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Publisher's Summary

The fifth novel in Bernard Cornwell’s epic and best-selling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.

BBC2’s major Autumn 2015 TV show The Last Kingdom is based on the first two books in the series.

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.

©2019 Bernard Cornwell (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Enjoyed the storyline however the change of narator from the first 4 books was a poor decision.

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Probably my least favourite in the series

It was a good story but it just didn’t keep me riveted like the last ones. To be honest I’m not sure if it’s the story itself or the new/different narrator. The narrator does a good job but is so bland in comparison to the narrator in the first lot of books. He was truly amazing and brought such life to the book. This narrator is still pretty good but it’s just not the same.

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Wish they hadn't switched narrators

This narrator was nowhere near as good as the previous. He was real real obstacle in finishing the book for me.

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Not happy Jan

Very unhappy that you changed who was reafing the series... To the point i stopped listening. Very unhappy indeed.

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Tough with the change of narrator

good story as always. but the change in narrator from previous books makes it hard to get into my previous rhythm. accents aren't as good and pronunciation of names has changed. but stick at it because it's still such a good book

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Utred of Bebbenberg

Really enjoyed this third book in the series. Utred is the magnificent hero, a complex, likeable Saxon brought up by Danes.

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Another great Outred adventure

I thoroughly enjoyed Jonathon Keeble's narration of the first three books of the series, and reading reviews of Matt Bates' narration of the subsequent books left me doubting whether to continue on with Outred's journey. I am so glad that I did. Matt Bates' nartation is just as enjoyable. He brings life and animation to the characters and story with a style that, while not as animated, loud and enthusiastic as Mr Keeble's, I find very easy to listen to and I quickly sink into the story. For all of those deciding whether to continue on wirh the series, I say get your helmets and chainmail on, sharpen your swords and form a battle shield for a totally epic ride.

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Good book pity about the narrator

Good story but the narrator left a lot to be desired. Should have kept jonathan keeble!!!

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  • Duncan
  • 03-07-2020

They were so good but I stop here

I wont be finishing the series because of the narrator. After listening to the first four books Jonathon, then switching to Matt Battes isn't doable. The first 4 books were read with such compassion that in itself made them worth listening too but unfortunately Matt Battes did not live up to that. I hope he can use this going forward.

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  • stephen
  • 12-11-2019

Disappointed..... gave the book back!

The first For books were great you could have believed there was written and read by a sword wielding blood spitting Warrior but now they feel like they are getting read by a very annoyed accountant. The narrator hasn’t got a clue about what he is reading characters that are from Devon Wales and Northern England all sound the same. There’s just no enthusiasm there when Matt bates is reading the script. the word dull comes to mind. And to find out that this narrator is going to read every book in the series from now on has caused me to call it quits on book number 5. I won’t be going any further which is a shame as Bernard Cornwell is a brilliant writer.

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  • Thorne7
  • 30-09-2019

New narrator hasn't got it

It's such a shame that they changed the brilliant Jonathan Keeble, who read the first four books. Matt Bates reads in rather flat monotone, struggles with accents and pronounces the names differently. Keeble on the other hand, bought humor, warmth and ferociousness to his voices. He didn't just read the books, but acted them out with energy and gusto. The stories were much more vivid when he was the narrator. I think i'll stop with this book, which is a shame, as I was really enjoying the Last Kingdom series. I'm sure Matt Bates would be fine for non-fiction narration, but he was poorly cast in this case.

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  • Felix
  • 28-11-2019

New voice actor

They replaced the voice actor, the new one is monotone and not as good at accents. He makes the characters dull.

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  • Lucas
  • 21-11-2019

DO NOT DOWNLOAD!!

The chap who takes over from Johnathan Keeble is a truly awful narrator!! He mispronounces key characters names, has no ‘punch’ when describing key areas of battle, something his predecessor did excellently and is actually boring! My love of this series died about three hours into this book because of one man. Matt Bates. Thanks.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-2019

miffed

I found it difficult to get used to the change in narrator. while coming to terms with this, I then had to get used to the different name pronunciation. I am confused as to why you would change halfway through a series, but imagine there was a good reason.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-01-2020

The burning land

Was disappointed with this book I can’t understand why The first four books were read by Jonathan Keeble and then we changed the Narrator didn’t and couldn’t relate to the story teller at all

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  • veronica lewis
  • 15-01-2020

Absolutely awful

Matt bates has completely ruined an amazing series. Monotone can't pronounce characters names properly battles scenes are awful. Will not be listening to the rest of the books not worth wasting my credits on. An obviously no one at audible is bothering to take notice of what people think.

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  • tuck
  • 22-11-2019

need to have Jonathan keeble,!

Matt Bates is simply terrible at voicing Uthred, if you like the three previous audio books read by keeble, you will most likely not enjoy this. Gutted as loved these audio books

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-2020

Narrator

Awful narration. There must have been some reason to change the narrator during the series but could he and the producers not familiarise themselves with the previous versions so that they pronounced the character names the same! Completely changed the story due to lack of consistency.

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  • Rex-kramer-danger-seeker
  • 16-12-2019

Still superb

I know a lot of people have been put off by the change of narrator, but come on people it’s still a great story and I think that after the first chapter you’ll get used to Matt Bates narration of it. Give it a chance. I’m straight onto book 6 now

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