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The Burning Land Audiobook

The Burning Land: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 5

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Publisher's Summary

In a clash of heroes,the kingdom is born. At the end of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in ill health; his heir, an untested youth. His enemy, the Danes, having failed to conquer Wessex, now see their chance for victory. Led by the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair, the Viking hordes attack. But Uhtred, Alfred’s reluctant warlord, proves his worth, outwitting Harald and handing the Vikings one of their greatest defeats. For Uhtred, the sweetness of victory is soon overshadowed by tragedy.

Breaking with Alfred, he joins the Vikings, swearing never again to serve the Saxon king. Instead, he will reclaim his ancestral fortress on the Northumbrian coast. Allied with his old friend Ragnar--and his old foe Haesten--he aims to invade and conquer Wessex itself. Yet fate has different plans. The Danes of East Anglia and the Vikings of Northumbria are plotting the conquest of all Britain. When Alfred’s daughter pleads with Uhtred for help, he cannot refuse her request. in a desperate gamble, he takes command of a demoralized Mercian army, leading them in an unforgettable battle on a blood-soaked field beside the Thames.

In The Burning Land, Bernard Cornwell, “The reigning king of historical fiction” (USA Today), delivers a rousing saga of Anglo-Saxon England--an irresistible new chapter in his thrilling Saxon Tales, the epic story of the birth of England and the legendary king who made it possible.

©2010 Bernard Cornwell (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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    JohnE Dale City, VA USA 09-27-16
    JohnE Dale City, VA USA 09-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I got used to Jonathan Keeble"
    Would you listen to The Burning Land again? Why?

    Yes - I enjoyed the story and the narrator was ok.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is very descriptive just like the earlier books of the series. There was an allusion to something I never expected - if it is indeed true, then I am stunned and disappointed in the element of the storyline, but everything else was great.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No. The narrator's dynamics (in particular, his emotion) was not up to snuff. There was an event in this story which would have crushed Uhtred's heart (1st person narrative) - you never felt the anguish that should have been there.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Audio publishers - if you have a great narrator, commit the series to them. They know the books, the characters, and have established the listener's expectations. It's like book publishers changing the author of a long running series (Fleming, Ludlum, Clancy) - readers lose interest because it just isn't the same.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Frederick Hall NJ 04-27-16
    Frederick Hall NJ 04-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Mr Miyagi meets William Shatner"

    Horrible narrator... I ended up asking for a refund and skipping this book. I have no idea why Lee was chosen but may Odin show mercy.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob 10-30-16
    Jacob 10-30-16
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    "why did they change the narrator"

    John Lee did a good job it is just hard to a just after hearing the same narrator in previous books ( Jonathan keeble)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine O'Brien 10-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    the story was rewarding but the oration was pitiful. I was disappointed. find someone else

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Evalina eastern sea 02-29-16
    Evalina eastern sea 02-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Bernard Cornwell's is amazing as always. I did not enjoy the reader from the first paragraph!"

    The Saxon books are a wonderful read and so I am now listening to them through Audible. Thankfully John Lee reads only one of this series. His fast staccato style wasn't inductive to a relaxing listen. Perhaps he should have studied Frederick Davidson's amazing narrations.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ICarryOn 03-07-17
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    "Changing narrators frequently is NOT a good idea"

    Adjusting to the reading speed and voice patterns of different narrators is one thing, but it is a different matter to have to struggle to recognize the names of key protagonists, which some narrators read completely differently. It is very annoying and takes away from the listening experience of the otherwise great story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Vance 11-04-16
    Dave Vance 11-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story, wrong Narrator."

    Like others have said, it's a great story, but the Narrator is not right for it. I wish Jonathan Keeble Narrated all the books in the series. None of the others have come close.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Provo, UT, United States 10-20-16
    Elizabeth Provo, UT, United States 10-20-16
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    "Stop switching the damn narrator!"

    The story was pretty good, but this is the third narrator so far. It is hard to imagine a viking warlord sounding like a British gentleman. So, now I'm left wondering if it is even worth continuing this series or not.

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    Brian Goulet 03-14-16
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    "Good stuff, especially narration."

    On minor quibble with the series so far is that different narrators pronounce names quite differently from each other and it can be confusing for a bit until you get used it.

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    T. Naughton California 03-08-17
    T. Naughton California 03-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator ruins it"
    Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

    Absolutely not.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    After Jonathan Keeble, this narrator is a huge disappointment. When Keeble reads, you imagine Uhtred sitting by a fire and telling you his life story. It's lively. There's emotion and passion and humor. When this guy reads, you imagine someone with a book in his hand, reading quickly and flatly, as if he just wants to get it over and done with. He reads battle scenes as if reciting a grocery list. No sense of rising excitement -- no sense of excitement at all, in fact. Apparently trading sword blows with Danish Vikings is a ho-hum sort of thing, judging by the reading. The text says "'Shield wall!' I yelled." ... but the narrator doesn't even bother to raise his voice on the words "Shield wall." Seriously? Did the words "I yelled" not provide a clue on how to read the sentence?

    The story is good, but I doubt I'll be able to endure 11 hours of this flat, passionless delivery. Makes me wonder who listens to some of these readers and decides to hire them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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