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The Winter King Audiobook

The Winter King: The Warlord Chronicles, Book 1

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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 which has fallen into chaos - threats emerge from within the British kingdoms while vicious Saxon armies stand ready to invade.

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 which 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.

©1995 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • Matt
    8/29/14
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    "Simply Brilliant"
    Would you listen to The Winter King again? Why?

    This is the kind of story you can enjoy over and over again. The Winter King boasts an engrossing, complex and compelling storyline rarely found in stories based on the Arthurian legends, which tend toward the tradition of chivalry, knights, round tables and simple good/evil battles against Mordred, Oberon and Morgan Le Fay. Bernard Cornwell has done a masterful job in The Warlord Chronicles of creating an Arthur that is believable, an Arthur desperately trying to hold post-Roman Britain together when the stabilising forces of the empire have gone and the chaotic forces of inter-kingdom warfare, religious conflict and Saxon invasions have come. This brilliant story is told by a brilliant narrator, Jonathan Keeble, whose voice and performance are absolutely perfect for this dark historical fantasy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Perhaps the story's strongest aspect is Bernard Cornwell's careful maintenance of historical realism. It is easy to imagine a Britain in the grip of the early Dark Ages, unsure of itself and vulnerable in the aftermath of the departure of the Roman legions and the arrival of hordes of Saxons. It is all the more moving when you realise that history holds the eventual end of the story; we know that the Saxons succeeded in conquering much of Britain, and it doesn't matter how hard Arthur fights. The Saxons will win in the end.


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

    Jonathan Keeble's performances of all the characters in this audiobook are brilliant - he is the perfect narrator for this story. But perhaps his greatest success is in his portrayal of Arthur himself. The voice that Keeble uses for Arthur is only slightly different than the voice which he uses to portray the main character, Derfel, but it is enough. A slight tone in Arthur's voice immediately identifies him and carries across his humanity, compassion, ambition and altruism all at the same time.


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

    The only downside to this audiobook is its sheer length. At almost 20 hours, it is impossible to listen to the whole thing in one sitting - unless you are possessed of resolute determination, an iron will, and a lack of need for sleep. I would have liked to listen to all 20 hours without a break, as I found that when I had to turn it off to sleep and resumed it in the morning the story became a little disjointed. However, this is only a minor complaint and I would much rather have a long audiobook that takes multiple sittings than a short one that's over too soon.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent example of historical fiction and of a legend being historicised. I cannot recommend this audiobook highly enough and eagerly await next month's credit so I can download the next instalment in the trilogy.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • RJB1
    UK
    1/8/15
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    "The start of a great trilogy"
    Any additional comments?

    Another excellent series by Bernard Cornwell. In my opinion this is his second best series behind The Saxon Stories. His portrayal of magic is excellent such that it becomes believable in a historical fiction setting, rather than fantasy where magic usually belongs.

    As always with Cornwell, the battles are marvelously described, seeming to put you in the middle of the shield wall with the protagonist, Derfel.

    The narration is superb, Jonathan Keeble has a powerful orators voice and is able to do a wide variety of accents so you immediately know the character who is speaking.

    If you enjoy historical fiction, fantasy or other novels by Bernard Cornwell you should definitely try this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • TheOutsSeeker
    11/30/14
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    "Just excellent - well narrated and catching story"
    What did you like most about The Winter King?

    The Winter King features an catching, complex and compelling storyline rarely found in stories based on the Arthurian legends, which tend toward the tradition of chivalry, knights, round tables and simple good/evil battles against Mordred, Oberon and Morgan Le Fay.This brilliant story is told by a brilliant narrator, Jonathan Keeble, whose voice and performance are absolutely perfect for this dark historical fantasy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The careful historical realism maintained by Bernard Cornwell. It is easy to imagine a Britain in the grip of the early Dark Ages, unsure of itself and vulnerable in the aftermath of the departure of the Roman legions and the arrival of hordes of Saxons. Especially in the light of history, we know that the Saxons succeeded in conquering much of Britain, and it doesn't matter how hard Arthur fights. The Saxons will win in the end.


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

    Jonathan Keeble's performances of all the characters in this audiobook are brilliant - he is the perfect narrator for this story. But perhaps his greatest success is in his portrayal of Arthur himself.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud a few times, thanks to both Cornwell's understated writing and Keeble's acting.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent example of historical fiction and of a legend being historic. I cannot recommend this audiobook highly enough and eagerly await next month's credit so I can download the next installment in the trilogy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolf
    Glasgow
    11/20/14
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    "Classic"
    Would you listen to The Winter King again? Why?

    The narrator was entertaining and brought the story - one of my favourites - to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Winter King?

    The part where Gundlias comes to the Tor....


    What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I really liked his various voices for the male characters. The female characters were sometimes OTT and verging on the Monty Python, Life of Brian "He's not a naughty boy" kind of thing but, overall, Keeble was an excellent narrator.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud a few times, thanks to both Cornwell's understated writing and Keeble's acting.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this series when it first came out and thought the audiobook would be a good way to go through it again without actually reading it. I wasn't disappointed and look forward to listening to the next two books with my membership credits.

    Steven A. McKay, author of WOLF'S HEAD.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    LA BROUSSE, France
    1/6/17
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    "Disappointing"

    I enjoyed all the Sharpe books but this one, based on myths and legends, is rubbish. Too much gratuitous blood and gore. I am returning it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr l z moore
    12/16/16
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    "Like the epics of old."

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book,looking forward to the next one. Proper storytelling at it's very best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S.C.Forest
    12/15/16
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    "Great story, poor pronunciation"

    I have previously heard an abridged audiobook of this story, and it is a great story. Of course, there are many 'versions' of the Arthurian story available, and since there is little or no provable facts concerning Arthur, one is free to accept any one which appeals, or refuse them all. at the end of the day, we are dealing with a legendary warlord. I think that in post Roman Britain, he was the sort of figure Britain was desperate for, and was the subject of hope and desire, rather than a flesh and blood character.
    This version of the Bernard Cornwell story is very good indeed, but in this recording, the pronunciation of many of the words, ( because I suspect, of their Welsh or Cornish origins), are wrong. however, for all that, it is quite an acceptable effort, and I found that after an hour or so, my brain was making the necessary adjustments, and so I ended up enjoying the production immensely. This complete edition is way superior to the abridged version. give it a go, - you owe it to yourself!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    London, UK
    12/1/16
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    "Superb adaptation"

    I read the novel some years ago but the audible version adds a visceral edge to the combat scenes and a surprising emotional tone. Rather than the phlegmatic warrior of the books, Derfel is that bit more sensitive. Wonderfully narrated and excellent characterisation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam Allaker
    12/1/16
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    "Fantastic story"

    the brilliant Jonathan Kemble brings this epic tale to life. Can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Fionda
    10/24/16
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    "Draws you in!"

    I loved the paperback version of this book years ago and thought I'd give the audio book a whirl, I'm so pleased I did! The narrator Jonathan Keeble does a brilliant job of brining the story to life and I caught myself grinning along through the last battle scene while sitting on the bus! Highly recommended if you like your battles well thought out & your characters multifaceted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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