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The Pale Horseman Audiobook

The Pale Horseman: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

A Saxon raised by Vikings. A pagan fighting for a Christian King. The conflict at the heart of a hero will be played out in the fight for England.

It is 877. Across the kingdoms of Britain the Danes are gaining strength. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, a pagan warrior, must decide who he will align with: the Vikings who raised him or Alfred, King of the West Saxons.

As the Danes make for Wessex and threaten to destroy the kingdom, Uhtred will forge an uneasy alliance with the king, to lead the last remaining Saxon army in a battle that will be a fight for the very existence of England.

©2005 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

Praise for The Pale Horseman:

"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)
"It is stirring stuff, and few writers are better qualified than Cornwell to do justice to the excitement of the times…Ninth-century Britain and a master of storytelling - it is a marriage made in heaven." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Cornwell's mastery of historical sources and his aptitude for battle scenes is well established…the language, and particularly the dialogue, is raw and unarchaic, rich in insults and Anglo-Saxon expletives." (Times Literary Supplement)

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    Rui Ribeiro 04-23-16
    Rui Ribeiro 04-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    It's hard to stop listening. The story and the excellent narration grabs your attention and it's hard to put it down.
    Highly recommended.

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  • PEH
    4/27/16
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    "Excellent. Brilliant performance."
    If you could sum up The Pale Horseman in three words, what would they be?

    A superb buy.


    What other book might you compare The Pale Horseman to, and why?

    The whole series and all Bernard Cornwell's books. They are credible and engaging. Full of excitement and characters you care about.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favourite?

    His performance captures the essence of Ughtred. The tone of voice expresses such emotions, and doubts. Such a shame he hasn't recorded the whole series.


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

    Yes. Absolutely. Both for the story and the performance. (I'm now waiting for more in the series.)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darren
    2/16/16
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    "Great listen"

    The story continues at a rapid pace with uthred torn between his loyalty to the Saxons and Earl Ragnar. This in my opinion is even better that the first book and I am starting the third book immediately. Fantastic

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara
    8/20/16
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    "The Pale Rider"

    Loved it. The narrator brings the story to life...thrilling and descriptive. Just downloaded next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/22/16
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    "this is an excellent narration."

    it made the story come alive, what fabulous characters. the story telling was oustanding and fantastic series this is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea Adamou
    6/24/16
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    "Jonathan Keeble is perfect."

    Jonathan Keeble is perfect. that's all I have to say really. He tells the story perfectly and with such gusto that you have no trouble living everything he says as Uhtred.

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  • THERESA THENUKA PRINCE
    6/17/16
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    "Bravery ... Sacrifice ... Duty"

    An engrossing historical story full of unfettered bravery, sacrifice & reluctant duty to king. To Uhtred ... destiny is all!

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  • Timothy
    5/18/16
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    "yet another excellent book and narrator."

    I'm a huge Bernard Cornwell fan so this book as up to his usual high standard. Jonathan Keeble is the icing on the cake. really enjoying this.

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  • Mrs
    3/11/16
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    "Powerful message"

    I really enjoyed the skilled character portrayals by the narrator which gave life to the story. I got rather fed up with the weakness of Alfred and his seeming constant betrayals - then it struck me how like Sharpe and his Chosen Men Uhtred and his band of followers are!

    Loved the twist to the idea of the Pale Horseman at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/1/16
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    "Give it a go"

    loved every minute I've got to say give it a go go on I derar you

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  • Christopher Wilton
    12/18/15
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    "Pretty darn good sequel."

    While the first novel in the series covers the conquest of the anglo-saxon kingdoms, this novel covers the build up to the fight back of Wessex.

    It could be argued that nothing particularly historical happens in this story, except for a few apocryphal anecdotes. But this is where Bernie C excels as a story teller and keeps you engaged in Uhtred's story.

    The title didn't grab me as much, as it clearly refers to the primary antagonist (or at least the climactic antagonist). But hell, it's good and Keeble's narration still holds up well.

    I listened to it over the course of a weekend and I'm even more hyped to watch the TV series now. Definitely going to get it for Yuletide this year while we engage in our pagan feasting.

    Hail Thor, Hail Odin!!

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