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Publisher's Summary

The fifth novel in Bernard Cornwell’s epic and best-selling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.

BBC2’s major Autumn 2015 TV show The Last Kingdom is based on the first two books in the series.

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.

©2019 Bernard Cornwell (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the critics say

"Cornwell draws a fascinating picture of England as it might have been before anything like England existed." (The Times

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Narration is distracting

While the new narrator did a good job overall, the change was extremely jarring. I had a difficult time getting into the story, as it seemed like a completely different character; the tone of voice, the 'attitude' of the narration, name pronunciations all worked together to completely pull me out of the story.
I don't know why the change was made, but more effort should have been made to find a voice that was at least similar to the previous narrator. We go from a rough, harsh, crass and irreverent narration (which perfectly captured the character of Uhtred) to a smooth, 'posh' and polished narration that doesn't suit Uhtred at all.

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Good story. worse narriator.

I preferred Johnathan Keeble as the narrator I do not understand why a new narrator was selected, otherwise a good book.

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performance sucks

he doesn't pronounce the names right. so disappointed 😞 wish the kept the same voice.........

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Some words are miss pronounced.

I’d really appreciate the reader to research how certain names are pronounced so that it sounds authentic. Steapa sounds like steaped tea and it is pronounced stee-uppa.

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Won't be continuing this series on audible

I have been obsessed with these books from 1-4, and listened to them religiously (I'm sure Uthred would be very upset with me and my vaguely monotheistic listening to a singular book series ;) ).

Sadly, I am done listening to this series on audible with the change in narrator. He not only had no passion or vocal inflection, he clearly does not understand the character either. He mispronounces names in a book series that has them listed out phonetically at the front of the book, and he is even inconsistent with his own narration.

This is such a drop in audio quality and I have no idea how he kept his job through the rest of the series.

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Garbage narrator but amazing story.

This narrator is a huge disappointment after Jonathan Keeble. I can't believe he is doing all the rest of the series. Garbage voices. He doesn't sound like Utred at all.

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Good story, don't like the change in narrator

Change in narrator from previous books in the series. This narrator mispronounces a lot of names making it hard to follow.

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bad narrator

Previous narrator was far superior. Story feels less authentic with the new guy. He has no passion and barely changes his voice between characters

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Book 5

If you like the series you're in for more of the same, now with a new narrator who does a decent job, but it's jarring to get used to a new voice for uthred, also still no historical note as with the paper editions which is a continuing disappointment.

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A continuation to an epic tale

As always, an enthralling tale however, after listening to the 4 previous books narrated by Jonathan Keeble, you can't help but feel a tad bit disappointed by this reader. The excitement and dramatic storytelling was lacking and the different pronouncation of some names were off-putting but the story itself was so great you had to continue listening

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  • 2020-07-03

They were so good but I stop here

I wont be finishing the series because of the narrator. After listening to the first four books Jonathon, then switching to Matt Battes isn't doable.

The first 4 books were read with such compassion that in itself made them worth listening too but unfortunately Matt Battes did not live up to that. I hope he can use this going forward.

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  • Andre
  • 2022-05-26

Why would you change the reader!?

I haven't written a review in some time. Mostly because it has been written before. But here I would like to take a moment and make my utter disgust known for the change of reader that was done. Matt Bates is probably one of the worst readers I've heard. his accents are all the same, the characters lose all hitherto hard earned character growth. Women,men old and young all have the same voice....or nearly. Welsh and Irish accents are beyond Matt Bates capabilities.
This series is stunningly written, love the engaging descriptions of this far off time. BUT Matt Bates has now spoiled the series for me. I will have to gather strength before listening to the next book. I might even buy the physical book rather than the Audio,just so that I don't have to sit through this reader's rendition. How on earth can someone make a action packed battle sequence with blood and guts bore me to tears?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-02-19

Significant drop off from Keeble

Terrible narration had me abandon the series in all honesty, Keeble is a tough act to follow. Mispronounced names in bad accents after four books? Really?

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  • Russ
  • 2021-02-27

What has happened to the narration ?!

I have screeched to a shuddering halt with this series .. brought to a stop by the shield wall that is the flat monotone of Matt Bates narration and voice acting.

What a shame - very disappointed as I was so enjoying the series with the passion of Jonathan Keebles storytelling of the first four books.

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  • Francesco Pennesi
  • 2020-09-01

where is Keeble?

I was deeply disappointed by the change of narrator for the last kingdom series. Mr. Keeble was absolutely perfect. He made you feel as you were in the shield wall with Uthred. The new narrator changed all the names, which is quite annoying, and he does not have the same energy. But the greatest gap is in the fighting scenes, where it sounds too flat and bored when compared to keeble.
I loved the content of the book, but i wished the author would take more care of who narrates his books!