord/Knight 'dark ages' after the Roman Empire...
I don't think I have to add anything for anyone who already knows his style of historical fiction . Ultred continues his 'blood feud' with the narration of John Lee, that gives it +'s over. I love the analogy of Tee 'nailed god' as it was described at the time compared to Odin, Ragnarock, Valhalla, & Thor left religious theology.
This is the first Cornwell book I've listened to. I loved books 1 and 2 in print. Tom Sellwood's narration is incredibly well done. The accents he uses really bring life to the characters. My only disappointments were to learn that book 4 is not on Audible and that Tom Sellwood is not narrating any other books in the series.
This is a fantastic epic story. Tom Sellwood really makes the story come to life. I only wish he narrated the whole series and that it was all available unabridged. I would gladly pay for it.
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