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A story of love, war, loyalty and betrayal, Excalibur begins with the failure of Lancelot's rebellion and the ruin of Arthur's marriage to Guinevere. The Saxons, sensing the disunity of the Britons, seize the chance to destroy Arthur. The climax of the war comes with the legendary triumph at Mount Badon, and Arthur`s great victory. But the promises he made then come back to haunt him after the years of peace and glory.

©1997 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishing Limited

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Amazing story told by an amazing narrator

If you love a gripping, action packed, fantasy with dark twists and life-like characters this is a must. I finished these three books over three months driving to and from work. You won't regret taking the time to hear Johnathan Keeble bring these timeless characters to life.

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Perfect Voice Performance

I really enjoyed this, the Warlord Chronicles Trilogy, but especially because of Jonathan Keeble's excellent performance. He was the perfect choice for narrator, does a wonderful job with the various characters and really brought the story to life for me.

The Chronicles are a richly detailed work, which takes some time to get into and can be slightly demanding as a reader. But Cornwell, read by Keeble, subtly weaved all the many strands together making a tale that hums in the memory and makes one wish for a time that probably never existed in this particular way.

I know I'll be listening to these again.

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A beautiful marriage

Such a gripping imaginative and thoughtful take on the story and read so beautifully and intelligently. A transporting experience.

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  • Lee
  • 04-10-15

"Now Complete"

Any additional comments?

Having read previous reviews I was put off from buying the book, but I was desperate to finish the trilogy as I've enjoyed it so much. So I contacted Audible, and following checks they informed me the issue of it being cut short had been resolved. Which I can now confirm having listed to the book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • The Wolf
  • 03-13-15

Good finish

Where does Excalibur rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top. The narration is excellent but the story isn't as good as the previous book in this series.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything is finally tied up in the series and, although lots of people die, there's always an element of humour that means things never get too maudlin or depressing.

What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

He really sounds like he's enjoying the story and ACTING the part of storyteller rather than just some passive reader.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Don't think I cried (like I did with Enemy of God!) but I laughed a few times i'm sure.

Any additional comments?

Other reviewers have stated that this isn't the whole story, it cuts out before the end and leaves a big gap. Well, Audible must have sorted it because the whole thing is here now so please don't be put off if you want to hear this story!<br/><br/>Steven A. McKay, author of Wolf's Head and The Wolf & The Raven

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • 08-12-14

Cut short

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Having the entire story read

Any additional comments?

Audible have missed out the last few chapters like they did with LOTR:Return of the King where they missed out the appendices.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Mike
  • 07-22-14

A trilogy that stops before the end???

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I loved the book (and the previous two) but it ended in the middle of nowhere!<br/>

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It's almost as though part of the recording is missing.<br/>The first & second parts of the trilogy are split into three parts - this is only split in two.<br/>Such a shame because it ruins a very good story

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Steve56
  • 11-21-16

good story I enjoyed very much. exiting. relaxing

good exiting story I enjoyed very much. exiting. relaxing. a good story to pass each evening

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew
  • 05-26-16

Brilliant end to a fantastic story

Not just a trilogy of battles but a full story that grips you from the start.

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  • Martin
  • 08-29-14

This recording is incomplete

A good yarn well narrated but completely ruined by the premature ending. This recording is missing a big chunk from the end of the story, made even worse because this is the final book of a trilogy. It's like getting towards the end of one thousand page book only to find the last 30 pages have been ripped out.

I have contacted audible about this problem, as have others, but this title continues to be available in its truncated format. (14 hrs and 58 mins)

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Matt
  • 09-03-14

Cut Too Soon

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Although as excellent as the other books in the series, this recording has been cut short for some reason, denying us an ending to the story and ruining an otherwise wonderful listening experience across a gripping trilogy.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ms Jane Feasey
  • 09-24-17

Spectacular

This trilogy is amazing. I have read the books but was thrilled to find them on unabridged audio. I absolutely loved having them read to me and Jonathan keeble is a master story teller. I do not have a single criticism of either the story or the narrator. I am in awe of derfel Cadarn. If this was a true history (lets say yes!) And time travel was possible, I'd be there. But near the back.... and with more bathing....

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  • Elliot
  • 09-21-17

beautiful

what an amazing book. from start to finish loved every single moment of it. thank you

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  • Clive Batchelor
  • 09-07-17

Awesome story and escape into Arthurian legend.

Loved this book and series, really managed to escape and feel a part of the story. Great narration.