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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,738 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: January 2006 ISBN: 9780060878320
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The second 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.

At the end of The Last Kingdom, The Danes had been defeated at Cynuit, but the triumph of the English is not fated to last long. The Danish Vikings quickly invade and occupy three of England’s four kingdoms—and all that remains of the once proud country is a small piece of marshland, where Alfred and his family live with a few soldiers and retainers, including Uhtred, the dispossessed English nobleman who was raised by the Danes. Uhtred has always been a Dane at heart, and has always believed that given the chance, he would fight for the men who raised him and taught him the Viking ways. But when Iseult, a powerful sorceress, enters Uhtred’s life, he is forced to consider feelings he’s never confronted before—and Uhtred discovers, in his moment of greatest peril, a new-found loyalty and love for his native country and ruler.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Filled with bawdy humor, bloodlust, treachery and valor, this stirring tale will leave readers eager for the next volume in this Alfred the Great series.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jamie Glover narrates the historical fiction with solemnity, capturing tones of fear and exhilaration in battle and bedroom…His scholarly British voice fits the text, imparting historical veracity and fictional gravity.” 

    AudioFile

  • “Cornwell, the author of the excellent Sharpe series, displays his usual flair for providing action-packed martial history populated by a diverse array of realistically drawn characters. A crackerjack adventure tale from a master of the craft.” 

    Booklist

  • “Swords, shields, mud and blood. Great stuff, as always, from the master.” 

    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 Ryan M. Malencia | 2/19/2014

    " This book had a very strong storyline. Great action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ty | 2/19/2014

    " A wonderful historic fiction. High recommend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad | 2/12/2014

    " The Saxon series is my favorite of all Cornwell's series. If you like vikings and war, you'll love this. If not, you soon will. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 1/21/2014

    " Historical Fiction at its best "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus | 1/17/2014

    " So, I've decided that I have to read this series very slowly. The sheer enjoyment I get from the setting and the narrative is a thing to be savored and I have a very hard time savoring books as I tend to plow through one after another. This book picked up right where the last left off and was full of the same stuff I had come to expect from The Last Kingdom. I love to see how the various relationshpis change with circumstances that are forced upon Uhtred. Cornwell and O'brien have officially made me a histroical fiction fan for life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 1/8/2014

    " Read within the past two years. Not sure of completion date. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tania Easton | 1/8/2014

    " Loving the series .......... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee Green | 12/23/2013

    " I just read it again and still love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olga Levin | 11/25/2013

    " I personally got bored toward the end of this one. The first book is better. The rest of tye series after this one are well written as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 11/18/2013

    " Just finished, enjoying the series and moving thru it with great enjoyment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 10/27/2013

    " Good third installment of Cornwell's Last Kingdom series. Excellent evocation of ninth century England. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 10/21/2013

    " This is the second book in the Saxon series. Excellent! Couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 10/3/2013

    " This is an entertaining way to learn bits and pieces of British/Saxon/Danish history, but is largely made up of pillaging, revenge, & more violence than I'm used to in a book. But is was a fun read between other books that are more 'typical' for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ted | 4/28/2013

    " An Entertaining read...lots of fluff, decent character development. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Balconi | 11/14/2012

    " In book 1 - a boy becomes a man, this book he becomes a warrior. One that becomes very skilled in battle strategies. With wins and losses both as a warrior and a man - the journey brings you closer to the glory that is rightfully his. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 11/9/2012

    " England gets a little close to unification. Lots of blood and guts. Quite rousing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ninon | 11/5/2012

    " Too many names that start with "Al...." fun story nevertheless... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flavio | 11/2/2012

    " Great way to pick up some 9th century English history and be entertained at the same time. Make me want to be a viking! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 10/20/2012

    " It's hard to describe this book. It is interesting with the history. If accurate, the people of the time, including the King were not nice. Breaking contracts, not rewarding loyalty, etc. Pretty much like now. There is a lot of fighting and it is graphic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coy | 4/16/2012

    " It's a continuation of the Last Kingdom so there isn't much different to say about this one. It's a good book, worth 3.5 stars. The main character is a hard man. He's been treated harshly and this must have been how it was during that time period so one can understand it at least. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 daniel | 11/15/2011

    " A good historic read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.T. | 5/22/2011

    " Mindless violence, historical mayhem, Vikings and ancient Britons. A perfect read for a wet Sunday (or any other day). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pat | 4/24/2011

    " Tenth century Wessex with King Alfred reigning. "Realism" is overrated. No redeeming qualities in the characters, blood, gore, rape and pillage just don't make enjoyable reading for me. Plus, this reader was WAY over the top. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 3/12/2011

    " Read within the past two years. Not sure of completion date. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ice | 3/9/2011

    " Enjoyable read, with perhaps some insight into the way things might have been. Follows the usual storyline pattern we expect from Cornwall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 2/16/2011

    " Unusual for me to proceed straight on to the next in a series-I normally like to have a break. But thhis is such a promising and exciting saga, that I'm keen to follow Uhtred of bamburgh's quest! Some fabulous characters-good to learn more of Alfred the Great (who may not have been so great....) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ida | 2/2/2011

    " Great follow up on the first book, again a very honest story with a very good person in the lead, one who is torn between the to kingdoms, which is great because noone really gets to be THE enemy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 1/30/2011

    " Can't get enough of these. Psyched to move on to the Arthur books n' stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dick | 1/24/2011

    " More of Uhtred's portrait of Alfred. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malena | 1/21/2011

    " Awesome! Bernard Cornwell is brilliant! His books have constant action and are very well researched. His main character is a total stud. The storyline is captivating! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 1/13/2011

    " An enjoyable second in this series, a time in history I don't read a lot about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flavio | 1/10/2011

    " Great way to pick up some 9th century English history and be entertained at the same time. Make me want to be a viking! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robyn | 1/9/2011

    " Love a good historical fiction. Give me Danes and Saxons and some battles and victories in a book anyday. "

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About the Author
Author Bernard Cornwell

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, make him a number one bestselling author in the United Kingdom and around the world. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod.

About the Narrator

Jamie Glover was trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He has appeared on stage in productions of The Cherry Orchard and Mother Tongue. His many radio credits include Ben Hur and Sherlock Holmes, and on television he has had roles in Brother Cadfael, The Broker’s Man, and Breaking Up. His film work includes Age of Treason, which was directed by Kevin Connor.