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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 Stories Release Date:
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From Bernard Cornwell, the New York Times bestselling author whom the Washington Post calls “perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today,” comes a saga of blood, rage, fidelity, and betrayal.

In the ninth and tenth centuries, King Alfred and his heirs fought to secure the survival of the last outpost of Anglo-Saxon culture by battling the ferocious Vikings, whose invading warriors had already captured and occupied three of England’s four kingdoms.

In AD 866, Uhtred, a boy of ten and the son of a nobleman, is captured in the same battle that leaves his father dead. His captor is the Earl Ragnar, a Danish chieftain, who raises the boy as his own, teaching him the Viking ways of war. As a young man expected to partake in raids and bloody massacres of the English, he grapples with divided loyalties, torn between Ragnar, the warrior he loves like a father, and Alfred, whose piety and introspection leave him cold. It takes a terrible slaughter and the unexpected joys of marriage for Uhtred to discover his true allegiance—and to rise to his greatest challenge.

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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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