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Author: Bernard Cornwell Narrator: Jonathan Keeble Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Warrior Chronicles / Saxon Tales Release Date: December 2014 ISBN: 9780062393746
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This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England's four kingdoms.

The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex, Alfred's kingdom and the last territory in English hands, Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane. He certainly has no love for Alfred, whom he considers a pious weakling and no match for Viking savagery, yet when Alfred unexpectedly defeats the Danes and the Danes themselves turn on Uhtred, he has to decide which side he is on. By now he is a young man, in love, trained to fight and ready to take his place in the dreaded shield wall. Above all, though, he wishes to recover his father's land, the magical fort of Bebbanburg by the wild northern sea.

This thrilling adventure—based on existing records of Bernard Cornwell's ancestors, depicts a time when law and order were ripped violently apart by a pagan assault on Christian England, an assault that came very close to destroying England altogether. This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England's four kingdoms.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Enthralling…the desperate, heroic struggle of Alfred ‘the Great’…against the seemingly invincible Vikings.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Enter Cornwell’s vividly drawn ninth-century Kingdom … after this dip into the Dark Ages, we want to go back.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Intoxicating…Thrilling…Cornwell conveys the disquiet of change and the melancholy of extinction as few historical novelists manage to.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Highly recommended…another great historical series in the making.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “This is a solid adventure by a crackling good storyteller.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Masterful…[An] irresistible epic adventure…Cornwell deserves praise for his mesmerizing narrative finesse and his authentic historical detailing.”

    Booklist

  • “Cornwell…makes the usually gloomy ninth century sound like a hell of a lot of fun.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Bernard Cornwell, born in London, worked for the BBC and Thames Television before coming to the United States to write full time. His sweeping historical novels, including the acclaimed Richard Sharpe series and many more, make him a number one bestselling author in the United Kingdom and around the world. He is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling Saxon Tales series, which serves as the basis for the hit television series The Last Kingdom.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Keeble, winner of four AudioFile Earphones Awards, combines his audio work with a busy theater and television career. He has been featured in over six hundred radio plays for the BBC, appearing in everything from Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes to Doctor Who and The Archers, in which he played the evil Owen. As an Earphones Award–winning narrator, he is in high demand for his voice work. He has recorded over two hundred audiobooks.