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The Last Kingdom

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Bernard Cornwell

Narrated By: Jamie Glover

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: February 2005

Duration: 5 hours 26 minutes

Summary:

From Bernard Cornwell, the New York Times bestsellings author whom the Washington Post calls "perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today," comes a saga of blood, rage, fidelity, and betrayal. In the ninth and tenth centuries, King Alfred and his heirs fought to secure the survival of the last outpost of Anglo-Saxon culture by battling the ferocious Vikings, whose invading warriors had already captured and occupied three of England's four kingdoms.

In A.D. 866, Uhtred, a boy of ten and the son of a nobleman, is captured in the same batle that leaves his father dead. His captor is the Earl Ragner, a Danish chieftain, who raises the boy as his own, teaching him theViking ways of war. As a young man expected to partake in raids and bloody massacres of the English, he grapples with divided loyaties, torn between Ragnar, the warrior he loves like a father, and Alfred, whose piety and introspection leave him cold. It takes a terrible slaughter and the unexpected joys of marriage for Uhtred to discover his true allegiance-and to rise to his greatest challenge.

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  • 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.

  • 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