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.
No. It's a great novel. I'll probably read it before I listen to it again.
The only thing the narrator could have done better is be the original narrator: Jonathan Keeble. Please STOP changing narrators. Once you get used to a voice over the course of three novels, it is really hard to associate that character with another voice.
Especially in a book that told in the 1st person perspective.
the story is by far the most rewarding in the Last Kingdom series. However the audio book suffers from bland and lack luster delivery. This is especially disappointing after recently listening to Johnathan, who completely sells the books for me.
A great story continuing the "Saxon Series" ruined by the poor choice of narrator. Sellwood has emasculated Uhtred, reducing the grizzled, feared shield wall warrior of Keeble to a wimpy, petulant schoolboy. Should have heeded the reviews and read the print version.
I purchased the Last Kingdom with Audible and absolutely loved it. This prompted me to get the next book in the series, the Pale Horseman. It was narrated by the same person who was incredible. This persuaded me to get the Amazon Audible membership so I could have access to more books and most importantly continue with the wonderful Cornwell series. Unfortunately the narrator for this third book in the series is awful, and I mean it - really awful. I can't believe how bad he is and don't understand why the third book wasn't narrated by the person who did the first two. Since the previous Audio books I got were often narrated by the author this was a new experience for me and I'm really disappointed. A bad narration can change your whole appreciation of what is otherwise an excellently written story (hence the one star here - I could get bast 15minutes). I'll be asking for my money back...
I am enjoying the Saxon series and enjoy hearing further adventures of Uthred.
I am sure he would have been a good narrator for any other adventure series. However the only narrator that can really do justice to this series is Jonathan Keeble.
If you ever have the rest of the Saxon series narrated by Jonathan Keeble I am sure I will purchase them again. He is does an amazing job with this series.
This tale did not have equal the first and second books in this series, which was due to the tale itself or the narrator. There was not intrigue or suspense in the telling. I can not understand the reason for changing narrators mid series, when the narrator of the first two books received such high praise from listeners.
I liked the range of voices of this barrier for the supporting characters, but he wasn't right for the main character.
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