The Last Kingdom Series
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  • 1
    The Last Kingdom: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 1 | Bernard Cornwell

    The Last Kingdom: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    The first book in a brand-new series, The Last Kingdom is set in England during the reign of King Alfred. Uhtred is an English boy, born into the aristocracy of ninth-century Northumbria. Orphaned at 10, he is captured and adopted by a Dane and taught the Viking ways. Yet Uhtred's fate is indissolubly bound up with Alfred, King of Wessex, who rules over the only English kingdom to survive the Danish assault. The struggle between the English and the Danes and the strife between christianity and paganism is the background to Uhtred's growing up.

    New threads in an old, accurate tapestry

    I had previously read many of Simon Scarrow's fiction of Romans in Britain, and enjoyed them. These here make a good follow-on. I find the writing a l..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 05 2016 by Stephen (Halden, Norway)
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    The Last Kingdom | Bernard Cornwell

    The Last Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 2 | Bernard Cornwell

    The Pale Horseman: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    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.

    One of the best books in many year

    Nuanced characters, excellent performance, deep look into historical times. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy, history, and goo..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 09 2016 by Conrad ()
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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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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.

    Great Book, Great Read...but NO AUTHOR'S NOTES!

    I've read every book in this series but there's a slight problem (and I've noticed this in Cornwell's "Sharpe Series" also).

    Cornwell..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 06 2015 by reball01 (Hampstead, Maryland United States)
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    The Lords of the North: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 3 | Bernard Cornwell

    The Lords of the North: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Enter a world where bloody battles and heroic deeds combine in the historic struggle to unite Britain in the face of a common enemy. The third instalment in Bernard Cornwell's King Alfred series, follows on from the outstanding previous novels The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman. The year is 878 and the Vikings have been thrown out of Wessex. Uhtred, fresh from fighting for Alfred in the battle to free Wessex, travels north to seek revenge for his father's death, killed in a bloody raid by Uhtred's old enemy, renegade Danish lord, Kjartan.

    Worth listening to repeatedly

    Another home run for Audible, Jonathan Keeble and The Great Bernard Cornwell, Lord of the Short Novel.

    Reviewed on March 08 2017 by Ashley ()
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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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1750)
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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.

    what happen to Jonathan Keeble,
    Reviewed on March 23 2015 by TmarZ ()
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    Sword Song: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 4 | Bernard Cornwell

    Sword Song: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    The fourth in the best-selling Alfred series from number-one historical novelist, Bernard Cornwell. The year is 885, and England is at peace, divided between the Danish kingdom to the north and Alfred's kingdom of Wessex in the south. But trouble stirs, a dead man has risen and new Vikings have arrived to occupy London. It is a dangerous time, and it falls to Uhtred, half Saxon, half Dane, a man feared and respected the length and breadth of Britain, to expel the Viking raiders and take control of London for Alfred.

    Keeble as narrator adds so much to the story

    the story was good but Jonathan Keeble as narrator was great adding so much color to the story telling. I hope he knows how appreciated his efforts..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 21 2017 by Amazon Customer ()
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    Sword Song: The Battle for London | Bernard Cornwell

    Sword Song: The Battle for London

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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.

    5 stars

    Another great book by Bernard Cornwell! I only wish Jonathan Keeble narrated all books in this series.
    Job well done

    Reviewed on May 20 2015 by Ryan (UK)
  • 5
    The Burning Land: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 5 | Bernard Cornwell

    The Burning Land: The Last Kingdom Series, 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.

    Narrator change sucks
    Reviewed on July 26 2016 by Rob ()
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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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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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    Death of Kings: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 6 | Bernard Cornwell

    Death of Kings: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 6

    • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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....

    narration is horrible. great story

    The narrator, was so off in his timing it made it un-listenable. turned a gripping compelling adventure and ruined it for me.

    Reviewed on April 01 2015 by Paulcito ()
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    The Pagan Lord: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 7 | Bernard Cornwell

    The Pagan Lord: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 7

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

    I don't like the new narrator.

    I wish for the same narrator for all the books in a series. That consistency of narrator would make the story flow better.

    Reviewed on March 14 2017 by James ()
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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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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 (Bethpage, NY, United States)
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    The Empty Throne: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 8 | Bernard Cornwell

    The Empty Throne: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Matt Bates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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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.

    Entertaining

    Still a very interesting book, especially for anyone who has listened to the previous books in the series. Not as good as some of the previous books, ..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 23 2016 by Rui Ribeiro (New York)
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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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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?

    Uhtred ages gracefully

    Uhtred of Bebbanburg continues his epic life as he introduces coming generations to wisdom and power. Wounded, unable to fight in shield walls, he lea..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 11 2015 by Drake Zimmerman ()
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    Warriors of the Storm: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 9 | Bernard Cornwell

    Warriors of the Storm: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Matt Bates
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    The new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one bestselling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.B BC2's major Autumn 2015 TV show The Last Kingdom is based on the first two books in the series. A fragile peace is about to be broken…King Alfred's son Edward and formidable daughter, Æthelflaed, rule Wessex, Mercia and East Anglia. But all around the restless Northmen, eyeing the rich lands and wealthy churches, are mounting raids.

    Entertaining

    I like Matt Bates' work. He's top-notch performing this series. Cornwell should continue this series using the protagonist's soon as a new hero. Very ..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 25 2017 by C. Ian Keay (Peterborough, ON, CAN)
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    Warriors of the Storm: A Novel | Bernard Cornwell

    Warriors of the Storm: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Matt Bates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A fragile peace reigns in Wessex, Mercia, and East Anglia. King Alfred's son, Edward, and formidable daughter, Aethelflaed, rule the kingdoms. But all around, the restless Northmen, eyeing the rich lands and wealthy churches, are mounting raids. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the kingdoms' greatest warrior, controls Northern Mercia from the strongly fortified city of Chester.

    Cornwell gets still better!

    Perhaps I simply listened to the book that proceeds this one in a more distracted state; I felt after that one this story had begun to get a little ti..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 19 2016 by NW ()
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    The Flame Bearer: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 10 | Bernard Cornwell

    The Flame Bearer: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Matt Bates
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    The brand-new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one best-selling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. BBC2's major TV show The Last Kingdom is based on the first two novels in the series. From the day it was stolen from me, I had dreamed of recapturing Bebbanburg. The great fort was built on a rock that was almost an island; it was massive, it could be approached only on land by a single narrow track - and it was mine.

    Another winner

    A compelling story, wonderfully performed by Matt Bates. I need more of these stories from Bernard Cornwell!

    Reviewed on February 05 2017 by C. Ian Keay (Peterborough, ON, CAN)
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    The Flame Bearer: Saxon Tales, Book 10 | Bernard Cornwell

    The Flame Bearer: Saxon Tales, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Matt Bates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    From the day it was stolen from me, I dreamed of recapturing Bebbanburg. The great fort had been built on a rock that was almost an island. It was massive; it could be approached only on land by a single narrow track; and it was mine. Britain is in a state of uneasy peace. Northumbria's Viking ruler, Sigtryggr, and Mercia's Saxon queen, Aethelflaed, have agreed to a truce. And so England's greatest warrior, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, at last has the chance to take back the home his traitorous uncle stole from him so many years ago.

    So so

    I miss Jonathan Keeble's narration. Doesn't seem the same. But story isn't bad for an ending.

    Reviewed on December 08 2016 by Brent ()