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Lords of the North Audiobook

Lords of the North: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 3

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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

What the Critics Say

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

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    scott 12-02-07
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    "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 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.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas West Nyack, NY, USA 07-03-07
    Thomas West Nyack, NY, USA 07-03-07
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    "Excellent historical fiction"

    This is one of the best adventure/historical fiction novels I have come across. A reputation shared by many of Mr. Cornwell's stories.

    In addition, the reading is second to none. I can not emphasize this enough. The reader is 100% spot on for the characters, and particularly the main character. There are always those who will criticize accents, but for the average listener, they reflect the characters and a pleasure to listen to.

    I see the reader (his name escapes me now) has very few credits to his name. I can only hope that the rest of this series goes to audiobook (Unabridged, do you hear me! Unabridged) with him at the microphone. I will buy every one.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 06-17-16
    Sharon 06-17-16
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    "I miss Jonathan Keeble"
    What made the experience of listening to Lords of the North the most enjoyable?

    I am enjoying the Saxon series and enjoy hearing further adventures of Uthred.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I am sure he would have been a good narrator for any other adventure series. However the only narrator that can really do justice to this series is Jonathan Keeble.


    Any additional comments?

    If you ever have the rest of the Saxon series narrated by Jonathan Keeble I am sure I will purchase them again. He is does an amazing job with this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andre Freire Sao Paulo 06-29-15
    Andre Freire Sao Paulo 06-29-15
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    "Very good"

    Excellent book, excellent performance :-)
    I prefer Johnatan Kibble (I got used to his voice in the first novels), but Tom is a great voice also.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Bellflower, CA, USA 05-24-09
    Frank Bellflower, CA, USA 05-24-09
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    "Perfection"

    Cornwell does it again. The Saxon Stories are a great addition to his long list of masterpieces. As usual, he pulls no punches. This is gritty, bloody reality in 9th century England. You will not be disappointed.

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    Aaron 01-17-17
    Aaron 01-17-17 Member Since 2014
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    "narrator is the worst. Johnathan Keeble is the man"

    wow! quite possible the worst narration I've heard yet!!. he just about ruined the whole series for me. Keeble is in the next book but I'm stopping after that until Keeble does the whole series. Tom Sellwood should go read children's books and leave these novels to real men!

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    Dewayne Walker 08-26-16 Member Since 2011
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    "They need to stop changing the narrator"
    Would you listen to Lords of the North again? Why?

    No. It's a great novel. I'll probably read it before I listen to it again.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The only thing the narrator could have done better is be the original narrator: Jonathan Keeble. Please STOP changing narrators. Once you get used to a voice over the course of three novels, it is really hard to associate that character with another voice.

    Especially in a book that told in the 1st person perspective.


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    David 08-09-16
    David 08-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Bring back Johnathan Keeble"

    the story is by far the most rewarding in the Last Kingdom series. However the audio book suffers from bland and lack luster delivery. This is especially disappointing after recently listening to Johnathan, who completely sells the books for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glynn 07-18-16
    Glynn 07-18-16 Member Since 2008
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    "What were they thinking?"

    A great story continuing the "Saxon Series" ruined by the poor choice of narrator. Sellwood has emasculated Uhtred, reducing the grizzled, feared shield wall warrior of Keeble to a wimpy, petulant schoolboy. Should have heeded the reviews and read the print version.

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    NN 07-01-16
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    "Terrible narration"

    I purchased the Last Kingdom with Audible and absolutely loved it. This prompted me to get the next book in the series, the Pale Horseman. It was narrated by the same person who was incredible. This persuaded me to get the Amazon Audible membership so I could have access to more books and most importantly continue with the wonderful Cornwell series. Unfortunately the narrator for this third book in the series is awful, and I mean it - really awful. I can't believe how bad he is and don't understand why the third book wasn't narrated by the person who did the first two. Since the previous Audio books I got were often narrated by the author this was a new experience for me and I'm really disappointed. A bad narration can change your whole appreciation of what is otherwise an excellently written story (hence the one star here - I could get bast 15minutes). I'll be asking for my money back...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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