Death of Kings : The Last Kingdom Series (Saxon Stories)

  • by Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by Stephen Perring
  • Series: The Last Kingdom Series (Saxon Stories)
  • 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- C.J.R Flanagan

Shame on you Harper Audio

As usual, the story was amazing. But the series began with a 10/10 narrator and Harper audio decided to swap him out for a 2/10 narrator who took liberties in not only pronunciation but in changing names of people and places completely. To say the listeners were confused is an understatement. Apparently the next in the series is a third narrator. Let's hope he does a better job...
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-29-2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited