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The master of historical fiction presents the iconic story of King Alfred and the making of a nation.
As the ninth century wanes, England appears about to be plunged into chaos once more. For the Viking-raised but Saxon-born warrior, Uhtred, whose life seems to shadow the making of England, this presents him with difficult choices.King Alfred is dying and his passing threatens the island of Britain to renewed warfare. Alfred wants his son, Edward, to succeed him but there are other Saxon claimants to the throne as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north.
Uhtred‘s loyalty – and his vows – were to Alfred, not to his son, and despite his long years of service to Alfred, he is still not committed to the Saxon cause. His own desire is to reclaim his long lost lands and castle to the north. But the challenge to him, as the king’s warrior, is that he knows that he will either be the means of making Alfred’s dream of a united and Christian England come to pass or be responsible for condemning it to oblivion.
This novel is a dramatic story of the power of tribal commitment and the terrible difficulties of divided loyalties.This is the making of England magnificently brought to life by the master of historical fiction.
©2011 Bernard Cornwall (P)2011 Harper Collins
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By C.J.R Flanagan on 01-20-14

If only it wasn't for the narration..

Bernard Cornwell's "Saxon Stories" series if fantastic. I love it.
I found this audiobook version of Death of Kings however to be extremely irritating. The reason for this was not for the actual voicing of the narrattion itself, but rather the creative licence the narrator took with character and place names. Bebbanburg became "Bamburgh", Lundane became "London". We all know that these are the modern names for these locations, but the narrators job is to read what the author has put on the page, not to add his own interpretation of what he thinks will suit the story. I especially found myself cringing every time the Perring said the name "Yoo-tred" (Uhtred).

Had it not been for this minor issue I would have awarded Death of Kings with the usual Bernard Cornwell 5 star review, and if you can get past the narration issues the book is as entertaining as always.

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By Anonymous User on 04-21-17

Better than expected

Other reviews were mentioning the lifeless acting of the reader, but I didn't feel it like that. I didn't listen to the other books, though; this is the first one in the series.

But the missing historical notes are heartbreaking.

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By Pancho on 05-11-16

So so disappointing I feel bereft

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

this is a fantastic book let down by such poor narration. Could not bear to listen to it. who in their right mind thought it would work to replace a strong Northern Viking voice like Jonathan Keeble with a weak Southern BBC type newsreader voice I feel betrayed I would never have bought it if I knew they were going to swap the narrator on the 5th book. DOn't buy it if you have listened to books 1-4.

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By TomE on 05-04-16

why change to narrator?

really like this series of books, and the narrator for the first few was perfect!

the chap who reads this just doesn't fit with the character. also in the first books the place names were all authentic from the era, as with the books, but in this and the previous audio book the place names are all updated.

disappointed

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By Anneke on 11-15-17

Great listen, quite a few laughs too.

Thoroughly enjoying this series. Look forward to the books to come of the life of Uhtred son of Uhtred.

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By C.J.R Flanagan on 02-03-14

If only it wasn't for the narration!!

Bernard Cornwell's "Saxon Stories" series if fantastic. I love it.
I found this audiobook version of Death of Kings however to be extremely irritating. The reason for this was not for the actual voicing of the narrattion itself, but rather the creative licence the narrator took with character and place names. Bebbanburg became "Bamburgh", Lundane became "London". We all know that these are the modern names for these locations, but the narrators job is to read what the author has put on the page, not to add his own interpretation of what he thinks will suit the story. I especially found myself cringing every time the Perring said the name "Yoo-tred" (Uhtred).

Had it not been for this minor issue I would have awarded Death of Kings with the usual Bernard Cornwell 5 star review, and if you can get past the narration issues the book is as entertaining as always.

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