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Sword Song Audiobook

Sword Song: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 4

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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

What the Critics Say

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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    "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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    Rui Ribeiro 05-08-16
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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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    justin aquino 06-11-15
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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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  • eatough1999
    Northumberland, UK
    8/20/17
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    "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
    7/31/17
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    "Enjoying this series "

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sollenbum
    6/29/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/4/17
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    "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
    London, UK
    5/9/17
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    "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
    london
    5/6/17
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    "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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  • Sean A. Mcmanus
    4/11/17
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    "Excellent"

    Another brilliant book bought the rest of the series in the Easter Sale
    On to the next one. Jonathan Kemble makes you feel as though you are actually there

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/21/17
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    "So many detailed fights "

    My impression is that detailed descriptions of swordfights are filling more and more of these books the further into them we get. And so I zoom out more and more from listening. If you like hearing descriptions of weapons and where and how they hit the opponent, this book is certainly for you. It is also told repeatedly how the main characters two swords are best used. Yawwwn!
    I will get the next book though, and hope we get out of this rutt. First book was better.

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  • Sophie Bennett
    Everywhere
    1/16/17
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    "always a good read"

    once again Bernard Cornwall delivers. This epic tale of a time lost in the mists of time, brings to life people that are just names in the history books. And once again Jonathon Keeble brings these words to roaring life. his passion and voice melding to create ambience and keep you listening.

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  • darran
    1/2/17
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    "Another absolute corker from Bernard Cornwell"

    There are a couple of different versions of this out there but this and the other 3 books narrated by Johnathan Keeble are the best, I just wish he had done all 10 of the Uhtred Books!

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