The fifth installment of Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling Saxon Tales 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.
At the end of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in ill health; his heir, an untested youth. His enemy, the Danes, having failed to conquer Wessex, now see their chance for victory. Led by the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair, the Viking hordes attack. But Uhtred, Alfred’s reluctant warlord, proves his worth, outwitting Harald and handing the Vikings one of their greatest defeats.
For Uhtred, the sweetness of victory is soon overshadowed by tragedy. Breaking with Alfred, he joins the Vikings, swearing never again to serve the Saxon king. Instead, he will reclaim his ancestral fortress on the Northumbrian coast. Allied with his old friend Ragnar-and his old foe Haesten-he aims to invade and conquer Wessex itself. But fate has different plans . . .
In The Burning Land, Bernard Cornwell, “the reigning king of historical fiction” (USA Today), delivers a rousing saga of Anglo-Saxon England-an irresistible new chapter in his thrilling Saxon Tales, the epic story of the birth of England and the legendary king who made it possible.
The Burning Land: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 5 (Unabridged Audiobook)
The Burning Land is vintage Bernard Cornwell storytelling - well crafted and paced, thoughtful but as usual lacking the sense of humour typified by Patrick O'Brian's tales of the Royal Navy. My only pause (literally) comes from the narrator's voice. His delivery, though expressive, lacks timing judgement because of run-on sentences. There are too few of those pauses that a previous Cornwell narrator, Tom Sellwood, was so adept at. The current narrator's voice is also a bit too theatrically cultured for the main character, although most of the other characters' voices work well enough. Nonetheless, this audiobook version carries the tale at a good pace.
There are some areas where the narrator speakers really fast but there’s nothing exciting going on. He just speaks fast for no reason. Almost no change in his voice when he speaks for the characters or when he’s narrating, which means no voice distinction between the characters either.
I prefer the narrator Johnathan Kebbel. I’m listening to this because I don’t have time to read but I can listen.
I have nothing to say in regards to the story other than I like it, but do believe we should have more options for narrators. Especially due to their different styles.
John lee brings no passion to Uhtred’s story. But overall the story is good