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The Lords of the North Audiobook

The Lords of the North: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

Enter a world where bloody battles and heroic deeds combine in the historic struggle to unite Britain in the face of a common enemy. The third instalment in Bernard Cornwell's King Alfred series, follows on from the outstanding previous novels The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman.

The year is 878 and the Vikings have been thrown out of Wessex. Uhtred, fresh from fighting for Alfred in the battle to free Wessex, travels north to seek revenge for his father's death, killed in a bloody raid by Uhtred's old enemy, renegade Danish lord, Kjartan.

While Kjartan lurks in his formidable stronghold of Dunholm, the north is overrun by chaos, rebellion and fear. Together with a small band of warriors, Uhtred plans his attack on his enemy, revenge fuelling his anger, resolute on bloody retribution. But, he finds himself betrayed and ends up on a desperate slave voyage to Iceland. Rescued by a remarkable alliance of old friends and enemies, he and his allies, together with Alfred the Great, are free to fight once more in a battle for power, glory and honour.

The Lords of the North is a tale of England's making, a powerful story of betrayal, struggle and romance, set in an England torn apart by turmoil and upheaval.

©2006 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

Praise for The Lords of the North:

"Beautifully crafted story-telling, complete with splendid set-piece battles and relentless derring-do, so gripping that it rarely stops to catch a breath. It demonstrates once again Cornwell's enormous skill as a historical narrator. He would have graced Alfred's court entertaining the guests with his stories." (Daily Mail)
"Cornwell takes the spectres of ninth century history and puts flesh back on their bones. Here is Alfred's world restored - impeccably researched and illuminated with the colour and passion of a master storyteller." (Justin Pollard, author of Alfred the Great)

Praise for Bernard Cornwell:

"Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation." (Daily Mail)
"Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched." (Observer)

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    Tony 09-24-16
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    "UTRED AND THE DANES"

    I like my history with a healthy dose of political fact, intrigue. treachery. love and blood! Bernard Cornwell always provides all of these, His research is impeccable and his delivery spot on. The story of Utred continues to unravel in the entertaining fashion that you come to expect with Cornwells' novels and did I mention the blood ? The narration is not just great it is outstanding ! All the characters live just as intended and the delivery of the action grabs you and doesn't let go. Thank you Jonathon Keeble.You just cannot resist moving on in the series.

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    Rui Ribeiro 04-30-16
    Rui Ribeiro 04-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Hard to put down"

    A great story, with an excellent narration. Third book in the series, all great books. Recommended.

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    Wayne Newbury-Lee 01-07-15
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    "Full of Danish Fury - Excellent"

    Another fantastic episode in this furious series - loosely based around an England often forgotten..Uhtreds story is a storm of justice and War

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  • Debbie
    8/4/16
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    "Great"

    Really good. Very good narration. He really brings the story to life. Will do next in series soon

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  • NDT
    6/13/16
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    "great listen"

    I got into the Last Kingdom Series following the TV show and went straight to book 2 not realising it was the second half of the TV series. But how much better the books are!! The third installment certainly doesn't disappoint. A simple read/listen much alike Simon Scarrow's eagle series.

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  • M. CARVER
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    3/24/16
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    "Great book brilliantly read"

    absolutely love the narrator for these books I think when he stops reading them I will litrally have to read them as it would seem right without him reading it!

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  • Bryan Gibb
    3/23/16
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    "Fantastic read!!!"

    Another great book in a fantastic series. Highly recommended!!

    Great narration and it makes putting the book down very difficult.

    Well worth the read.

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  • Mr. J. Ambler
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    1/4/16
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    "Fills the Gemmell void...."

    I really wasn't sure about this. after watching the BBC series based on the first two books (which started off slowly with a most disagreeably arrogant Utred) I found I had warmed to it and wanted to hear more.
    I've been waiting (in vain) for Gemmell books to make it to audible.... but until they do, I'll take this series happily.
    Superbly narrated, the tone of an older man telling tales of his younger, arrogant self works so much more than the TV show did, and the characters leap out the headphones.
    Utred is a wonderful blend of the Earl of Bronze and a young Druss. flawed, arrogant but bold.
    If you loved the exploits of Ragnar Loddbrook in Vikings, you'll not be disappointed here.

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  • Amazon Customer
    12/11/15
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    "Getting better and better"

    This is the third book in the series and they are getting better and better. Good easy listening and well told by the narrator.

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  • Andy James
    12/2/15
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    "If you like the TV series get the real thing!"
    What did you like most about The Lords of the North?

    I have to admit to having read all of these books before but really wanted to revisit them after being spurred on from the TV series. I love the mixture of the real and the fiction. This combination gives depth to the characters and allows the listener to almost smell the blood and muck!


    What other book might you compare The Lords of the North to, and why?

    In a similar vane but a few hindered years later is the War of the Roses books by Conn Iggulden.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Keeble’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes and just as good.



    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. This is one that has worked over a number of daily journeys to and from work - an hour each time.


    Any additional comments?

    Having fun working my way through the series! If you enjoyed the TV adaptation you'll love the real thing so much more.

    The TV series should boost these like Shaun Bean did for Sharpe!

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  • D. J. Wilkinson
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    11/18/15
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    "I love this series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Fantastic historically based tale. Really transports you to the confusing struggle between Dane and Saxon. The narration really compliments the story. First class.


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  • Amazon Customer
    BOLTON, United Kingdom
    11/6/15
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    "another triumph"

    another triumph of this series of rip roaring historical fiction. and skilfully narrated by Jonathan keeble

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  • Swashbuckle
    10/19/15
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    "Fantastic story perfectly narrated"

    A great third book in this series, full of energy, and engaging writing, and brilliantly narrated by Jonathan Keeble.

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