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Publisher's Summary

A Saxon raised by Vikings. A pagan fighting for a Christian King. The conflict at the heart of a hero will be played out in the fight for England.

It is 877. Across the kingdoms of Britain the Danes are gaining strength. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, a pagan warrior, must decide who he will align with: the Vikings who raised him or Alfred, King of the West Saxons.

As the Danes make for Wessex and threaten to destroy the kingdom, Uhtred will forge an uneasy alliance with the king, to lead the last remaining Saxon army in a battle that will be a fight for the very existence of England.

©2005 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

Praise for The Pale Horseman:

"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)
"It is stirring stuff, and few writers are better qualified than Cornwell to do justice to the excitement of the times…Ninth-century Britain and a master of storytelling - it is a marriage made in heaven." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Cornwell's mastery of historical sources and his aptitude for battle scenes is well established…the language, and particularly the dialogue, is raw and unarchaic, rich in insults and Anglo-Saxon expletives." (Times Literary Supplement)

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For Odin

Jonathan Keeble brings this story to life, enhances, and builds on the solid foundation left by Cornwell. His ability to mimic the vast array of tones and accents amazed me to the last chapter. Great story, which only makes me want to read the history books. Fantastic.

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Superbly done again

Again The narrator has excelled himself in this book two of the series, I think I’ve become a great fan of Jonathan Keeble he does a brilliant job and keeps you totally intrigued and enthralled in the book with his tones, pauses and changes of voices, accents fir each different characters, It was well written and I cannot wait to listen to the rest in the series. After watching The last Kingdom it has been very interesting listening to the books of this series, again there is always more in a book. Bring on the next one

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Fantastic Master Johnathan Keeble

I have listen to the 1st 4 books and i must say Johnthan keeble makes it

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  • Conrad
  • 09-10-2016

One of the best books in many year

Nuanced characters, excellent performance, deep look into historical times. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy, history, and good story telling.

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  • Rui Ribeiro
  • 23-04-2016

Excellent

It's hard to stop listening. The story and the excellent narration grabs your attention and it's hard to put it down.
Highly recommended.

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  • Diana Boskma
  • 04-01-2018

great narrator

the narrator does an amazing job. he makes tgey characters sound properly different. the books are amazing as well as tgey writer knows very well what he's doing.

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  • PEH
  • 27-04-2016

Excellent. Brilliant performance.

If you could sum up The Pale Horseman in three words, what would they be?

A superb buy.

What other book might you compare The Pale Horseman to, and why?

The whole series and all Bernard Cornwell's books. They are credible and engaging. Full of excitement and characters you care about.

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favourite?

His performance captures the essence of Ughtred. The tone of voice expresses such emotions, and doubts. Such a shame he hasn't recorded the whole series.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Absolutely. Both for the story and the performance. (I'm now waiting for more in the series.)

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  • D I Freeman
  • 16-02-2016

Great listen

The story continues at a rapid pace with uthred torn between his loyalty to the Saxons and Earl Ragnar. This in my opinion is even better that the first book and I am starting the third book immediately. Fantastic

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  • Nahid hajialikhani
  • 17-11-2019

Great story, excellent narrator.

I'm a fan of Bernard Cornwell and really enjoyed this series. The writing skill is outstanding, characters are engaging, plot is intriguing but the best part is the depth of the research into the birth of England. Last but not least is the performance of the narrator. Jonathan Keeble is great.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-12-2020

amazing story and performance

loved the story like the first book and can't wait to get onto the next and the performance by the reader is brilliant how he does each voice making you enjoy it more

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  • Audrey McGing
  • 29-10-2020

Stunning

Wonderful story,battle descriptions are beyond brilliant,the best,can’t wait to read the next in this amazing series

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  • Anne
  • 17-10-2020

Another excellent story and performance

Another excellent Uhtred story continuing the saga, brilliant performance by the narrator bring the characters and story to life. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • sam
  • 07-10-2020

Gripping story telling

Loved it. Perfect to listen to whilst on the road. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Doulos
  • 29-09-2020

I just can't get enough!

I really enjoyed the story and the performance. It was like watching a movie. I can't wait to start the next book in the series.

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  • Mr. Alan Morrison
  • 07-06-2020

Perfect.

Phenomenal. Great book and really brought to life in an amazing way by the voice actor, brings colour to the characters and gets you emotionally involved in their lives.

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