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Excalibur Audiobook

Excalibur

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With Excalibur, Bernard Cornwell draws his Arthurian trilogy to an exciting close that will have listeners gripping their headphones.

If Arthur existed (and I am quite certain he did), then he was probably the great British war leader who won the battle of Mount Badon. No one knows where it was fought, or how it was fought, but we do know that the battle took place and it was the one great defeat inflicted on the English invaders of Britain. In Excalibur, we follow Arthur and Derfel to that enormous struggle and incredible victory. It not only throws the Saxons back, but reunites Arthur and Guinevere. He might hope now to be left alone, to have a time of peace after gaining a great victory, but new enemies arise to destroy all he has achieved. First is Mordred himself, the crippled king who owes everything to Arthur and now tries to kill his benefactor. Mordred's ally is Nimue who has come to hate her mentor, Merlin. And so the story ends as it has always ended, at Camlann... "and so my lord was gone. And no one has seen him since."

©1999 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Laurel 04-08-15
    Laurel 04-08-15
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    "An Original Story from a legend?"

    Bernard Cornwell has taken what has to be one of the best known, most loved legends of Britain and rewritten it from beginning to end. All of our best loved characters are there. The great love stories and great betrayals are all here but none of them as we have heard them before. Each character within the bounds of our expectations but never in exactly the way the songs have been sung. There is nothing that disappoints. The legend takes on flesh and shines with new threads. Even the end, while some might claim leaves the story unresolved, is completely satisfying. Cornwell is amazing, in this series more than any other, he truly earns the highest title as author, historian, and writer of our legends. Is there a Talisan award? Has he been knighted? This has to be the crowning glory of his career and life!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Adm 10-27-15
    Adm 10-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A modern masterpiece -- the definitive Arthur tale"
    Where does Excalibur rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Absolute top


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Derfel and Merlin -- incredibly nuanced characters brought to life by the uncanny narrative abilities of Jonathan Keeble


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

    Merlin -- absolutely brought to life by the narrator


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Lords of War


    Any additional comments?

    I have been an avid reader of Cornwell's Saxon Tales for the last decade, and while waiting for the latest entry in that series, I was hesitant to try this earlier trilogy, expecting to be disappointed simply because Uhtred's saga seemed almost impossible to top. Boy, was I wrong. By the end of The Winter King, I was craving more. At the end of Enemy of God, I applauded to an empty car. I am not an emotional person, but at the conclusion of Excalibur, I teared up. This is the greatest piece of modern fiction I have read. Jonathan Keeble is just as much a reason for that as the author; his unique narration of dozens of characters left me in awe. I believe this is the greatest written tale of Arthur, and with Keeble reading, it is also one of the greatest artistic performances I have ever experienced. Simply amazing.

    SHIELD WALL!!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Andre Alvarez 08-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Did not want it to end."
    What did you love best about Excalibur?

    The feeling of being there with Derfel thru the 3 novels and feeling his joy, sadness and anger.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say which has been my favorite throughout, but I would have to stick with Merlin. I enjoyed his portrayal throughout the series.


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

    He brought so many of these characters to life, giving each one a distinct feel. The emotion, contempt, anger and sadness he voiced game so much more meaning than if I would've been reading off the pages.


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

    Yes, definitely it was that engaging throughout the entire series, but also no as I did not want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this series to anyone who has been looking for something to broaden their perspective of the Arthurian legend. Obviously, one should begin with "The Winter King" and stick with it until the bitter end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Deanpeel Wilmington, DE 02-01-15
    Deanpeel Wilmington, DE 02-01-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Keeble embodies Dervel (sp?)"

    see headline. a voice well suited for the character, and a subtle, vivid performance.
    splendid. which is odd, really, because he is even better suited as uhtred of bebenburg

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    jake 08-27-17
    jake 08-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "exceptional"

    this review is for the trilogy..... keeble as narrator never disappoints. The story is well thought out out and masterfully written. starts out a bit slow but picks up and doesn't let you out of its grasp. highly reccomended.

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    Amazon Customer 07-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "WOW!"

    Amazing ending to the trilogy! Another fantastic performance by the narrator.
    Love this series, and look forward to the rest of his works.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron Monterey, CA, United States 06-26-17
    Cameron Monterey, CA, United States 06-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "really good ending to an excellent trilogy "

    Cornwall does a really nice job with this legend grounding the stories in a way that seem realistic. You really care for Arthur who becomes a tragic figure and the description of the fight scenes are great

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    Gerald R. Dever 03-31-17 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent series."

    loved every bit of the series. great stories, characters and narration. highly recommended. 5 stars.

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    Suspect 03-23-17
    Suspect 03-23-17
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    "A Perfect Trilogy"

    I've traveled throughout all 7 continents, jumped off a bridge and leaped from a plane, lived with a Shaman and surfed a 25 foot wave, thrown my fist at a man twice my age, and I've spent the past 54 hours with King Arthur in 6th Century Britain. What a fascinating adventure.
    Excalibur is a superb story written with supreme grace. This entire trilogy is a perfect vacation for the mind, especially for those minds that enjoy historical fact mixed with a touch of mystery and magic.
    Jonathan Keeble sets the bar for audio book narration—his performance is quite simply brilliant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adam 08-19-16
    Adam 08-19-16
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    "all a story of Arthur should be"

    Great and thrilling! Will listen more than once again. Cornwell knows how to pull you into the story and addict you to the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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