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Publisher's Summary

With Excalibur, Bernard Cornwell draws his Arthurian trilogy to an exciting close that will have listeners gripping their headphones.
If Arthur existed (and I am quite certain he did), then he was probably the great British war leader who won the battle of Mount Badon. No one knows where it was fought, or how it was fought, but we do know that the battle took place and it was the one great defeat inflicted on the English invaders of Britain. In Excalibur, we follow Arthur and Derfel to that enormous struggle and incredible victory. It not only throws the Saxons back, but reunites Arthur and Guinevere. He might hope now to be left alone, to have a time of peace after gaining a great victory, but new enemies arise to destroy all he has achieved. First is Mordred himself, the crippled king who owes everything to Arthur and now tries to kill his benefactor. Mordred's ally is Nimue who has come to hate her mentor, Merlin. And so the story ends as it has always ended, at Camlann... "and so my lord was gone. And no one has seen him since."
©1999 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Laurel on 04-08-15

An Original Story from a legend?

Bernard Cornwell has taken what has to be one of the best known, most loved legends of Britain and rewritten it from beginning to end. All of our best loved characters are there. The great love stories and great betrayals are all here but none of them as we have heard them before. Each character within the bounds of our expectations but never in exactly the way the songs have been sung. There is nothing that disappoints. The legend takes on flesh and shines with new threads. Even the end, while some might claim leaves the story unresolved, is completely satisfying. Cornwell is amazing, in this series more than any other, he truly earns the highest title as author, historian, and writer of our legends. Is there a Talisan award? Has he been knighted? This has to be the crowning glory of his career and life!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Adm on 10-27-15

A modern masterpiece -- the definitive Arthur tale

Where does Excalibur rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Absolute top

Who was your favorite character and why?

Derfel and Merlin -- incredibly nuanced characters brought to life by the uncanny narrative abilities of Jonathan Keeble

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favorite?

Merlin -- absolutely brought to life by the narrator

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Lords of War

Any additional comments?

I have been an avid reader of Cornwell's Saxon Tales for the last decade, and while waiting for the latest entry in that series, I was hesitant to try this earlier trilogy, expecting to be disappointed simply because Uhtred's saga seemed almost impossible to top. Boy, was I wrong. By the end of The Winter King, I was craving more. At the end of Enemy of God, I applauded to an empty car. I am not an emotional person, but at the conclusion of Excalibur, I teared up. This is the greatest piece of modern fiction I have read. Jonathan Keeble is just as much a reason for that as the author; his unique narration of dozens of characters left me in awe. I believe this is the greatest written tale of Arthur, and with Keeble reading, it is also one of the greatest artistic performances I have ever experienced. Simply amazing.


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