Death of Kings : The Last Kingdom Series

  • by Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by Stephen Perring
  • Series: The Last Kingdom Series
  • 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The fate of a new nation rests in the hands of a reluctant warrior in this thrilling sixth volume in the acclaimed New York Times best-selling Saxon Tales series.
As the ninth century wanes, Alfred the Great lies dying, his dream of a unified England in danger and his kingdom on the brink of chaos. While his son, Edward, has been named his successor, there are other Saxon claimants to the throne - as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north.
Uhtred, the Saxon-born, Viking-raised warrior, whose life seems to shadow the making of England itself, is torn between his vows to Alfred and his desire to reclaim his long-lost ancestral lands and castle in the north. As the king’s warrior, he is duty-bound, but Alfred’s reign is nearing its end, and Uhtred has sworn no oath to the crown prince. Despite his long years of service, Uhtred is still loath to commit to the old king’s Saxon cause of a united and Christian England. Now he must make a momentous decision, one that will forever transform his life... and the course of history: take up arms - and Alfred’s mantle - or lay down his sword and allow the dream of a unified kingdom to fall into oblivion.

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Customer Reviews

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Love Cornwell. Hate this reader

Great story. Terrible reader. Very disappointed in the performance. And the director even more for allowing it to happen. Love the series though.
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- Bill

Excellent book & series but keep reader consistent

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely, this series is amazing. I can't wait to read the next book as well as his other series.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Death of Kings?

The culmination before the ending.


What three words best describe Stephen Perring’s performance?

I think Stephen Perring did excellent if I had listened to this book individually and not listened to all of the other books. The same reader read the first few books and they have had different readers for the last couple. Stephen's probably fell in the middle of the readers. I understand that it must be difficult to keep the reader consistent; however, I think the new reader should at least listen to one or two of the other books so that the pronunciations stay the same. In this book the characters names (including the city the main character is from) and several of the city names had different pronunciations.


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- Taj

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-17-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio