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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.

Uhtred arrives in the north to discover rebellion, chaos, and fear. His only ally is Hild, a West Saxon nun fleeing her calling, and his best hope is his sword. Needing other allies, he chooses Guthred, a seemingly deluded slave who believes he is a king. Together they cross the Pennines to where a desperate alliance of fanatical Christians and beleaguered Danes form a new army to confront the terrible Viking lords who rule Northumbria. Instead of victory, Uhtred finds betrayal. But he also discovers love and redemption as he is forced to turn once again to his reluctant ally, Alfred the Great.

A breathtaking adventure, Lords of the North is also the story of the creation of modern England, as the English and Danes gradually become one people, adopting each other's languages and fighting side by side.

Ready for battle? Don't miss the rest of the Saxon Chronicles Series, including The Last Kingdom (Book 1), The Pale Horseman (Book 2), and Sword Song (Book 4).
©2007 by Bernard Cornwell; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

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"Cornwell...breathes life into ancient history with disarming ease, peppering it with humor and even innocence." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • 09-22-07

Fantastic Story, find a new reader...

This is a great story and following in what is become an excellent series. Cornwell's other series - Grail Quest is also very good. I downloaded this one in anticipation of continuing the enjoyment of the first two read by Jamie Glover (especially since it was unabridged), but was sadly disappointed to hear the reader chosen to follow the first two. His accent is pure 1870 London and completely distracts from the tone and feel of a story set in the late 800's when Dane and Saxon vied for control of England. The reader of the first two (which unfortunately were in abridged format, but great nevertheless) gave a feeling of being there in battle with Uthred - this time one has the feeling of being in a pub in London waiting for another round... :-)

I am in the process of downloading the abridged version of the book at the moment so that I can continue the story. That said, this is a great series and I HIGHLY recommend all of the Cornwell books, the Grail Quest and Saxon Shores series in particular.


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Narrator Change

The new narrator's voice for the Danes sounds like a mix between the Count from Sesame Street, a bad Italian or French accent, and maybe a dash of Swedish Chef. Extremely distracting!

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Please have Jonathan re-read this book

Please bring Jonathan Keeble back. The guy who reads this book has the worst voices and everyone besides Uhtred sounds like a woman. He makes the Danes sound like happy go lucky Mario women (yes referring to Italian Mario brothers). The book itself is FANTASTIC. However it is hard to enjoy because this dudes voice is annoying. Uhtred sounds like he is basically annoyed with everyone he talks to. Honestly disappointed with the performance but love the story.

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Inferior Narrator

This narrator (Selwood) wasn't nearly as good as the guy who read the first couple of books in the series (Keeble). Every character ends up sounding whiney or Scottish. But the story, as always, is very engaging.

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Hummm

This tale did not have equal the first and second books in this series, which was due to the tale itself or the narrator. There was not intrigue or suspense in the telling. I can not understand the reason for changing narrators mid series, when the narrator of the first two books received such high praise from listeners.

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betrayal and revenge is a dish best served cold

What made the experience of listening to Lords of the North the most enjoyable?

since i have mirgrains now i have to listen to books it was a wonderful book the twist and turns thr betrayal

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lords of the North?

when utread became a slave

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

you actually get a voice so you dont have to wonder what words are in there natural dielict

If you could rename Lords of the North, what would you call it?

the danes battle to concure england

Any additional comments?

love this series of novels i hope bernard keeps writing them

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I didn't know I liked war?

Where does Lords of the North rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

For over a year I've looked for books on western culture about England, Scandinavia, the movement of people, what it was like, and what character of people shaped our history. I've listened to so many books and then I found Cornwell's series. This is the best of this series so far... however, I think that same thing at the end of each book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lords of the North?

Uhtred's rumination on Alfred's character and the "aha" moment as he credited Alfred worthy of honoring because Alfred was under the authority of a God who demanded the best of him and who demanded that he always strive to become a better person.

Which character – as performed by Tom Sellwood – was your favorite?

Gisela is my favorite. She is strong, knows what she wants, and what a gutsy, stealthy thing she did in shadowing along to conquer the fortress -- unbeknownst to Uhtred. She knew Uhtred would return against all odds.

If you could take any character from Lords of the North out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Uhtred has an ironic side that equals Guthred's sweet side.

Any additional comments?

Great series

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  • Hunter
  • Huntsville, AL, United States
  • 09-13-13

Another great story!!!!

Uhtred finds himself back in the fold again in book three.. The bad part is he never sees it coming.To be betrayed by a trusted friend is the worst kind of betrayal but you cant keep Utred down.For two years he is a slave and then you see what kind of warrior Uhtred is.NEVER GIVE UP UHTRED...

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  • G.Monie
  • Bethpage, NY, United States
  • 06-21-13

The Best series B. Cronwell wrote in my Opinion

The only main reason I would wait a bit longer is to see if audible 1. gets all the series unabridged & close to one narrator... otherwise, the series so far, at Book 6 is ridiculously good if u are into strong medieval war, early Lord/Knight 'dark ages' after the Roman Empire...

I don't think I have to add anything for anyone who already knows his style of historical fiction . Ultred continues his 'blood feud' with the narration of John Lee, that gives it +'s over. I love the analogy of Tee 'nailed god' as it was described at the time compared to Odin, Ragnarock, Valhalla, & Thor left religious theology.

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Fantastic narration for a Fantastic book

This is the first Cornwell book I've listened to. I loved books 1 and 2 in print. Tom Sellwood's narration is incredibly well done. The accents he uses really bring life to the characters. My only disappointments were to learn that book 4 is not on Audible and that Tom Sellwood is not narrating any other books in the series.

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