The new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one best-selling series The Warrior Chronicles, on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.
Alfred the Great is dead and Edward his son reigns as king. Wessex survives but peace cannot hold. The Danes in the north, led by Viking Cnut Longsword, stand ready to invade and will never rest until the emerald crown is theirs. Uhtred, once Alfred's great warrior but now out of favour with the new king, must lead a band of outcasts north to recapture his old family home, that great Northumbrian fortress, Bebbanburg.Loyalties will be divided and men will fall, as every Saxon kingdom is drawn into the bloodiest battle yet with the Danes; a war which will decide the fate of every king, and the entire English nation.
©2013 Bernard Cornwell (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"The best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive" (George R.R. Martin)
"Cornwell draws a fascinating picture of England as it might have been before anything like England existed" (The Times)
"He's called a master storyteller. Really he's cleverer than that" (Telegraph)
I love these books. It's a strange thing, however, when the narrator changes and suddenly everything is pronounced differently. For example, in this latest version, the narrator pronounces the "j" in "Kjartan". It made me cringe. Occasionally, it sounded like the narrator has a New York accent.
Still a great book.
This is another compelling listen in The Last Kingdom Series. The story is amazingly written, detailed, compelling, making the listener feel like he is part of the action. It's truly hard to stop listening.
Matt Bates narration is not the best in the series (Jonathan Keeble's narration in first 4 books is truly unrivaled), but it is not bad. It is a honest narration that doesn't harm the great story.
If you've come this far in the series, you probably love Cornwell like I do. I don't enjoy the sympathetic bad guy (Knut Knutson). Cornwell's strength is in writing the loathsome bad guy character. The emergence of Uhtred the Younger made up for it. Thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommended.
Yes, I would, as in all of BC's books he captures time & place really well, you could almost smell the salt spray in the Northern seas & the smell of burning villages.
The final battle
Absolutely... if you like bernard cornwell. He is wonderfully consistent. A great listen/read.
Fantastic characters, great dialogue...
Same as the last few reviews really, the books are great and really thrilling but they lack the passion because Jonathan Keeble is not the narrator
"narrator is still poor against the original"
Still disappointed that they got rid of the original narrator, the story is still there but its lost its voice.
"A book too far?/Stop changing the Narrator"
Please stop changing the Narrator. Well written but I wonder if Uthred shouldn't retire soon.
"great story new, narrator again"
The story is good as to be expected but I really wish they hadn't changed the narrator. The narrator at the beginning of the series was amazing and really brought all the characters to life. Then they changed him for a second guy who was good but not as good and we get to the seventh book and it's a new narrator again and to make it even more confusing this guy pronounces the names quite differently making it harder to follow the story. I don't think I'm going to buy the eighth book until they bring back one of the other two guys or I'll just read it.
"Great book. Worth continuing the story"
Another great book in the Last Kingdom Series. the biggest criticism by far is the changing of the narrator. Along with this, name, pronunciation and character voices change significantly, but each individual narrator offers a solid performance.
Slightly bored of hearing some of the same lines repeated... apparently an axe in a shield wall is for pulling down the shield for your neighbour to attack. Certainly not enough to put one off and maybe useful for anybody starting off the series at this point, but slightly annoying either way.
Looking forward to the next installment.
"Great series of books "
I have had the privilege of listening to all of the last Kingdom series so far and books are great but what let's down the entire experience is the narration. it would have been better if some kind of continuity had continued through the books regarding place names and character names. each narrator bringing their own version each time has dimmed what would have been an exceptional experience.
Gripped by yet another thrilling tale of Uhtred. Loved the development of the relationship with his sons. While not the most epic story in the sequence so far, The Pagan Lord felt the most empassioned, with an excellent struggle against the church and a fantastic antagonist. Loved it. I thought the new narrator did a great job too and I really hope it does not change for a 3rd time! Each time I get used to someone they change... That's my only criticism so far but will definitely be something I look out for when deciding on future audio books.
"why change the narrator??"
Great story as usual from Bernard Cornwell, but the change in narrator really put a downer on things for me. He was unconvincing as a northern pagan lord to say the least.
"Bloody battles galore"
Untried is considerably older. His sons are becoming a force to be reckoned with and still the conflict between Danes and Saxons rages after a period of peace. This is the third narrator and he's fine. No one compares to Jonathan Keeble who has full characters for each voice, but Matt Bates does a good job. Much of the success of this is, of course, due to the writing which manages to coney the older, even more stubborn hero. He gets help from friends and enemies, from people met along the road and still has his own keen intelligence but he is definitely slower. You cannot get off the train, anyway, you have to stick with him to the end.
"Bernard cornwell is a master storyteller."
Bernard Cornwell is a master storyteller and this performance is exvellent. Really looking forward to the next book.
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