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The Empty Throne Audiobook

The Empty Throne: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 8

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Publisher's Summary

The new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number-one best-selling series "The Warrior Chronicles", on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.

In the battle for power, there can be only one ruler.

England is fractured, torn apart more by internal fighting than the threat of Viking invasion. The ruler of Mercia is dying, leaving no legitimate heir. His wife is a formidable fighter and great leader, but no woman has ever ruled over an English kingdom. And she is without her strongest warrior and champion, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.

So the scene is set for an explosive battle between elders and warriors for an empty throne. The vacant throne leaves a dangerous opportunity for the rival West Saxons to seize Mercia. But Edward of Wessex is distracted by the succession of his own throne, with two heirs claiming the right to be West Saxon king. And while the kingdoms are in disarray, the Vikings, this time coming from the west, will go on the rampage once more.

The very future of England hangs in the balance. A hero is needed, a hero who can destroy the threat to Mercia, a hero who will ultimately decide the fate of a nation...

©2014 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

Praise for Bernard Cornwell:

"The best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive" (George R.R. Martin)
"Cornwell is always in full command of his material" (Sunday Times)
"Like GAME OF THRONES, but real" (Observer)
"Tense, powerful, compulsive" (The Times)
"He's called a master storyteller. Really he's cleverer than that" (Telegraph)
"Nobody in the world does this better than Cornwell" (Lee Child)

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    Dr Zube Ross on Wye, United Kingdom 09/01/2015
    Dr Zube Ross on Wye, United Kingdom 09/01/2015 Member Since 2015

    Avid reader and listener, psychologist by profession historian by nature

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    "Good but nothing new"

    I have listened to all the others so I guess I will keep going, although I have to say it is getting quite difficult to differentiate between the titles. Its more slashing, burning and colourful insults (amusing and entertaining but not challenging or particularly surprising). It does exactly what you would expect, good fun, but in many ways a bit dull. This series needs to go out with a bang. ASAP.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Adam 02/02/2015
    Adam 02/02/2015
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    "Good book - another enjoyable story."

    Well written, well read but at times the readers accents and voices seem to blur into one which made it tricky to follow in parts where all the characters had similar names! I enjoyed it and looking forward to the next instalment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David St Ives, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom 05/01/2015
    David St Ives, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom 05/01/2015 Member Since 2008
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    "Another easy listen from BC"

    If you like the series you'll like this. An easy listen with our hero remaining a hero. Somewhat predictable but never the less entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gadget rob 09/11/2016
    Gadget rob 09/11/2016
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    "Empty throne"

    Close your eyes and you can be transported to a different age.
    Battle scenes graphic.
    My wife likes these books also

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    Pannier tank 30/05/2016
    Pannier tank 30/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    Cornwell at his best, historic, amusing and beautifully entertaining. Enthusiastically read.
    Brilliant. A great addition to the series.

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    Electric Sparrow 21/04/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Dratted names"

    Loved this like the other stories. Only 2nd one on audio rather than read. Sometimes I find it confusing hearing the names without being able to read them as they are so similar sounding. Tip-top though

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    Mr 01/03/2016
    Mr 01/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome books!"

    This series of books has been amazing, well adapted into TV as well, cannot wait to get started on the next one!

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    Laura Concannon Crewe, UK 02/01/2016
    Laura Concannon Crewe, UK 02/01/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Great series, much better than the TV adaptation"

    Great series, one of Cornwells best... The books are so much better than the TV adaptation..

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    Sophie C Butcher 01/01/2016 Member Since 2008
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    "Anothee enjoyable romp"

    Bernard cornwell writes a really good story and i have fallen in love with all the characters

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    C. Woodward cheshire england 09/12/2015
    C. Woodward cheshire england 09/12/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "The Empty Throne"

    Still suffering from the aftermath of the previous instalment, what Uhtred lacks in strength, he makes up for in cunning against old and new enemies. Well read, an excellent addition to the series.

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  • Rui Ribeiro
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    23/08/16
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    "Entertaining"

    Still a very interesting book, especially for anyone who has listened to the previous books in the series. Not as good as some of the previous books, but keeps on telling the story of saxons and their viking enemies through the remarkable character of Uhtred, in a narrative that is always well built and enthralling.

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  • Erin
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    16/10/15
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    "So very very good"

    Fantastic series and truly excellent narrator - listened to the whole series and now beginning again with the first book

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  • luke
    Fukuoka, Japan
    01/03/15
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    "Eight books in and still well worth a credit."
    Where does The Empty Throne (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 8) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the chronicles it is in the top half


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Empty Throne (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 8)?

    As always, the ending was the best part!


    What about Matt Bates’s performance did you like?

    Good but not great


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Every book Cornwell has written is a "one-sitter". Stretching it out is always a challenge.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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