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Publisher's Summary

Caught up in the power struggle between two kings, powerless to stop the bloodshed and compelled to take a side, this is a powerful tale of loyalty, war and the struggle to survive.

The first book in a brand-new series, The Last Kingdom is set in England during the reign of King Alfred.

Uhtred is an English boy, born into the aristocracy of ninth-century Northumbria. Orphaned at 10, he is captured and adopted by a Dane and taught the Viking ways. Yet Uhtred's fate is indissolubly bound up with Alfred, King of Wessex, who rules over the only English kingdom to survive the Danish assault.

The struggle between the English and the Danes and the strife between christianity and paganism is the background to Uhtred's growing up. He is left uncertain of his loyalties but a slaughter in a winter dawn propels him to the English side and he will become a man just as the Danes launch their fiercest attack yet on Alfred's kingdom. Marriage ties him further still to the West Saxon cause but when his wife and child vanish in the chaos of the Danish invasion, Uhtred is driven to face the greatest of the Viking chieftains in a battle beside the sea. There, in the horror of the shield-wall, he discovers his true allegiance.

The Last Kingdom, like most of Bernard Cornwell's books, is firmly based on true history. It is the first novel of a series that will tell the tale of Alfred the Great and his descendants and of the enemies they faced, Viking warriors like Ivar the Boneless and his feared brother, Ubba. Against their lives Bernard Cornwell has woven a story of divided loyalties, reluctant love, and desperate heroism. In Uhtred, he has created one of his most interesting and heroic characters and in The Last Kingdom one of his most powerful and passionate novels.

©2004 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the critics say

"Cornwell is a virtuoso of historical fiction." ( Sunday Telegraph)
"Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation." ( Daily Mail)
"Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched." ( Observer)

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Epic Historical Fiction

Absolutely loved this!
Great narration, amazing story, especially with nine more books to enjoy!
Following Uhtred's growth into adulthood is an enchanting adventure; full of twists and turns.

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Excellent Listen

I really enjoyed this audiobook. Jonathan Keeble has done an excellent job of narrating the story. The voice he gives to each character fits well and really brings them to life. I hope he will continue to narrate the entire series. Great story and great listen! #Audible1

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Loved It! He is an amazing storyteller!!!

This man is fantastic at reading stories and sounding like thunder in the process of exciting moments of the tale!

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First book of a incredible series

I’m on the fourth book, Swan Sword. After this book The Last Kingdom. is Pale Horse man. Then Lords of the North, The story is one mans life from ten years old to eighty years old. Post Roman England around year 857 . So good ,and the narrator Jonathan Keeble , well put it this way . He’s at the top of his profession . Also so good . Highly recommended. Once you listen to this book. You will be hooked . You will listen to the whole series, and there is twelve more books left.

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Wow!

The narrator did a fantastic job and I never wanted the action and story to stop! Fantastically done!

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an amazing beginning to a much longer story.

This is the first audible story I've done all the way through, and loved every minute of it so much that I can't wait for the next audible story.

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Jonathan Keeble is an amazing narrator!

Keeble is a brilliant voice actor who convinced me that it was Uthred himself recalling his life's story. And what a compelling story. Sadly, after book four Matt Bates takes over as the narrator which was so harsh that it was like I was listening to a different story. I felt cheated and promptly got a refund on book 5. I would recommend the listener to download samples of Keeble's and Bates' narrations before commiting to the audiobook series.

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Loved this book

So well narrated which helped me to capture the details. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Epic. Grand. Visual. Powerful.

Wonderfully beautiful journey. A historical drama of a movie in words. Bravo. ready for the next book in the series. Great Work. 2 Thumbs up. Easily a 5 star Audiobook.

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incredible

Couldn't stop listening to it. Amazing book and amazing narration. I recommend this book to anyone historical fiction fan.

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  • Stephen
  • 2016-05-05

New threads in an old, accurate tapestry

Where does The Last Kingdom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I had previously read many of Simon Scarrow's fiction of Romans in Britain, and enjoyed them. These here make a good follow-on. I find the writing a little superior and the narration is good. It's interesting for anyone who finds this period before 1066 intriguing, or who has an interest in the influence of Vikings on British history.

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  • K. A. Wolstenholme
  • 2018-03-07

Cornwell at his best!

I've never been a fan of the Viking story and certainly dislike the "Hollywood style" dramatisations, so this purchase was a chance taken in a moment of boredom. However, Mr Cornwell manages to bring the characters to life in a way that makes them human and likeable. The added bonus of Jonathan Keeble and his wonderful voices makes this my new favourite. Looking forward to listening to the rest of the series!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-12-15

First book I've ever returned to Kindle

Shallow characters, Pagan Danes good, Catholic English evil sexual deviants. 7 hours in was enough

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  • francisco
  • 2017-08-18

Loved it !

I could not stop ... The narrator holds our attention and every action comes to life. And although the book has a slightly different story from the bbc series I'm going to buy The Pale Horseman.

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  • Mike
  • 2017-01-23

Amazing narration, excellent story

Wow, one if the best readings I've heard. The range of distinct characters was so impressive. The story was so realistic, it really brought to life that period for me.

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  • Rui Ribeiro
  • 2016-04-19

Enthralling

An excellent book, superbly written and narrated. Before finishing it, I found myself buying the additional audiobooks on the series. Highly recommended.

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  • Jarrod
  • 2015-05-21

Excellent in every way

Really enjoyed this well written and well narrated historical fiction about a very interesting period of British history. Well done