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The Last Kingdom

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Bernard Cornwell

Narrated By: Jonathan Keeble

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: December 2014

Duration: 13 hours 31 minutes

Summary:

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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  • Rhonda K

    I rarely love a book enough to write a review, but wow, where do I start? Meticulous historical research. Brilliant storytelling. Excellent character development. I'm listening to the recorded version and the narrator, Jonathan Keeble, is beyond awesome. Five stars for this title, hands down. I've already downloaded the second book in the series and I will probably be obsessively "reading" Bernard Cornwell for months.

  • Nikki H

    One of the best narrators I've ever listened to, narrating one of the best historical fiction books ever, by one of the greatest authors. So yeah. I enjoyed it :)

  • Mark Nicholson

    Very much enjoyed the story and the narrator was very good with with the many accents. Looking forward to continuing the series.