The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom

Downloadable Audiobook - 2005
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Uhtred is an English boy of 9th century Northumbria, orphaned at ten, adopted by a Dane and taught the Viking ways. Yet Uhtred's fate is bound up with King Alfred, who rules over the last English kingdom, after the Danes overrun the other three. That war, with its massacres, defeats and betrayals, is the background to Uhtred's childhood, and leaves him uncertain of his loyalties. After witnessing a slaughter, he joins the English side just as the Danes launch their fiercest attack yet. Marriage ties him further to Alfred's kingdom, but when his wife and child vanish during a Danish invasion, Uhtred is driven to face the greatest Viking chieftain in a battle beside the sea, and there he discovers his true allegiance.
Publisher: [North Kingstown, R.I.] : BBC Audiobooks America, 2005
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780792744245
Additional Contributors: Sellwood, Tom
Call Number: eAudio

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Sep 28, 2014

I think this is the first in the Saxon series which I've greatly enjoyed in print - now I'll revisit with audio. Except any that David Case reads - just cannot abide that reader.

Sep 13, 2014

Why do we not have the complete works of Bernard Cornwell on downloadable audio books?
His stories are both captivating and educational. Please consider ordering the several Series that he wrote, The Sharpe Series, The Viking Series, The Archer Series, and the Saxon Series. He also wrote a series about the US Civil War, sorry I don't recall the name.
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Jun 14, 2014

This is a very exciting & realistic historical novel of the times of Alfred the Great beginning from 866 to 877 as seen through the eyes and mind of Uhtred son of Uhtred of Bebbanburg. As with the best of historical fiction, the author has well researched the historical material, paints pictures of the notable historical characters, but uses his imaginative speculation to provide a more complete description of the life of a Saxon living at this time. He chooses as the hero of the story the boy Uhtred who is captured by the invading Danes after having watched as his family is wiped out and his inheritance lost. This allows the author to sympathetically describe the Danes and their culture, politics, and aspirations. Later Uhtred enters the service of Alfred. King Alfred's situation and methods to deal with his situation are puzzled out by Uhtred with growing but grudging respect as Uhtred matures to become a husband, father, and a warrior. The author has an engaging writing style that places the reader in the middle of the battle with shield wall facing shield wall or some other situation. The audio rendition really adds to the tone and color to the story.


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