Uther, the High King of Britain, has died, leaving the infant Mordred as his only heir. His uncle, the loyal and gifted warlord Arthur, now rules as caretaker for a country that has fallen into chaos - threats emerge from within the British kingdoms while vicious Saxon armies stand ready to invade.
As he struggles to unite Britain and hold back the Saxon enemy, Arthur is embroiled in a doomed romance with beautiful Guinevere.
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The characters were very well laid out. Setting the stage for romance and conflict
The battles were graphic and well played out.
An very unique variation on The Arthur Trilogy
"The arthurian legend given substance"
I had the trilogy as books and as tapes. This is the first time I have seen them as audio books to download and I have been looking for them for several years.
The three titles, The Winter King, The Enemy of God, and Excalibur, are my favourite and the best retelling of the legend of Arthur I have read or heard, filled with action and interesting facts about the era, real locations and a gritty realism. I loved them and will enjoy listening to them again.....and again..
"A Brilliant Story"
A wonderful story, wonderfully read by Tim Piggot-Smith, who brings a real depth of character to the different parts. The audio is also nice and clear. My one issue is that it is abridged; so much of the story is left out.
"Brilliant book, superb performance"
Bernard Cornwell has often said the Warlord Chronicles (of which this is the first part) is his favourite work and I agree (although the Saxon series runs it close).
This is an imagined past, but rooted in realism. A fantastic story told in the first person, this sets up the rest of the trilogy perfectly.
Tim Piggott-Smith performs the book superbly - he is a true master of his craft.
The only downside is that it's abridged - the full length book is better.
Excellent story by Bernard Cornwall. I own the book but have struggled to read this due to the amount of characters yet and being able to focus therefore being able to listen to this over various evenings has really helped my comprehension. Voice acting was flawless in its delivery as well.
"Excellent, as expected!"
EXcellent audiobook, exactly as expected. I was hesitant to take the abridged version, but I don't really get the time to listen to an unabridged trilogy.
I thought the abridged version was absolutely fine - the story still flowed, and with one or two minor exceptions I didn't get the sense it was abridged at all.
Excellent narration and story, but you probably knew that already :)
"The Warlord Chronicles - part 1"
I had enjoyed the audiobook immensely, however I selected this book as it although it appears to be less about the Arthurian legends but more about Arthur's faithfull follower Derval. I also found that the audiobook just ends with no real conclusion.
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