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Author: Lars Brownworth Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2015 ISBN: 9781494584382
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In AD 793, Norse warriors struck the English isle of Lindisfarne and laid waste to it. Wave after wave of Norse "sea wolves" followed in search of plunder, land, or a glorious death in battle. Much of the British Isles fell before their swords, and the continental capitals of Paris and Aachen were sacked in turn. Turning east, they swept down the uncharted rivers of central Europe, captured Kiev, and clashed with mighty Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. But there is more to the Viking story than brute force. They were makers of law-the term itself comes from an Old Norse word-and they introduced a novel form of trial by jury to England. They were also sophisticated merchants and explorers who settled Iceland, founded Dublin, and established a trading network that stretched from Baghdad to the coast of North America. In The Sea Wolves, Lars Brownworth brings to life this extraordinary Norse world of epic poets, heroes, and travelers through the stories of the great Viking figures, including Leif the Lucky, Eric Bloodaxe, and Harald Hardrada. This riveting history illuminates the saga of the Viking age-a time which "has passed away, and grown dark under the cover of night." Download and start listening now!


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  • Reader Joe Barrett narrates brilliantly. Library Journal Audio Review

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chap | 9/2/2016

    " I am a big fan of Bernard Cornwell especially the Saxon series which led me to this book - the title in particular - The Sea Wolves. It was a decent book but I like a story behind the facts. It did, however, re-enforce everything I knew about the Vikings for Mr. Cornwell's series so it was somewhat enjoyable but not quite satisfying. "

About the Author

Lars Brownworth is an author, speaker, broadcaster, and teacher based in Maryland. He created the first history podcast, “12 Byzantine Rulers,” which Apple recognized as one of the “top fifty podcasts that defined their genres.” He has written for the Wall Street Journal and been profiled in the New York Times, who likened him to some of history’s great popularizers. His books include Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire that Rescued Western Civilization, The Normans: From Raiders to Kings, and The Sea Wolves: A History of the Vikings.

About the Narrator

Joe Barrett, an actor and Audie Award and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials.