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)
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. Bernard Cornwell is an excellent writer. He is a dedicated researcher and is an excellent writer of battles. I would recommend this book very highly. My wife read the first book of this series and loved it.
I admit to being a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell. I have thorougly enjoyed every one of his books and they translate extremely well to the audible format. While it would be difficult for any series to displace his Authur trilogy as my all time favorite, this one comes close. Sadly that series is not available her but I purchased the unabridged cds some time ago and I return to it regualarly. This series is indeed a close second. If you are looking for well reseached, exciting historical fiction with sypathetic characters in interesting situations, look no further. My only regret is that the first two books of this series are only available in abridged form. Cornwell is meant to be enjoyed in full unabridged splender, which makes this last book a treat.
I also found the reading excellent. The abridged reader is a tough act to follow but once I recovered from the initial shock of the change, I was completely satisfied. I look forward to his addition to the other abridged versions (a not so small hit). Listen to this one and enjoy.
This is a well written story about the life of a Saxon/Danish warrior in the mid to late 8oo. The story has a good pace not to fast not to slow. It really did give a good account historically of what is was to be alive in that time and gave a very good layout of the social structure of the time without coming across as a history book. I wish I had read the two books that proceed this one (even though they were each only 5 hours in length). I will certainly look into the other series of books he has, (The Sharpe Series is one) although audible.com doesn’t have all the books that would complete these series which is a real pain in the you know what. Just a good listen.
This is a great story and following in what is become an excellent series. Cornwell's other series - Grail Quest is also very good. I downloaded this one in anticipation of continuing the enjoyment of the first two read by Jamie Glover (especially since it was unabridged), but was sadly disappointed to hear the reader chosen to follow the first two. His accent is pure 1870 London and completely distracts from the tone and feel of a story set in the late 800's when Dane and Saxon vied for control of England. The reader of the first two (which unfortunately were in abridged format, but great nevertheless) gave a feeling of being there in battle with Uthred - this time one has the feeling of being in a pub in London waiting for another round... :-)
I am in the process of downloading the abridged version of the book at the moment so that I can continue the story. That said, this is a great series and I HIGHLY recommend all of the Cornwell books, the Grail Quest and Saxon Shores series in particular.
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...
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” ― Stephen R. Covey
I'd gotten used to the calm British tones of Jamie Glover in the previous book, The Pale Horseman, but was into the series enough that I decided to buy the unabridged version for Lords of the North.
Tom Sellwood is captivating as the narrator here, but makes some odd choices giving the book's characters different voices. The hero Uhtred's dialog, for instance, often sounds just petulant and childish instead of brave and confident.
But the book REALLY suffers when the slave king Guthred enters the narrative.He's supposed to be an enjoyable comic relief character -- Cornwell's narrative takes pains to point out how likable and charismatic he is -- but Sellwood voices him like the Muppets' Swedish Chef and Borat had a child. I wish I was exaggerating. It's off-putting enough, and Guthred is central enough to the story, that I'm having trouble getting through it.
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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