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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (12,442 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard Cornwell Narrator: Jamie Glover Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Warrior Chronicles / Saxon Tales Release Date:
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The first installment of Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, “like Game of Thrones, but real” (The Observer, London)—the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit BBC America television series.

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 the Great, 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 is finally forced to choose sides. 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 enchanting 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A terrific read. Cornwell really makes history come alive, and no one writes better battle scenes. He has another winner on his hands.”

    George R. R. Martin, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Vividly drawn…Cudgel us crazy, but after this dip into the Dark Ages, we want to go back.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A solid adventure by a crackling good storyteller.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrating as Uhtred, Glover brings alive both the boy and the wiser man, foreshadowing without giving too much away...[The Last Kingdom’s] take on loyalty and its historical detail are fascinating.”


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


  • “Cornwell’s no-fail mix of historic tidbits and good-humored action makes the usually gloomy ninth century sound like a hell of a lot of fun.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wynter | 2/15/2014

    " Historical fiction about the Danes invasion of England...It was very good, though a bit violent. I look forward to book #2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael Heath-Caldwell | 2/14/2014

    " Bernard Cornwell's book looking at the Viking invasion of Britain and giving a new interpretation on the rule of Alfred the Great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jered | 2/5/2014

    " High entertainment that pierces, occasionally, the borders of good literature, like a Danish raid into West Saxon lands. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brandon | 2/2/2014

    " This is the book that launched me into my favorite all around series. The prose never gets too deep, but you can't help but sympathize with Uhtred and his divided loyalties. "

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