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An excellent book read by an excellent reader.
But -I would have prefereed the Unabridged version.
Book three is the best of first three excellent books of the Saxon chronicles. Book two was good, but here we have much less of the pious King Alfred, full of god and goodness he may be, but godliness and piousness don't make stories for telling in the feast hall.
In The Lords of the North we experience more of the savagery of the times. Uhtred's fortunes are twisted and turned by the Spinners throughout the story. Serpent Breath and Wasp Sting Uhtred's swords run with blood many times. This chronicle climaxes with Uhtred doing what Uhtred does best boasting and killing.
His narration is clear. While he may not be a Saxon or a Dane you can easily imagine he is.
Not only is this an abridged version, but the reader is not really suited to the subject. I was eventually bought, as a present, the Unabridged version read by actor Richard Armitage. Suffice it to say that if you had offered this version it would have been far and away your best-selling audio book of the year.
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series but this audio book isn't as good. First of all it is abridged (and the book isn't a long one)and secondly I don't think this narrator is a patch on the narrator of the first two. I am currently reading the paperback of this book because this way I get the full version and I can "hear" the narrator from the first two in my mind. This narrator hasn't captured the scorn Uhtred has for Alfred and anything that doesn't agree with his philosophy. Also in my opinion, giving Uhtred a northern accent in the first two really captured the character. It is a cracking yarn though.
this series gets more formulaic as it gets longer
"A great book!!"
Bring on book 4, just love these books!! Bernard Cornwell has to be the best at this type of story line.
"What's going on?"
Two superbly narrated unabridged books - and then this. This and the next novel Sword song are only available abridged. The two novels after that are unabridged. This annoying for those who want either format. Lords of the North and Sword song are both available unabridged on CD from the BBC.
I purchased this in March 2010 but found the abridging spoilt the flow of the story. I was hoping that an unabridged version would have appeared by now.
The narrator change does not help matters but that is outside audiable’s control. Disappointing.
"Still loving this tale...."
I have to start by saying what a terrible shame this one is brought to us in abridged form. As horrifically cruel some of Bernard's tales can be, they form a proper part of the story and should not be missed out. I would hazard a guess that some of the more gorey bits were left out of this one and although the tale certainly is another good one, I desperately want the whole story. It left me wanting more at the end and I can't wait to start the next one. The only reason this one has the four stars is because of the abridged version, but that does not detract from the brilliant story telling and writing - I really hope an unabridged version arrives at some point in the near future.
After the brilliant first two stories (largely down to the excellent narrator (Tom Selwood) who brought the whole story to life) I have to say how very disappointed I am with this third book. I don't think it is the story itself but just the way it is narrated - flat and boring with no attempt to create individual characters through language, accents, etc - result - uninteresting to the point I don't think I will listen to it all nor download books 4 & 5. Bring back Tom Selwood and I will certainly listen to them all!!!!
"rowangarth reviews lords of the north"
the abridged version is a massive disappointment and is made the more so when contrasted to the bbc version of lords of the north read by richard armatige, the characteriasation of this version so missing in the abridged version makes it an outstanding audio book carrying on the tradition of books one and two read by tom
I found that I could not stop listening to a really atmospheric yarn.I would love to see this series of novels made into a blockbuster film.The only downside of the audio book is that you don't have the maps to follow our Hero on his journeys through Saxon Britain.
"Bit of a let down"
Not sure if it was because I am sure sure this is an Abridged version, but this to me lacked the detail of both character and surroundings of the first two novels. But the biggest disapointment of all was that Tom Sellwood was not narrating and this was a real let down as Tom's voice was instrumental in making me believe in Uhtred, his place in time and his cause, where as Jamie Glovers narration wasn't spoke with a Northern Accent and at the end of every sentance was full of 'He said' or 'she replied' which I found very annoying. Leaves it all open for a fourth book so fingers crossed maybe Tom will be back for a fourth installment or even just an Unabridged version of this edition with Tom Sellwood's voice would be enough for me to re-purchase this.
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