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Lords of the North Audiobook

Lords of the North: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 3

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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 Deerfield, NH, USA 07-09-10
    Thomas Deerfield, NH, USA 07-09-10
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    "Excellent book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    WILLIAM CANTERBURY, NH, United States 11-02-07
    WILLIAM CANTERBURY, NH, United States 11-02-07 Member Since 2014

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    "Another Cornwell Winner"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark LITLLE COMPTON, RI, USA 09-19-07
    Mark LITLLE COMPTON, RI, USA 09-19-07
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    "History in a action packed story"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mm Alaska 09-22-07
    mm Alaska 09-22-07 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic Story, find a new reader..."

    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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy 09-21-16
    Wendy 09-21-16 Member Since 2011
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    "excellent read"

    his writings always keep me thoroughly entertained . I find it hard to quit listening to his story until it's finished

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    06rdk 09-08-16
    06rdk 09-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Decent story but least favorite so far"

    Story takes an abrupt change of scene which was good and bad. Story was decent. it was good to see Utred humbled, at least for a free chapters anyway. Wished they would have kept the same narrator as the prior books though.

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    Sue 09-05-16
    Sue 09-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The third one is the charm"
    Where does Lords of the North rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not that high.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the title character the best as the story is about him,


    Did Tom Sellwood do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Did not care for him at all. I wanted to continue the story and that is the only reason why I listened to it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the story line and want to know what happens I would listen but I really didn't like the narration.

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    Dewayne Walker 08-26-16 Member Since 2011
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    "They need to stop changing the narrator"
    Would you listen to Lords of the North again? Why?

    No. It's a great novel. I'll probably read it before I listen to it again.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.


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    Jonathan Ross 08-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great listen"

    I liked the narrators voice and the story was great. On to the next ones!

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    Sharon2pony 08-22-16
    Sharon2pony 08-22-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Narrator!"
    If you could sum up Lords of the North in three words, what would they be?

    Can't wait for the next book!


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

    I think the narrator was excellent as the main character is only 23 years old. I wish they would stick to one narrator. I think he read all the characters fine especially the main character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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