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The is the exciting - yet little known - story of the making of England in the ninth and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred the Great, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England's four kingdoms.

At the end of The Last Kingdom, The Danes had been defeated at Cynuit, but the triumph of the English is not fated to last long. The Danish Vikings quickly invade and occupy three of England's four kingdoms - and all that remains of the once proud country is a small piece of marshland, where Alfred and his family live with a few soldiers and retainers, including Uhtred, the dispossessed English nobleman who was raised by Danes. Uhtred has always been a Dane at heart, and has always believed that given the chance, he would fight for the men who raised him and taught him the Viking ways. But when Iseult, a powerful sorceress, enters Uhtred's life, he is forced to consider feelings he's never confronted before - and Uhtred discovers, in his moment of greatest peril, a newfound loyalty and love for his native country and ruler.

The is the exciting - yet little known - story of the making of England in the ninth and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred the Great, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England's four kingdoms.

©2005 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great Book, Great Read...but NO AUTHOR'S NOTES!

I've read every book in this series but there's a slight problem (and I've noticed this in Cornwell's "Sharpe Series" also).

Cornwell includes notes in his books at the very end. I was reminded of this when browsing a copy of "The Pale Horseman" at the library. For some reason, the author's notes aren't read at the end of the book or, at least, not consistently!

Is this just a case of the reader/performer not turning the page after reaching, "the end"?!

Seriously! Can you really call the book "unabridged" at that point?! :)

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Amazing.

Imagery is flawless. You can see every battle as it happens and you can not help but feel everything the characters go through. The apotheosis of great historical fiction

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Fabulous narration!!

Could easily keep up with the many characters due to the excellent narration. The storyline was of course great.

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The continued story of Uhtrid

A fascinating and ever exciting continue d story of Uhtrid. I could not stop listening, loved it!

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The calm of battle

Again Cornwall is truly amazing in his attention to detail within a battle and bloodlust.

Bravo!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Keeble embodies Uhtred.

Excellent plot engine design. more or less real historical events/people from a period of time left beshadowed by a lack of records given breath by a fictional characters account of what it may have been like to be a Saxon and a Dane. Think Flashman. but with greater margin for invention. Keeble perfectly embodies the characters, their language, if not always on point, illicit the feel and imagery. Very disappointed that alternate narrators chosen for subsequent books. the others aren't anywhere near the mark.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Excel ten story, top notch narration!

Again, this narrator brings the story to life in a way that makes it hard to "put this book down!"

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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captivating

this is becoming one of my favorite reads of all time
this story is so earthy , so brutal, so grounded

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Best historical fiction in a long time.

As with Braveheart this historical novel managed to inspire even us apathetical Americans into learning the origins of another country. Jonathan Keeble is a one man theater group without equal.

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  • 11-27-17

Jonathan Keeble is the best narrator alive. Period.

I’d listen to literally anything that Keeble does. The publisher needs to have him do the rest of the series.