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A Saxon raised by Vikings. A pagan fighting for a Christian King. The conflict at the heart of a hero will be played out in the fight for England.

It is 877. Across the kingdoms of Britain the Danes are gaining strength. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, a pagan warrior, must decide who he will align with: the Vikings who raised him or Alfred, King of the West Saxons.

As the Danes make for Wessex and threaten to destroy the kingdom, Uhtred will forge an uneasy alliance with the king, to lead the last remaining Saxon army in a battle that will be a fight for the very existence of England.

©2005 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

Praise for The Pale Horseman:

"Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation." (Daily Mail)
"Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched." (Observer)
"It is stirring stuff, and few writers are better qualified than Cornwell to do justice to the excitement of the times…Ninth-century Britain and a master of storytelling - it is a marriage made in heaven." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Cornwell's mastery of historical sources and his aptitude for battle scenes is well established…the language, and particularly the dialogue, is raw and unarchaic, rich in insults and Anglo-Saxon expletives." (Times Literary Supplement)

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One of the best books in many year

Nuanced characters, excellent performance, deep look into historical times. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy, history, and good story telling.

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Excellent

It's hard to stop listening. The story and the excellent narration grabs your attention and it's hard to put it down.
Highly recommended.

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  • Diana Boskma
  • 01-04-18

great narrator

the narrator does an amazing job. he makes tgey characters sound properly different. the books are amazing as well as tgey writer knows very well what he's doing.

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  • PEH
  • 04-27-16

Excellent. Brilliant performance.

If you could sum up The Pale Horseman in three words, what would they be?

A superb buy.

What other book might you compare The Pale Horseman to, and why?

The whole series and all Bernard Cornwell's books. They are credible and engaging. Full of excitement and characters you care about.

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favourite?

His performance captures the essence of Ughtred. The tone of voice expresses such emotions, and doubts. Such a shame he hasn't recorded the whole series.

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

Yes. Absolutely. Both for the story and the performance. (I'm now waiting for more in the series.)

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  • D I Freeman
  • 02-16-16

Great listen

The story continues at a rapid pace with uthred torn between his loyalty to the Saxons and Earl Ragnar. This in my opinion is even better that the first book and I am starting the third book immediately. Fantastic

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  • Nahid hajialikhani
  • 11-17-19

Great story, excellent narrator.

I'm a fan of Bernard Cornwell and really enjoyed this series. The writing skill is outstanding, characters are engaging, plot is intriguing but the best part is the depth of the research into the birth of England. Last but not least is the performance of the narrator. Jonathan Keeble is great.

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  • Kraetah
  • 04-02-21

Hooked Again

I really can't flaw Cornwell and his story telling. He's keeps you engaged all the way through and provides thrill and drama to boot. Also made me laugh out loud at the "walk of Shame" scenario at the start haha. Book 3 will be purchased.

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  • FOsi
  • 03-21-21

The Best!!

Fantastic and vivid narration! Felt like I was watching a movie. Loved every single minute of it. Starting the book 3 straightaway.

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  • 03-17-21

fantasticly written and produced

Brilliantly written, such depth within the story and surpsingly relatable characters.

expertly narrated, immersive experience.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-14-21

Narrator amazing

The range of voices the narrator was able to draw upon made this really memorable

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  • Ollie
  • 02-23-21

love all these books

this is the third time I'm listening to these books although they are not historically accurate they do instill the idea of thing's happening like this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-01-21

Brilliant

This was a brilliant story bought to life by Jonathan Keeble. I can’t imagine anyone else reading this story to me. Consequently I’m going to to the old fashioned thing and buy the next book and read it. No offence mean to Mark but Jonathan played his part(s) well.

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  • MHarg
  • 12-14-19

For Odin

Jonathan Keeble brings this story to life, enhances, and builds on the solid foundation left by Cornwell. His ability to mimic the vast array of tones and accents amazed me to the last chapter.
Great story, which only makes me want to read the history books. Fantastic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-09-19

Superbly done again

Again The narrator has excelled himself in this book two of the series,
I think I’ve become a great fan of Jonathan Keeble he does a brilliant job and keeps you totally intrigued and enthralled in the book with his tones, pauses and changes of voices, accents fir each different characters,
It was well written and I cannot wait to listen to the rest in the series.
After watching The last Kingdom it has been very interesting listening to the books of this series, again there is always more in a book.
Bring on the next one

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  • 06-20-20

Fantastic Master Johnathan Keeble

I have listen to the 1st 4 books and i must say Johnthan keeble makes it