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Sword Song

The Last Kingdom Series, Book 4
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 4
Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (50 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The fourth in the best-selling Alfred series from number-one historical novelist, Bernard Cornwell.

The year is 885, and England is at peace, divided between the Danish kingdom to the north and Alfred's kingdom of Wessex in the south.

But trouble stirs, a dead man has risen and new Vikings have arrived to occupy London. It is a dangerous time, and it falls to Uhtred, half Saxon, half Dane, a man feared and respected the length and breadth of Britain, to expel the Viking raiders and take control of London for Alfred.

His uncertain loyalties must now decide England's future.

A gripping tale of love, rivalry and violence, Sword Song tells the story of England's making.

©2007 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Critic Reviews

Praise for The Lords of the North:

“Beautifully crafted story-telling, complete with splendid set-piece battles and relentless derring-do, so gripping that it rarely stops to catch a breath. It demonstrates once again Cornwell's enormous skill as a historical narrator. He would have graced Alfred's court entertaining the guests with his stories” (Daily Mail)
“Cornwell takes the spectres of ninth century history and puts flesh back on their bones. Here is Alfred's world restored - impeccably researched and illuminated with the colour and passion of a master storyteller” (Justin Pollard, author of Alfred the Great)

Praise for Bernard Cornwell:

“Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation.” (Daily Mail)
“Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched” (Observer)

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Prefer unabridged books

It was a terrific story - I was sorry when the book finished.
Jonathan Keeble's narration was brilliant. Funny, entertaining, thrilling, moving.

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Action packed

I really enjoyed this book and the series. Brilliant narration and a great work.

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Great Voice wprk

spectacularly brought to life through scented and nuanced voice acting. Much more animated than the abridged copy.

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Very good reading but ....

I was happy with the reading. The stories of Bernard Cornwell are always excellent. But where is the Historical Note? It’s an excellent and vital part of every one of these novels.

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Incredible narration

Jonathan Keeble tells this story as though you were listening to Uchtred himself, he speaks with the same emotion and broken manner of the old warrior telling his story.

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  • K. A. Wolstenholme
  • 03-04-2018

Loved it!

Once more I have been transported thanks to a great writer and brilliant narrator. Sadly, I have listened to a brief snippet of the next book and find myself torn because of the change in narrator. Jonathan Keeble brings a book and its characters to life for me, I think that a new narrator will be lacking and I will not enjoy the immersion as I normally do. Whatever the reasoning I feel it is poorly done to switch narrator part way through a series.
I may continue at a later date but for now I will savour what has come before and take a break.

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  • Ross Nevette
  • 16-08-2018

Best narration I’ve heard!

Jonathan Keeble’s performance was superb! His ability to create subtle differences in character with his voice is amazing. I was amazed at the difference in his voice between the older and younger Uhtred.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-02-2017

Keeble as narrator adds so much to the story

the story was good but Jonathan Keeble as narrator was great adding so much color to the story telling. I hope he knows how appreciated his efforts are. its amazing how much a great narrator can add to a good series.

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  • Rui Ribeiro
  • 08-05-2016

Breathtaking

Another great book in a great series. Gripping story, perfectly narrated. Battles described with amazing detail in a lively manner. Highly recommended.

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  • justin aquino
  • 11-06-2015

Awesome Performance and Story

I love the story and how it's told. Jonathan keeble is my favorite version of this.

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  • Jane
  • 26-09-2018

Another excellent story in the series

Great book, another gripping episode of the story, with the best narrator of all, in my opinion

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-11-2017

The most wonderful series

I have fallen in love with this story line, often listening for 4 or 5 hours at a time. Jonathan Keeble was an inspired and perfect choice. His execution of narration has been the best part of the series for me. If I'm right in thinking the next book won't be him I'll be very very disappointed.
The story it's self was full of battles, in all of their bloody detail.
The way in which the scenery, especially the light of night and day was beautifully described.
In conclusion this is by far my favourite series of books I've ever come across.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-10-2019

Not the best....

Bit the best in the series, beginning was okay and it gets better towards the end but the middle and most of the book is quite dull.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-09-2019

Amazing but why after this no J Keeble

Great book shouldve kept the narrator for the remaining books. What a waste of talent and enthusiasm

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  • Rachael Bird
  • 03-07-2019

Excellent

Another awesome book from the series. Fantastically narrated by Jonathan Keeble. Well worth listening to.

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  • ms abby caruana
  • 25-05-2019

Fantastic story which is wonderfully read.

I've listened and enjoyed all four books so far and think that Jonathan Keeble was made for the part. I've fallen in love with his voice. So I was so disappointed to find out that the narrator has changed for book five.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-04-2019

incredibly vivid

really enjoyed the enthralling brutality of the book, without the epic battle scenes of the previous books, the smaller more detailed skirmishes, where just as good.

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  • Deborah Seton
  • 23-02-2019

Can I finish it?

At the time of writing this review, I've read up to and including book 6 in the series and am now starting to tire a little of the main character, who seems to be rinsing and repeating.

I came to the series of books from the modern TV series, which I absolutely love and, to begin with, the books really did stand up to that and I loved them too. Whilst I'd like to see the series of books through, I don't think I will because they become too samey.

If you haven't read, I do recommend at least the first 3 books, which give you a great overall impression of Uhtred and his mates and are full of well written and enjoyable scenes.

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  • Maximus
  • 08-02-2019

Perfect narrator for the story/series.

Over the last 4 books, Jonathan Keeble has been the perfect narrator. I am hooked by the storylines and over arch, but will have to struggle through the rest as is a new voice for Utred of Bebbanburg.

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  • I Metcalfe
  • 07-12-2018

Loved it

I absolutely love the Warrior Chronicles. I hope Bernard Cornwell lives a long time and doesn't stop!