Saxon Stories
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  • 1
    The Last Kingdom | Bernard Cornwell

    The Last Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex, Alfred's kingdom and the last territory in English hands, Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane.

    This Series is a Winner

    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 »

    Reviewed on February 09 2015 by Craig (Seattle, WA, United States)
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    The Pale Horseman | Bernard Cornwell

    The Pale Horseman

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    At the end of The Last Kingdom, The Danes had been defeated at Cynuit, but the triumph of the English is not fated to last long. The Danish Vikings quickly invade and occupy three of England's four kingdoms - and all that remains of the once proud country is a small piece of marshland, where Alfred and his family live with a few soldiers and retainers, including Uhtred, the dispossessed English nobleman who was raised by Danes.

    Excellent story

    Another classic by Bernard Cornwell. He captures the passion of love and battle like no other.

    Reviewed on February 24 2015 by Jason Williams ()
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    Lords of the North: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 3 | Bernard Cornwell

    Lords of the North: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Tom Sellwood
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    The year is 878, and the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm.

    Best on Audible

    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 »

    Reviewed on December 02 2007 by scott ()
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    Sword Song: The Battle for London | Bernard Cornwell

    Sword Song: The Battle for London

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Alfred of Wessex has survived the Danish invasions, but though he now has an uneasy truce with his enemies, fresh Viking ships are arriving to plunder and enslave the Saxons. Those Vikings must be defeated, and Alfred's first move is to deny them their fortress on the Thames, the decayed Roman city of London. His weapon is Uhtred, a warrior of formidable reputation. But neither Alfred's wisdom, not Uhtred's prowess, might be enough to save Wessex when a Viking lord captures a prize of inestimable value.

    Utrid for President

    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 »

    Reviewed on April 06 2015 by Tom (Arvada, CO, United States)
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    The Burning Land: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 5 | Bernard Cornwell

    The Burning Land: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    In a clash of heroes,the kingdom is born.A t the end of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in ill health; his heir, an untested youth. His enemy, the Danes, having failed to conquer Wessex, now see their chance for victory. Led by the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair, the Viking hordes attack. But Uhtred, Alfred’s reluctant warlord, proves his worth, outwitting Harald and handing the Vikings one of their greatest defeats. For Uhtred, the sweetness of victory is soon overshadowed by tragedy.

    Wonderful Story! Wonderful Narrator!

    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 »

    Reviewed on January 29 2010 by Lana (Des Moines, IA, USA)
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    The Burning Land: Saxon Chronicles, Book 5 | Bernard Cornwell

    The Burning Land: Saxon Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Stephen Perring
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    In the last years of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in failing health, and his heir is an untested youth. The Danes, who have failed so many times to conquer Wessex, smell opportunity.... First comes Harald Bloodhair, a savage warrior leading a Viking horde. But Alfred still has the services of Uhtred, his unwilling warlord, who leads Harald into a trap and, at Farnham in Surrey, inflicts one of the greatest defeats the Vikings were ever to suffer.

    Excellent, again

    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 »

    Reviewed on February 14 2011 by Hugh (Shenton Park, Australia)
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    Death of Kings | Bernard Cornwell

    Death of Kings

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Stephen Perring
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    As the ninth century wanes, England appears about to be plunged into chaos once more. For the Viking-raised but Saxon-born warrior, Uhtred, whose life seems to shadow the making of England, this presents him with difficult choices.King Alfred is dying and his passing threatens the island of Britain to renewed warfare. Alfred wants his son, Edward, to succeed him but there are other Saxon claimants to the throne as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north.

    If only it wasn't for the narration..

    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 »

    Reviewed on January 20 2014 by C.J.R Flanagan (Bathurst, Australia)
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    Death of Kings: Saxon Tales, Book 6 | Bernard Cornwell

    Death of Kings: Saxon Tales, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Stephen Perring
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    As the ninth century wanes, Alfred the Great lies dying, his dream of a unified England in danger and his kingdom on the brink of chaos. While his son, Edward, has been named his successor, there are other Saxon claimants to the throne - as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north. Uhtred, the Saxon-born, Viking-raised warrior, whose life seems to shadow the making of England itself, is torn between his vows and his desires....

    Great series ruined by narrator

    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 »

    Reviewed on February 01 2012 by Amazon Customer (CROSS PLAINS, TENNESSEE, United States)
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    The Pagan Lord: A Novel | Bernard Cornwell

    The Pagan Lord: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Matt Bates
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    At the onset of the tenth century, England is in turmoil. 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.

    Great Book, BUT, Not The End! Grrrr.. LOL

    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 »

    Reviewed on January 10 2014 by G.Monie (Queens, NY, United States)
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    The Pagan Lord | Bernard Cornwell

    The Pagan Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Matt Bates
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    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.

    Another winner from Cornwell

    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 »

    Reviewed on April 14 2015 by C. Ian Keay (Peterborough, ON, CAN)
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    The Empty Throne: A Novel | Bernard Cornwell

    The Empty Throne: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Matt Bates
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    Britain, early 10th century AD: a time of change. There are new raids by the Vikings from Ireland, and turmoil among the Saxons over the leadership of Mercia. A younger generation is taking over. Æthelred, the ruler of Mercia, is dying, leaving no legitimate heir. The West Saxons want their king, but Uhtred has long supported Athelflaed, sister to King Edward of Wessex and widow of Aethelred. Widely loved and respected, Athelflaed has all the makings of a leader - but can Saxon warriors ever accept a woman as their ruler?

    Cracking good historical fiction

    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 »

    Reviewed on January 24 2015 by Jean (Santa Cruz, CA, United States)
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    The Empty Throne (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 8) | Bernard Cornwell

    The Empty Throne (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 8)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Matt Bates
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    The new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one bestselling series The Warrior Chronicles, on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. In the battle for power, there can be only one ruler.England is fractured, torn apart more by internal fighting than the threat of Viking invasion. The ruler of Mercia is dying, leaving no legitimate heir. His wife is a formidable fighter and great leader, but no woman has ever ruled over an English kingdom.

    Eight books in and still well worth a credit.

    Among the chronicles it is in the top half

    Reviewed on March 01 2015 by luke (Fukuoka, Japan)