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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 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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    Jeremy 01-29-16
    Jeremy 01-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Story is still enjoyable, but this reader is terrible."

    Sadly, this reader is truly awful. The characterizations were contrived and strained. With each character voice, I kept thinking, "Who talks like that?" Rather than enhance the story (which generally holds true in tone and quality to the first two in the series), the reader was a constant distraction.

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    hwk7072 Alexandria, VA USA 01-25-16
    hwk7072 Alexandria, VA USA 01-25-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Ugh, not the right voice"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Just assumed that Keebles would narrate the series, so clicked buy without looking. Keebles sounded like the character should sound. Sellwood would be good for dickens maybe, but the publishers simply could not have chosen a worse voice for this series. He's ok when he reads the narrative parts, but he makes Uhtred sound effeminate, comical. And what's with that alleged Danish accent? It sounds like a cross between Monty Python's French accent and a bad Count Dracula. I can't blame Sellwood, people take work when offered. But the publishers never should have let this out the door.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tom Sellwood’s performances?

    Yes, but most certainly not this type of book.


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    Kelly Coldwater, Ontario, Canada 12-05-15
    Kelly Coldwater, Ontario, Canada 12-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Different Narrator???"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing worse than changing narrators in the middle of a series. Different voices and pronounces ALL of the names differently. Can't even listen to it.


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

    The first few words.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tom Sellwood?

    Keeble


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Extreme Sadness.


    Any additional comments?

    possible to get a refund?

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    Customer 11-30-15
    Customer 11-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Whole series is awesome and this book is no exception"

    I love this whole series, starting with the last kingdom in all the way onward they are just amazing! I can't wait to read the next one!

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    Robyn Bieber Round Rock, Texas 11-05-15
    Robyn Bieber Round Rock, Texas 11-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "best book in the series this far!"

    This book has the most adventure, sorrow, and glory of all the books so far in the series. you will be lifted, broken, then lifted again!

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    Connor 11-03-15
    Connor 11-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not a fan of the narrator"
    What did you love best about Lords of the North?

    Always a treat listening to the story of Uthred and his companions. Never ceases to entertain


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