Written By: Bernard Cornwell

Narrated By: Jamie Glover

Date: January 2005

Duration: 5 hours 31 minutes


The first installment of Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, “like Game of Thrones, but real” (The Observer, London)—the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit BBC America television series.

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 the Great, 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 is finally forced to choose sides. 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 enchanting 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.


  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    First book in another outstanding series by Bernard Cornwell. As always, the battle scenes are in depth and engaging. Great story that kept me entertained from beginning to end. Only downside is that it has a cliff hanger ending - I can hardly wait to get the sequel!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Andrew

    This was a great story and the narrator did a fantastic job capturing the personality of the characters. My only issue was that the story did not seem to end on the last CD. Maybe there is a sequal to follow?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Connie T.

    Excellent book! Love it for so many reasons. I cannot wait to start the next in the series.

  • Michael D.

    This book is super unique and well paced. It kept me interested the entire time with a very likable character. The descriptions of battles were so captivating I can’t wait to listen to the other 12 books.

  • Anonymous

    I loved this book. The character development, the plot, the way you can visualize what’s going on was amazing. The narration was wonderful. I normally don’t like narrators because they are kind of boring or they read too fast or too slow, but he did an amazing job. I’ve already started the second book.

  • Pamela Brown

    This was an awesome read. love it.

  • 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.

  • Douglas Pettibone

    Enjoyable and refreshing if you like this time frame in history

  • Anonymous

    I can't get enough of Bernard Cornwell. The story is bloody and the main character is not someone I would want living next door, but the detail is so precise and descriptive I felt like I was there. I'm only sorry that I could only get the abridged version.

  • Christopher Weakley

    While I loved the book, it seems that there is a disc missing. I cant believe that the story would end in the middle of a sentence. As always, Bernard Cornwell invokes with great realism the feeling of what it must have been like to be in the middle of combat in ancient times. His characters are human and personable. An excellent listen.

  • Anonymous

    There's no doubt Bernard Cornwell is a superb storyteller. This is a historical novel about Britain in the 9th Century, when the Danes were invading. The hero, Uhtred, is divided in loylty between the two nations. I know little of this era and feel I learned a bit about it. Readers of the Sharpe series will enjoy this

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