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Publisher's Summary

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.

His uncertain loyalties must now decide England's future.

A gripping tale of love, rivalry and violence, Sword Song tells the story of England's making.

©2007 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Critic Reviews

Praise for The Lords of the North:

“Beautifully crafted story-telling, complete with splendid set-piece battles and relentless derring-do, so gripping that it rarely stops to catch a breath. It demonstrates once again Cornwell's enormous skill as a historical narrator. He would have graced Alfred's court entertaining the guests with his stories” (Daily Mail)
“Cornwell takes the spectres of ninth century history and puts flesh back on their bones. Here is Alfred's world restored - impeccably researched and illuminated with the colour and passion of a master storyteller” (Justin Pollard, author of Alfred the Great)

Praise for Bernard Cornwell:

“Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation.” (Daily Mail)
“Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched” (Observer)

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Loved it!

Once more I have been transported thanks to a great writer and brilliant narrator. Sadly, I have listened to a brief snippet of the next book and find myself torn because of the change in narrator. Jonathan Keeble brings a book and its characters to life for me, I think that a new narrator will be lacking and I will not enjoy the immersion as I normally do. Whatever the reasoning I feel it is poorly done to switch narrator part way through a series.
I may continue at a later date but for now I will savour what has come before and take a break.

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Best narration I’ve heard!

Jonathan Keeble’s performance was superb! His ability to create subtle differences in character with his voice is amazing. I was amazed at the difference in his voice between the older and younger Uhtred.

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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 are. its amazing how much a great narrator can add to a good series.

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Breathtaking

Another great book in a great series. Gripping story, perfectly narrated. Battles described with amazing detail in a lively manner. Highly recommended.

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Awesome Performance and Story

I love the story and how it's told. Jonathan keeble is my favorite version of this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-21-17

The most wonderful series

I have fallen in love with this story line, often listening for 4 or 5 hours at a time. Jonathan Keeble was an inspired and perfect choice. His execution of narration has been the best part of the series for me. If I'm right in thinking the next book won't be him I'll be very very disappointed.
The story it's self was full of battles, in all of their bloody detail.
The way in which the scenery, especially the light of night and day was beautifully described.
In conclusion this is by far my favourite series of books I've ever come across.

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  • Mrs T M Early
  • 06-14-18

Enjoying the series

I found that the narrator was very good at bringing the story of Utred to life, seeming to take on this character as though retelling his own life. I found that when listening to certain parts I had to wait to hear the end of a particular part due to the way the narrator was making the story come to life.

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  • Cerebum
  • 04-03-18

excellent.

Bernard Cornwell's books are always beautifully researched and this series has been brought to life impeccably. time to download the next one.

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  • 01-30-18

Sadly my last audible book of this series

I've read that Jonathan Keeble won't be narrating any more so it's back to reading for me

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  • eatough1999
  • 08-20-17

Brilliant

Have thoroughly enjoyed Keeble bringing this book alive and the three previous. I venture forth into book 5 with a new narrator...why oh why do the publishers change narrators..four books in and Keeble embodies the books and now a new narrator for 5&6 and then another change. Normally on seeing different narrators in a series puts me off even starting a series..I am however hooked on the story line... into the fray then!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-31-17

Enjoying this series

The last hour of this book is indescribably good!
Almost sad that I've finished it.

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  • Sollenbum
  • 06-29-17

Entertaining fictional history

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this book to readers who are interested in listening to a fictional tale in a historical context.

What did you like best about this story?

I like that this period of English history has been under-represented in fictional accounts. Nice to hear something a little different.

What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

Nice that the various dialects are reflected in the reading. Better than if the whole book had been read in RP.

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

One sitting is a bit extreme, but it was nice to listen to it in big chunks so that the details of the plot didn't disappear because I forgot what happened.

Any additional comments?

Historical fictional is often targeted at men or women. This series is probably targeted a little more towards men, because it dwells on battles and strategy more than on romantic relationships. There is romance, though, but it seems like a deliberate choice that it doesn't wallow in it. So the effect is that it is a nice shift from the female point of view, which is common in many books of historical fiction.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-04-17

Amazing

It just gets better and better as the series goes on. the character and world setting improves with every word. Gripping enough to leave you wanted more and more

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  • Atif Jung
  • 05-09-17

Jonathan Keeble brings the characters to life!

JKs performance is incredible. He gives each character its own voice which he gets spot on and thus in turn truly gives life to the characters. It's clear that he puts a great deal of effort in his performance and the books truly benefit from it. The first 4 books have all been read by JK and for each one his fantastic performance is faultless. But for some reason the publicist has decided to change narrators for the remaining​ books and judging by the reviews I've read so far the performance is just not upto scratch. JK is truly missed.

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  • gdjmason
  • 05-06-17

intriguing to say the least!

loved it can't wait to see what happens next, brutal and thought provoking, oh for a time machine so I could witness those long ago Times and lives for myself.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-01-18

Incredible narration

Jonathan Keeble tells this story as though you were listening to Uchtred himself, he speaks with the same emotion and broken manner of the old warrior telling his story.

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  • Lisa Hayes
  • 04-14-17

Prefer unabridged books

It was a terrific story - I was sorry when the book finished.
Jonathan Keeble's narration was brilliant. Funny, entertaining, thrilling, moving.