AD 852. For centuries the Vikings have swept out of the Norse countries and fallen on whatever lands they could reach aboard their longships, and few could resist the power of their violent onslaught. They came at first to plunder and then to settle, an encroachment fiercely resisted wherever they went.
Such was the case in the southern lands of Ireland. En route to the Viking longphort there, known as Dubh-linn, Thorgrim Night Wolf and Ornolf the Restless stumble across an Irish ship that carries aboard it a single item: a crown. The Vikings eagerly snatch the prize, unaware of its significance to the people of Ireland and the power granted to the king who wears it. Soon the Norsemen are plunged into the violence and intrigue of Medieval Ireland, where local kings fight with each other and with the invaders from the north for rule of the island nation. With enemies at every hand and loyalties as fickle as the weather, Thorgrim must lead his men, the white invaders, the Fin Gall, in the fight of their lives, with both Irish and Dane eager to see them dead.
©2012 James L. Nelson (P)2015 Tantor
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I didn't much care for the narration. It was done in almost a whisper and did not seem to change with the action. It is a good thing the story itself was exciting. Otherwise, I would have stopped listening in the first 10 minutes.
I am a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Tales. When I first saw this book I wondered how it would stack up against Cornwell. I can tell you that, while it does stand on its own, if you love Saxon Tales, you will love this book.
Overall not a bad book and well researched but the narrator has the Vikings as cockneys and his Irish accents are diabolical... And his pronunciation of Irish names is even worse, they're so badly done that even as an Irish-speaker I can't recognize them!
"Tolerable with this trick"
The story is good, not great, but good enough that I've bought the second in series. Narrator is intolerably slow however, not bad, just slow---so I used a trick I read in another audible review and upped the narration speed to 1.25 and it's great! Historically interesting about the Vikings in Ireland as well as Irish history.
"Well done historical period piece- lots of twists"
Good book...seemed to be accurate and the plot was well thought out. Almost like a mystery novel, in some respects.
"Entertaining and well-written"
The printed version is better, but I am an audio addict, so I read it both ways. The narration was slow and halting, too stilted to be a good performance. This guy is no Jonathan Keeble.
This is similar to Bernard Cornwell's Viking series.
The characters were not performed so distinct from each other that I would notice one over another.
excellent plot wonderful narrative kept me listening for hours while driving and flying many places
"had to start a couple of times"
I struggled getting started with this book. I think the reader did not do a great job differentiating the characters and I had a hard time following. I did enjoy the book though and will continue the series. by then end I was hooked by the characters.
"I couldnt finish it"
A different Narrator
I couldnt get passed 20 minutes . weirdly at the end of every sentence the narrator sounded like he was touching himself ... Even weirder was the narrators voice acting wasnt bad .. whenever he spoke as a character it was ok but as soon as he went back to the narrators voice he put on a weird pervy voice
It actually sounded like the story may have been ok .. I couldnt forgive the poor perfomance of the narrator though
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