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In the last years of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in failing health, and his heir is an untested youth. The Danes, who have failed so many times to conquer Wessex, smell opportunity....

First comes Harald Bloodhair, a savage warrior leading a Viking horde, who is encouraged to cruelty by his woman, Skade. But Alfred still has the services of Uhtred, his unwilling warlord, who leads Harald into a trap and, at Farnham in Surrey, inflicts one of the greatest defeats the Vikings were ever to suffer.

This novel, the fifth in the magnificent series of England's history tells of the final assaults on Alfred's Wessex, that Wessex survived to become England is because men like Uhtred defeated an enemy feared throughout Christendom.

©2009 HarperCollins Publishers (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Rob
  • 26/07/2016

Narrator change sucks

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen Perring?

Jonathan Keeble

Any additional comments?

Changing the narrator for this series was a mistake. Stephen Perring changes the pronunciation of characters and locations throughout the book.

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  • Rui Ribeiro
  • 08/05/2016

Great story, poor narration

The story is on par with the earlier books in the series - compelling, gripping, in a word, excellent. The narration, however, is much worse than that of Jonathan Keeble's in the first four books. It's not just the much poorer ability to "act" the characters, it's also the amazing difference in pronouncing names.
I don't know who evaluates who should narrate what, but the difference is appalling. Stephen Perring detracts from the story, while Keeble made it much more compelling, added value to it. What a shame.

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  • Alfred
  • 02/10/2017

NO! Stephen Perring

I really do not understand why Audible will have a best seller in The Last Kingdom and narrated by Jonathan Keeble then half way through the series change narrator to Stephen Perring.

Apologies Stephen but you should never have taken on this book. Not only does the pronunciations of the names change but the whole story feels foreign. Uhtred of Bebbanburg is the "War Lord" but now with Stephen Perring he sounds like a 14 year old boy with nothing in it to make him the "Lord" Jonathan Keeble has grown him to be.

I had to backtrack a couple of times to understand when Stephen pronounced Gisela and Finan..

No No No, I will stop after struggling through the first chapter of "The Burning Land" and have the enjoyment of the first 3 books to fall back to.

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  • Garrett Prestage
  • 17/07/2017

Shame about the narration

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen Perring?

Jonathon Keeble

Any additional comments?

These books are terrific. The story-telling and characterization are highly entertaining. But, I have to agree with everyone else that the change of narrator is very disappointing. Jonathon Keeble brought these characters to life in a way that Stephen Perring can't. It isn't just that the readers are used to Jonathon Keeble's narration style, although that's true and should be reason enough for the sake of honoring the audience. Jonathon Keeble has clearly also put a lot of effort into the characterization, and the overall tone - another narrator might be able to copy much of that, with some effort, although that clearly was not the case. But the main issue is that Jonathon Keeble has a way of delivering his narration that probably not everyone can replicate. His delivery is roughly spoken in a way that we can believe might have been how Saxons and Danes could have sounded. Stephen Perring is probably a lovely fella - that's the thing, he sounds too 'nice' and it detracts from the storytelling.

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  • Steven
  • 25/06/2017

Good book

As usual, this book was great; a shame they changed voice actors for this book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13/05/2017

Stephen Perring gives a terrible narration

What did you love best about The Burning Land?

Great book that continue the fascinating story of England in the 9th century

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen Perring?

Jonathan Keeble was an amazing narrator. His voicing, delivery and accents was a work of art in the previous books. Peering has terrible delivery, virtualyl no charge in voicing between characters, changes the pronunciation of place names and characters.

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  • cokebaby
  • 30/03/2017

Shame about the narrator change

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Stephen Perring is not a bad narrator. In a contemporary novel, or something about a high-born English nobility type, his voice would probably seem very fitting. Compared to Jonathan Keeble's performance, where each character's personality was defined by their own unique voice as much through the narrator as by the author, Perring's performance just seemed pale and lifeless. Still an interesting continuation of the series. Don't be put off reading it.

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  • Michael
  • 27/04/2016

Please bring back Johnathan Keeble

What didn’t you like about Stephen Perring’s performance?

There are 4 excellently narrated books in this series - plenty of opportunity for Stephen Perring to understand the character and place names established by the original narrator Johnathan Keeble. It is extremely disruptive to change narrators in the middle of a series. If it is unavoidable - not clear in this instance - then the LEAST the narrator and publisher should do is make the transition as smooth as possible. Stephen Perring made NO effort to ensure consistency of the pronunciation of character and place names. This is extremely irritating and very disappointing. It doesn't take much to do a little homework. Please take more care. This is a great series. I was planning to listen to all of it. Now I am not so sure. I see that there is another transition ahead to yet another narrator. Can I bear to listen to 12 more hours of Stephen Perring? We'll see.

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  • Andri Valur
  • 09/11/2017

At first irritating with different narrator, but..

At first mr. Perrings narration really bothered me, after listening to the first four books, narrated by the brilliant mr. Keeble. But after awhile you start to really appreciate mr. Perrings storytelling performance and can't stop listening.

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  • Murray
  • 17/10/2018

Getting a little bit repetitive.

I like all things Cornwell but the series is getting a bit repetitive. Same narrative on the battles. I think I will give it a miss for a while.

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  • Reitsamer Philipp
  • 15/02/2018

Dafuck why change the name of bebenburg to bambra

Würden Sie es noch mit einem anderen Hörbuch von Bernard Cornwell und/oder Stephen Perring versuchen?

bokks are good though why the fuck u would change some names in the middle of a series is beyond me

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