The Last Kingdom, Bernard Cornwell
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The Last Kingdom

Author: Bernard Cornwell

Narrator: Jonathan Keeble

Unabridged: 13 hr 28 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Harper Audio

Published: 12/02/2014

Genre: Fiction - Historical

Synopsis

This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England's four kingdoms.The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex, Alfred's kingdom and the last territory in English hands, Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane. He certainly has no love for Alfred, whom he considers a pious weakling and no match for Viking savagery, yet when Alfred unexpectedly defeats the Danes and the Danes themselves turn on Uhtred, he has to decide which side he is on. By now he is a young man, in love, trained to fight and ready to take his place in the dreaded shield wall. Above all, though, he wishes to recover his father's land, the magical fort of Bebbanburg by the wild northern sea.This thrilling adventure—based on existing records of Bernard Cornwell's ancestors, depicts a time when law and order were ripped violently apart by a pagan assault on Christian England, an assault that came very close to destroying England altogether. This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England's four kingdoms.

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Reviews Write A Review

AudiobooksNow review by Jonathan on 2008-06-02 10:01:04

Don't bother with this abridged version read by Jamie Glover. The full length version read by Tom Sellwood is far, far better. This is simply too good a book to be needlessly shortened and read without any charm or flair. Go for Tom Sellwood's unabridged MP3 version!

AudiobooksNow review by Jonathan on 2008-06-02 10:02:30

Don't bother with this abridged version read by Jamie Glover. The full length version read by Tom Sellwood is far, far better. This is simply too good a book to be needlessly shortened and read without any charm or flair. Go for Tom Sellwood's unabridged MP3 version!

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