You will have to do the usual hunt and peck to find all the novels in the series. There are several narrators and gaps in the series links. However, t..Show More »hey are available if you switch narrators. Jonathan Keeble is fantastic in the first two books. An interlude then comes with the adequate, Tom Sellwood, followed by Keeble and John Lee. You finish up with two more decent narrators that do a good job of holding the tension.
These books seem to be the basis for the "Irish-Canadian historical drama television series (see Wiki)," Vikings. The time period is the same, as is the character focus. The novels are filled with battles, intrigue, double-cross and blackmail. The era is the 9th century…the setting is England.
The antagonists cum protagonists and visa versa are Danes and Northerners, invading England for plunder. Battles are with sword, axe, lance, and shield. Amazing stuff. Realistic without crossing the line to phantasmagoria.
I am not an avid 'reviewer of books' on audible.com. I do listen to about 4-6 books / month though and this is the first that i have found worthy..Show More » of giving praise. the author is fantastic, describing in great detail of the time period and culture while still delivering a spectacular plot line.
Furthermore, the narrator is perfectly cut out for the part giving the book unexpected zeal.
By far my favorite on audible.
Another enjoyable tale with riveting combat scenes! The weave of competing loyalties and interesting history make this a great story - the rich voice ..Show More »of the reader makes for compelling entertainment
I have enjoyed this series so much that I have even bought the books directly from England and had them shipped to me so I wouldn't have to wait for t..Show More »he next installment! Uhtred of Bebbanburg is a wonderful, rough and rowdy character to view these tales through. These books have also drawn me to research the history that they are based on. I must say, I'm impressed with the quality of the historical accuracy and the overall texture of the stories.
Trust me, if you like history in the slightest you will be engrossed in the writings of Bernard Cornwell. This books is yet another spectacular example of his fine skills as a storyteller.
I love this series, and this book is more of the same. I though the narrator was not quite as good as the narrator from the first books, Tom Sellwood..Show More », but never the less very good. I also thought this was going to be the final in the series, but there is still lots to come, so I will have to wait for the next one(s).
Bernard Cornwell's "Saxon Stories" series if fantastic. I love it. I found this audiobook version of Death of Kings however to be extremely irrita..Show More »ting. The reason for this was not for the actual voicing of the narrattion itself, but rather the creative licence the narrator took with character and place names. Bebbanburg became "Bamburgh", Lundane became "London". We all know that these are the modern names for these locations, but the narrators job is to read what the author has put on the page, not to add his own interpretation of what he thinks will suit the story. I especially found myself cringing every time the Perring said the name "Yoo-tred" (Uhtred).
Had it not been for this minor issue I would have awarded Death of Kings with the usual Bernard Cornwell 5 star review, and if you can get past the narration issues the book is as entertaining as always.
If you haven't listened to earlier books in this series you may not be disappointed withis one however I hated the narration. Almost no distinction in..Show More » voice for each character, seemed very dull in comparison to earlier books in the series naration and I hated the way the old English town names had been changed to modern. I found it hard to listen to since I love the author and all I could do was think about how I hated the naration and unnecessary changes. And to top it off the historical notes at the end of the book were missed.
I love Bernard Cornwell's writing from the 'Sharpe' to 'Thomas of Hookton' to one of my favorite series, 'The Saxon Series' which 'The Pagan Lord' as ..Show More »I believed was to be the last of the chronicles of Uhtred & formation of the country we now know as England during the 900's. Without spoiling any significant parts of the book I'm also going to complain for a sentence or 2 regarding how & if this is truly the end of this particular series. I was expecting a relatively clear ending to this series with the start of the small nation that would slowly turn into a world power, play a pivotal role in creating the USA, & remain a world power to this day. But its safe to say that not all questions were answered & since I know nothing of English history there's no way to place when certain events occurred in the nations rise to prominence
Its safe to reveal without spoiling the book that in this book:
* Uhtred will find much of the vengeance he deserves & has been searching for throughout the series using serpent breath while also tasting bittersweet sadness in other area's
* Uhtreds character growth jumps significantly if you compare it to the last couple books in the series. It seemed that while reading the last couple books the battles & barriers facing our protagonist are hard to clearly delineate due to similarities. This is by no means negative talk about Cornwell because even Cornwells average battle scenes & plot twist are far better than other authors best written novels. Due to Uhtreds age (a bit over 50) has him realizing that if he wants to see his dreams coming to fruition it must happen soon. So the reader gets a look at a "new" Uhtred that is older, grumpier, but by no means any less dangerous
* The reader will also see character growth in all 3 sons he has, well, 2 sons & Alfreds bastard who he treats like a son. This dynamic & seeing his sons take an active role in this story may lead to believe that a continuation of this series to involve the carrying on of his wishes by his bloodline, BUT that is not clearly stated in either direction. The reader will see how each son reacts & evaluate their standing with their famous father
* Although there is predictability in the story there are also many plot twists to make it interested & listening... I finished this book in 2 days, easy... so even though its addictive it won't take 20 hours to finish the book
* There are many old faces of friends, enemies, or characters whose allegiances are never completely predictable
* Finally, you see his usual hatred for priests of Christianity intermixed with the love of his men & Aethelflaed on one side & his own possible personal gain on another, therefore making hard decisions with a mind that is matured but still burning for payback
The book is an easy listen but well worth the credit just to find out if he reaches his ultimate goals? I believe Cornwell will have another addition to add to this series & if so, no matter how annoyed I may be expecting a final outcome I will be pre-ordering the next installment as well. Say a prayer to Odin & hope the corpse-ripper drags his enemies down as he battles for love & hate .
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..Show More » is in writing the loathsome bad guy character. The emergence of Uhtred the Younger made up for it. Thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommended.
I am a big fan of Bernard Cornwell's stories. I got hooked on Richard Sharpe and from there have read many of his other series including this exciting..Show More » series of old England. This is book eight in the Saxon series of historical fiction that chronicles the making of England and is set in the eighth century England. The protagonist of the story is Uhtred of Bebbanburg. England is now fractured, torn apart by internal fighting since the death of King Alfred and the threat of a Viking invasion.
The ruler of Mercia is dying, leaving no legitimate heir. His wife, Ethelflaed is the daughter of King Alfred and is a formidable fighter and leader, but no woman has ever ruled over an English Kingdom. With Uhtred’s help Ethelflaed attempts to gain control of the throne of Mercia. The fight for the Mercia throne leaves an opportunity for the rival West Saxons to siege Mercia. Edward of Wessex is distracted by the two heirs claiming his throne. Will the Viking’s take advantage and invade?
Uhtred is older and recovering from a near fatal injury ( see book 7 The Pagan Lord) facing more turbulent times and intrigue that sees him doing what he does best-leading a war band.
Cornwell creates a sense of the historical place and time that comes through well, clearly the book is well-researched. The main characters continue to be well developed. Cornwell is truly the master of the battle scene. Cornwell leaves me waiting breathlessly for the next book in the series. Matt Bates narrates the book.