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In the exhilarating Saxon Tales series, Bernard Cornwell reimagines one of the most fascinating tales in all of history - the birth of England - and breathes life into the brilliant king who made it possible: Alfred the Great.

Alfred of Wessex has survived the Danish invasions, but though he now has an uneasy truce with his enemies, fresh Viking ships are arriving to plunder and enslave the Saxons. Those Vikings must be defeated, and Alfred's first move is to deny them their fortress on the Thames, the decayed Roman city of London. His weapon is Uhtred, a warrior of formidable reputation. But neither Alfred's wisdom, not Uhtred's prowess, might be enough to save Wessex when a Viking lord captures a prize of inestimable value.

©2008 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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Another great book by Bernard Cornwell! I only wish Jonathan Keeble narrated all books in this series.
Job well done

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great story

Jonathan Keeble is the only narrator fitting for this series. I will not buy the next book in the series until Keeble narrates it. For now I will buy the paper copy. Harper Audio what happened to Keeble?

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Powerful and Excellent!

Always the master of historical fiction, Bernard Cornwell writes another amazing tale of the people behind England's creation, and Jonathan Keeble is the man who brings it all to life.

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Voice of the Gods!

I love Bernard Cornwell. I am an avid historical fiction fan and he is at the top of the list.
What makes this audiobook and Pale Horseman a five star is Johnathan Keeble. He is magnificent, a superior talent for making Cornwell's words sing with Uhtred's voice.
I have more than 500 titles in my audiobook library and Keeble is at the the top of the narrator list. Perfection!!!!

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Great listen

Exciting as ever Uthred's tales continue as he fights his way through political turmoil with his swords and cunning.

Beautifully read with accents and tone enhancing the experience of the book

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Utrid for President

Another enjoyable tale with riveting combat scenes! The weave of competing loyalties and interesting history make this a great story - the rich voice of the reader makes for compelling entertainment

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Saying "Good Bye" to Keeble.

This book was bittersweet, for me. I treasured every masterful word of Keeble's narration... sad that he narrates no more in this series.

And the 'arseling' that made THAT decision was/is an idiot.

He DOES narrate other Cornwall books and when this series is over I will seek them out. There's one more horrid narrator and I will buy THAT book so as not to hear its incredible story mangled. My hands can make it through one book, surely.

The story is thrilling, vibrant, humorous (as always!) and heartbreaking. Keeble's No Holds Barred style brings you into every battle as if you are Uhtred, himself, and into moments of tenderness that only a man strong of will and heart can make alive.

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Back to expectations!

This book was far better than the last. Excellent narrating, and fat story pace. Cornwell was back at his best.

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Love the narrator - Jonathan Keeble

The story was great...kept me wanting to know what happened next. But I also think Jonathan Keeble's narration was another reason.

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Jonathan Keeble IS Uther!!

I love the series. excellent writing. The narrator takes on the persona of the audio book.
Jonathan Keeble is elder Uther that has FINALLY taking his family lands/hall.
Jonathan's voice has ran through the WHOLE if this book and helped them to see to the next step!!!

FYI, STAY WITH ONE READER FOR A WHOLE SERIES!!! Thank you.

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  • 05-14-15

As normal great story

I found it very good addition to the series look forward to the next one. Good narrative. And story line