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 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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Great series ruined by narrator

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you haven't listened to earlier books in this series you may not be disappointed withis one however I hated the narration. Almost no distinction in voice for each character, seemed very dull in comparison to earlier books in the series naration and I hated the way the old English town names had been changed to modern. I found it hard to listen to since I love the author and all I could do was think about how I hated the naration and unnecessary changes. And to top it off the historical notes at the end of the book were missed.


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

The best parts of these books are Bernard Cornwell's fabulous one liner wit and also the description of the battle scenes are very vivid.


What didn’t you like about Stephen Perring’s performance?

Horrible horrible horrible - nuff said !


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Mainly disappointment due to the naration differences from the earlier series books. Difficult to follow the story with such monotone reading and I wanted to scream every time Uhtred came from Bamburgh and not Bebbanburg


Any additional comments?

Why the changes. I was so excited to see the book in Audible, I can't say I regret buying it since I love the series so much but was left feeling cheated, what a shame.

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- Amazon Customer

Not the right narrator

What did you love best about Death of Kings?

Uhtread is back! Always a great story!


How did the narrator detract from the book?

Clearly he did not listen to the previous books, or study up on pronunciation. IIt was SO distracting to hear him pronounce it You-tread, of Bambray, not Utread of Bebenbergh. The pronunciation was so distracting that I got lost several times in the story, because I was trying to figure out which character or location he was describing. Perring has a great voice, but after listening to the deep, sonorous voices of previous narrators, I didn't connect this narrator to my image of the main character.


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- Lakisha

Book Details

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