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Lords of the North Audiobook

Lords of the North: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 3

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.
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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.

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.

Ready for battle? Don't miss the rest of the Saxon Chronicles Series, including The Last Kingdom (Book 1), The Pale Horseman (Book 2), and Sword Song (Book 4).

©2007 by Bernard Cornwell; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Cornwell...breathes life into ancient history with disarming ease, peppering it with humor and even innocence." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Thomas West Nyack, NY, USA 07-03-07
    Thomas West Nyack, NY, USA 07-03-07
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    "Excellent historical fiction"

    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.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Bellflower, CA, USA 05-24-09
    Frank Bellflower, CA, USA 05-24-09
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    "Perfection"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andre Freire Sao Paulo 06-29-15
    Andre Freire Sao Paulo 06-29-15
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    "Very good"

    Excellent book, excellent performance :-)
    I prefer Johnatan Kibble (I got used to his voice in the first novels), but Tom is a great voice also.

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    Edward 06-14-14
    Edward 06-14-14
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    "betrayal and revenge is a dish best served cold"
    What made the experience of listening to Lords of the North the most enjoyable?

    since i have mirgrains now i have to listen to books it was a wonderful book the twist and turns thr betrayal


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lords of the North?

    when utread became a slave


    What does Tom Sellwood bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    you actually get a voice so you dont have to wonder what words are in there natural dielict


    If you could rename Lords of the North, what would you call it?

    the danes battle to concure england


    Any additional comments?

    love this series of novels i hope bernard keeps writing them

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 04-07-14
    Sandra 04-07-14 Member Since 2012

    I was educated into oblivion but have overcome and am having a wonderful life

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    "I didn't know I liked war?"
    Where does Lords of the North rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lords of the North?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Sellwood – was your favorite?

    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.


    If you could take any character from Lords of the North out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Uhtred has an ironic side that equals Guthred's sweet side.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adeline Hours Kill Devil Hills, NC USA 01-20-14
    Adeline Hours Kill Devil Hills, NC USA 01-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "My favorite performance on Audible..."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lords of the North?

    The events that unfold after Uhtred rescues Gutred.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Sellwood’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Arseling


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 09-13-13
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2015

    I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "Another great story!!!!"

    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...

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    G.Monie Bethpage, NY, United States 06-21-13
    G.Monie Bethpage, NY, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2016

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    "The Best series B. Cronwell wrote in my Opinion"

    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.

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    Ken 10-16-12
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    "Fantastic narration for a Fantastic book"

    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.

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    John WALCOTT, IA, United States 11-19-11
    John WALCOTT, IA, United States 11-19-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Wish they were all unabridged!"

    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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