Sword Song : The Last Kingdom Series

  • by Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
  • Series: The Last Kingdom Series
  • 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Enjoying this series

The last hour of this book is indescribably good!
Almost sad that I've finished it.
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- Amazon Customer

Entertaining fictional history

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this book to readers who are interested in listening to a fictional tale in a historical context.


What did you like best about this story?

I like that this period of English history has been under-represented in fictional accounts. Nice to hear something a little different.


What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

Nice that the various dialects are reflected in the reading. Better than if the whole book had been read in RP.


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

One sitting is a bit extreme, but it was nice to listen to it in big chunks so that the details of the plot didn't disappear because I forgot what happened.


Any additional comments?

Historical fictional is often targeted at men or women. This series is probably targeted a little more towards men, because it dwells on battles and strategy more than on romantic relationships. There is romance, though, but it seems like a deliberate choice that it doesn't wallow in it. So the effect is that it is a nice shift from the female point of view, which is common in many books of historical fiction.

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- Sollenbum

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-05-2014
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited