• Wulf the Saxon

  • A Story of the Norman Conquest
  • By: George Alfred Henty
  • Narrated by: Jim Hodges
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (119 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Bring history back to life through Jim Hodges' historically accurate, exciting, and edifying audio recordings.

When Harold Godwinson is crowned king of England in 1066, William of Normandy contests his right to be king because of an oath Harold had earlier sworn to support William's own acquisition of the throne. Henty's treatment of this critical time in history of the English people is even-handed, and his portrayal of Harold Godwinson - a king much neglected in our day - is a sympathetic one. Wulf of Steyning, a young Saxon thane in the service of Earl Harold, accompanies him on his fateful trip to Normandy and takes part in the Welsh wars, the Battle of Stamford Bridge, and the Battle of Hastings. Growing to manhood in such tumultuous times, Wulf's fidelity and honor earn him the respect of all he serves.

The Henty Historical Novel Collection, written by George Henty in the 1800s, covers many time periods in history throughout the world. In this collection you will learn history, geography, and vocabulary while also discovering hero characters for your children to emulate.

Public Domain (P)2011 Jim Hodges Productions

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bad narrator

The performance of the narrator is bad. really bad re-record it please. this guy should read children's stories

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Another Henty History Lesson In Novel Form

Jim Hodges delivers a nice rendition of "Wulf the Saxon" with apropos inflection and dramatization. It is good to see there are more! Awesome story for building character and instilling values in young men-in-training, or a right-rousing read for slightly older adventurers.

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Horrible

This is the worst narration I have ever heard. Unbearable! The story may have been fine, but I couldn’t get 5 minutes in due to the completely botched narration.

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Unable to move past the reader’s performance

It’s a so-so story, but four chapters in and I absolutely cannot bare to listen to this goober reading as if it’s a children’s book. Terrible voice impressions, weak acting, unconvincing emotion, and generally sounding like a disinterested kindergarten teacher.

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good story, bad narrator

The story was pretty good, but I struggled through much of it, as the narrator read it like a children's story.

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Narrator is awful

I couldn’t even finish the first chapter. The story might be wonderful, but I will never know.

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Sing-song Narration

After thirty-minutes, I was done. The narrator’s children’s book inflections are not used for emphasis, the ARE his style. Cloying. I felt, irrationally I admit, to feeling demeaned. If you were in love with your kindergarten teacher and miss story time, you’ll love this. For the rest of us...

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wulf the saxon

I felt that the choice for performer was very wrong . he is a good performer, but his voice was so wrong for the story. it needed a more manly voice. I listened to the audio book.

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It felt like all the same things happened on repeat

I’ve really enjoyed a lot of GA Henty‘s books, but this one wasn’t one of my favorites. There’s lots of exciting things that happen in the story, but still it felt like the same type of stuff kept happening. I always love how Henty gives the main character so much honour and integrity and he always has good ideas and upholds chivalry and justice etc., but it felt a little unrealistic. And too much time was given to Lady Edith, when you wish there would’ve been more about Wulf and Agnes, they just tack it on at the very end saying oh yeah and they got married and live happily ever after basically.

The guys that lost their arms really bothered me, I feel like they focussed on that a little too much for a book geared towards kids. Of course you know these battles were brutal and so awful, but still it is a book that’s geared towards teens.

And the narrator’s voice even though he’s a great narrator is just hard to listen to, I wish there was some other narrators that did more of his books. Overall I’d say it just wasn’t that great, and there’s other ones of his that I have enjoyed a lot more.

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Clean Story! Good for Teens!

Really enjoyed listening to this. Learned something about Saxons and their cultural perspective. Give it a try!

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  • 02-15-22

So boring

I had such high hopes for this book from the description and I really love this era of history but the narrator was wrong for it somehow and it was so boring that I just couldn’t finish it!

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  • 09-05-22

Irritating Narrating Voice

Can't take the fast talking, and the American accent was out of place for a story set in the England

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  • 02-13-22

Role Models of Old

The novel tells an epic tale indeed. Beyond that though, the morality displayed by some of the heroes is encouraging, instructive, and heat-warming. Most of the characters in the book had some obvious flaw or made some mistake or other; but in constraint to the constant insistence of modern media that no one does good things for truly good reasons, the characters frankly declare their noble intentions and their reservations, yet often act rightly.

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  • sue
  • 02-14-19

Sue

I did not like the reader.the story was ok. The story style is dated. Okay

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