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 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.
I really liked the first book although this one is interesting there's so many confusing names you have to learn over again. I do not particularly like the change in narrator.
Had no trouble listening to all the voices.
This is a series.
An enjoyable yet predictable read. That said I really enjoyed when Uthred and Ragnar walked into the church. Reminiscent of the scene in gladiator where Russell Crowe first identifies himself to the Emperor.
I loved the first two books in this series, even though I don't normally listen to abridged books. So I was eager to finish the Pale Horseman and start the unabridged 3rd book in the series, Lords of the North. I'm about an hour into this book and the narrator is already driving me crazy. He is just awful. Pronouncing one syllable words as if they had four syllables, in explicable pauses in the middle of sentences for no apparent reason or effect. Incredibly bad acting. Every time he says
This is the 3rd book in Cornwell's "Saxon Series", all dealing with a fictional main character set in the time of Alfred the Great.
Cornwell does a fabulous job weaving a fictional story into true historical events and real-life characters.
I actually listened to the 5th book in this series first and have gone back listen to the first four books in order. I recommend taking them in order.
I am getting ready to start the last one - Book 4 -all of them have been terrific!
Unfortunately, books 1, 2 and 4 are abridged on Audible.
ABRIDGED audio books should be BANNED!! :)
I have enjoyed this series so much that I am going to either read the hardback of Book 4, or listen to the unabridged version on cassette (if i can find it - it is hard to find. I have not found it on CD or in digital format at all - I don't think it is out in those formats from what i can see)
Overall, both this book and the series are highly recommended!
P.S. I read that he is writing another book in this series as Book 5 certainly didn't conclude the saga. I can't wait!!
Agincourt was so much better than this book. I think Tom Sellwood tried his best, but an "older" voice would have helped this book, and it needed the help of a great narrator. I've got another BC book in my library already so I'm hoping this was a fluke.
The story is fine, series is great, Narrator choice is awful
The Narrator is Scottish, playing a Saxon/Dane and he does really god awful charicature sing songy Swedish accents for some of the characters that make this almost unlistenable.I normally hate abridged books but I returned this and got the ABR version just to hear a better narrator
The history is great.
I already have the next 2 installments
OK, not great
Wait for the sequel
This was a disappointment after the first two installments -- both in story line and narration.
As much as I want to hear the story, the delivery is frustrating.
I loved the first two books in the series, but they had a different narrator.
He keeps trying to give the Danish characters their own unique voices, and uses some fakey Minnesota accent. I can't take the story as a serious novel. It sounds like some sort of spoof. I wish people who are supposed to read these books would just do that...read! When I read to myself I dont give out phoney accents in my mind, so when I pay somebody to read to me that's what I expect.
Yeah. Make this series available in unabridged form. I notice the difference. Have Jamie Glover provide the narration. He did well with the first two abridged versions.
The story is good, and I loved the first two books. Unfortunately for this audio version they chose a new voice actor. He may be great for other books for Lords of the North he's awful. All priests sound like Monty Python parodies and the Danish King sound like an fawning effeminate danish smurf. The main character sounds like an emo. I barely got through the book and will be buying the print version to erase these characterizations from my mind.
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