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King Hereafter

Narrated by: David Rintoul
Length: 40 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett.

It is the 11th century, and Europe is full of young kings - some dreaming of new civilisation, some content to live as their forefathers have done, and all ceaselessly fighting, befriending or betraying one other.

Such is the world of the real Macbeth, part Christian, part Viking, who has the imagination and determination to move himself and his people out of a barbarian past and into flowering nationhood. In this brilliant re-creation of his life we see him as a man of extraordinary courage, wit and skill - utterly self-reliant yet profoundly in love with woman he marries - a pirate of the sea yet a prince with the foresight and passion to set him apart from other men.

©2017 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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The Real Macbeth?

It requires grit but so worth it! Grit because of the wealth of the historical political detail that brings 11thC Europe to life. A fascinating story, based on meticulous research of the real Macbeth and a heart wrenching romance.

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  • S. Woods
  • 06-21-19

A masterpiece.

One of the best books I have ever read. This is a huge work, with what seems like hundreds of characters. At its core is Thornfinn/McBeth and follows him from preteen through to King of Scotia and his slow, wonderful relationship with his wife Groa. It is a beautiful, dense, intricate, bloody and beautifully crafted work. The battle scenes are mesmerising. I have read Dorothy Dunnett took 6 years to research it. It shows.

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  • Bettym
  • 02-20-19

Magnificent

King Hereafter is Dorothy Dunnett's longest book and the one of which she was most proud. It is backed up by 5 years of meticulous research into eleventh century Europe. From that research she developed the theory that Thorfinn Earl of Orkney and Macbeth King of Alba were one and the same person, with Thorfinn his norse name and Macbeth his christian name. The depth of the research shows in the book which is dense with detail and description, but also with the kind of wild adventures that Dunnett does so well - running the oars in Chester is a wonderful example. The core of the story is the powerful love between Thorfinn/Macbeth and his wife Groa which, as it must, ends in tragedy. I have read the book in the past but found David Rintoul's wonderful narration added an extra dimension, not the least in making the norse,celtic, breton, saxon etc names familiar to the ear. Dunnett's dense and beautiful prose is not always easy to read but this is a masterclass.

This is an extraordinary story, beautifully told, which needs concentration but repays that a thousandfold. Enjoy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-19-19

A masterpiece of writing read with great skill

Not for the fainthearted, long and complicated but well worth the effort. Beautifully read and despite the fact that you start listening knowing how things will end for Thorfinn/Macbeth the story has one of the most poignant endings of any novels I have ever read. I had read the book before listening to it, both satisfying in their own way.
I love Dorothy Dunnett 's work and look forward to listening to both the Lymond Chronicles and House of Niccolo.

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  • Leigh O'Connor
  • 03-27-19

The most beautifully read book - captivating.

I think it is fair to say that Dorothy Dunnett is not an easy, fluffy author. Her books are meticulously researched and written with keen intelligence and a rare talent. King Hereafter is not a lightweight read, and as much as I love Dunnett, I did struggle to get going with the paper book. David Rintoul's reading of this book is, without doubt, one of the finest things to have ever entered my ears. It takes a few chapters to start to get into the story - to begin to know Thorfinn - but you are soon drawn into this fascinating and brutal era of Vikings, Anglo Saxons and Normans. Orkney, Alba and the other historic regions of The British Isles, and the familial links, rivalries and allegiances with other countries in Scandinavia and further across Europe are the canvas on which this story is told. I loved it, and it has certainly opened my eyes to this period in history just prior to the crowning of Harold Godwinson and his soon followed defeat by William of Normandy at the Battle of Hastings. Praise to David Rintoul for delivering this remarkable book so exquisitely.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-31-19

boring

not a patch on the Niccolo and Lymond chronicles. far too much suffocating and uninteresting detail

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  • Heather Schlusemeyer
  • 07-27-19

Fabulous

The reader breathes even more life than is already written into this fabulous recreation of a period of history little known and yet underlying our modern lives with its violence, nepotism and political and religious manoeuvring. The author's 'novel' premise is that Macbeth and Thorfinn the Mighty are the same person and its a fascinating idea.
I am about half way through the audible book, having read this in the past and loved it. The richness of description, the depiction of the lives of Saxons, Norse, Gaels, Picts, Bretons and Normans, along with the changes relating to the belief systems of the Irish church versus the Holy Roman Empire and church versus the disappearing pagan world are astounding.
At the heart of it is the love story of two strong, clever & vital characters, Macbeth and his wife Ingeborg/Margaret/Groa/Gruach.
I love the way Dorothy Dunnett uses the character Lulach as the voice of history.
David Rintoul does a terrific job with his rhythmic narration including the extraordinary variety of names and places.
A desert island book for me.