First comes Harald Bloodhair, a savage warrior leading a Viking horde, who is encouraged to cruelty by his woman, Skade. But Alfred still has the services of Uhtred, his unwilling warlord, who leads Harald into a trap and, at Farnham in Surrey, inflicts one of the greatest defeats the Vikings were ever to suffer.
This novel, the fifth in the magnificent series of England's history tells of the final assaults on Alfred's Wessex, that Wessex survived to become England is because men like Uhtred defeated an enemy feared throughout Christendom.
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I love this series, and this book is more of the same. I though the narrator was not quite as good as the narrator from the first books, Tom Sellwood, but never the less very good. I also thought this was going to be the final in the series, but there is still lots to come, so I will have to wait for the next one(s).
This is the second book I have enjoyed by Bernard Cornwell. The first I read , the Burning Land I listen to on my iPod. It was a great listen. Excellent narration by Stephen Perring. Very dramatic, fast, and characters easy identifiable. The brutality of that time well and truly realised. Superbly written.
I could not help but be disappointed with this audio book. The performance while OK, was no where near the quality of the first three unabridged books in this series. Also for some reason the place names have been replaced with the modern versions, so Lundene is read as London, to me this has detracted from the ambiance of the recording.
The story is every bit as good as the previous books, but the performance has let it down.
This audiobook has horror, excitment, suspence and humour. Being a big fan of Bernard Cornwell's works this book has come up trumps again. I began by finding Uhtred quite loathsome, but ended up loving him. I would highly recommend this book to anyone whose not shy of some brilliant writing and story telling.
"Worth a Listen"
I quite liked the book was a little disappointed with the end I expected a better close to the story, but once I started listening couldn't stop.
I enjoyed the battle scenes only wished that some of the characters got killed of sooner as they really start to grate towards the end.
Another great book bring on the next one !
"Where is Jonathan Keeble?"
I have listen to this series of books from the start, one after the other and love the story so far. But I was shocked to find out they had changed the narrator. Which is like changing the main characters in a film half way through. Totally disappointed as love the way Jonathan Keeble portrayed the characters. I'm so disappointed I cant listen to it any more.
Got Jonathan Keeble to narrate it.
Dont change the narrator half way through a series.
"Good .... but missing Jonathan Keeble"
As with every book in the Saxon Stories The Burning Land is an example of perfect historical fiction. I cannot find fault in Bernard Cornwell's writing, characterisations, plot or historical accuracy (though maybe I'm not looking hard enough). The first four books in this series were narrated by the brilliant Jonathan Keeble, whose voices for the many characters were expertly done and consistent. But for some reason, he is not the narrator of this fifth volume in the Saxon Stories, and looking ahead I see that he is not the narrator for the sixth, seventh or eighth volumes either. This is a shame, and while Stephen Perring is by no means a bad narrator, I miss Jonathan Keeble's gravelly tones and slight Yorkshire accent that made me believe he was speaking in the voice of a grizzled Northumbrian Saxon warlord. Also, I found that in this book, unlike in previous readings, towns, cities, rivers etc. are given their modern name instead of their Saxon name. Whereas in previous books we have heard about Bebbanburg, Lundene, Eoforwic and Wintancaestir, we now hear about Bamburgh, London, York and Winchester, which I felt detracted from the atmosphere of the story and ruined the illusion that I was listening to a real Saxon recounting his life story. However, the story is still brilliant, Uhtred is still as immoral as he ever was and just as likeable and I look forward to reading the next books in the series. Well worth a listen, but if you're used to Jonathan Keeble prepare for disappointment.
"Cornwell is a great writer"
This is another great book from Cornwell and you do not want to stop lissening.
The story just keeps you on the edge of your seat so keep them coming
"Excellent book, from Excellent series & well read"
Excellent book, from Excellent series & well read by Stephen Perring & it is unabridged so you get the full story.
Some of the Saxon Series are read by Michael Glover who reads them well but they are abridged! Why buy a book and throw away half the pages.
I do wish we could have a choice of the Full Book or Half a Book.
But this version is complete so buy it and enjoy.
"Uhtred has become far too annoying"
I simple couldn?t get to like this book or form the any attachment to so called heroes within
An extremely bias story; about the actions of Uhtred.
The story passes far too often and lightly over numerous horrific killings.
This book far too easily belittles the actions of true historical figures of the period.
I never before wished so hard for an author to write the death scene for a character, but Uhtred has become far to annoying and if he isn?t killed in next book I?d rather disappointed.
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