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In the last years of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in failing health, and his heir is an untested youth. The Danes, who have failed so many times to conquer Wessex, smell opportunity.... First comes Harald Bloodhair, a savage warrior leading a Viking horde, who is encouraged to cruelty by his woman, Skade. But Alfred still has the services of Uhtred, his unwilling warlord, who leads Harald into a trap and, at Farnham in Surrey, inflicts one of the greatest defeats the Vikings were ever to suffer. This novel, the fifth in the magnificent series of England's history tells of the final assaults on Alfred's Wessex, that Wessex survived to become England is because men like Uhtred defeated an enemy feared throughout Christendom.
©2009 HarperCollins Publishers; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Rob on 07-26-16

Narrator change sucks

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen Perring?

Jonathan Keeble

Any additional comments?

Changing the narrator for this series was a mistake. Stephen Perring changes the pronunciation of characters and locations throughout the book.

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By Rui Ribeiro on 05-08-16

Great story, poor narration

The story is on par with the earlier books in the series - compelling, gripping, in a word, excellent. The narration, however, is much worse than that of Jonathan Keeble's in the first four books. It's not just the much poorer ability to "act" the characters, it's also the amazing difference in pronouncing names.
I don't know who evaluates who should narrate what, but the difference is appalling. Stephen Perring detracts from the story, while Keeble made it much more compelling, added value to it. What a shame.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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By AdeG on 10-10-14

Where is Jonathan Keeble?

Where does The Burning Land rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have listen to this series of books from the start, one after the other and love the story so far. But I was shocked to find out they had changed the narrator. Which is like changing the main characters in a film half way through. Totally disappointed as love the way Jonathan Keeble portrayed the characters. I'm so disappointed I cant listen to it any more.

How could the performance have been better?

Got Jonathan Keeble to narrate it.

Any additional comments?

Dont change the narrator half way through a series.

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By Kindle Customer on 01-21-15

Change of narrator

After 4 books with the same narrator, you get used to the accents and pronunciation of names and you are familiar with the characters. Suddenly on Book 5 there's a new Uhtred, with new companions with different accents! Very disconcerting.

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By Thomas on 06-05-17

Bring back Jonathan Keeble

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narration of this great story is what lets it down. The earlier books had the amazing performances of Jonathan Keeble, who breathed life into the stories and was an absolute pleasure to listen too. Unfortunately, Stephen Perring's rendition doesn't measure up at all. Of particular annoyance is the inconsistency in pronunciation of names and places; most notably Uhtred of Bebbanburg. Stephen's voice is soft and the accent haughty. It lacks the passion found in the earlier books.

Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen Perring’s performances?

I believe I have to in order to finish the Last Kindom/Saxon Stories series.

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By Amazon Customer on 10-26-16

Gods save us from inconsistent narrators

Great story, woeful narration. If I wasn't so interested in the story would have quit.

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