The Burning Land : The Last Kingdom Series

  • by Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by Stephen Perring
  • Series: The Last Kingdom Series
  • 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- Rob

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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- Rui Ribeiro

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2009
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited