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  • The Burning Land

  • The Last Kingdom Series, Book 5
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Stephen Perring
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647

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. 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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where is Jonathan Keeble?

  • By AdeG on 10-10-14

Why change narrator? and why change place names???

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-14

What would have made The Burning Land better?

This needs to be done again with the original narrator... It is supposed to be an old man, telling the story of his life and such a young voice just does not cut it. In addition, he cannot read the place names correctly and it just changes the whole tone of the book. Really ruined what is another great story.So many of the hardened fighting characters just sound like teenagers, and there is barely any distinction between some characters.

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

As I mentioned earlier... his voice is too young and too gentle. There is little effort to depict the hardened men that the book is based around, it sounds like a teenage cast rather than a bunch of savage fighting men, overzealous religious figures and as for the king... And a real irritant is the change in the place names. You can also lose track of who is who as there is not much differenciation between many characters, no real attempt to use accents.

34 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • Limits of Power

  • Paladin's Legacy, Book 4
  • By: Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 20 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

The unthinkable has occurred in the kingdom of Lyonya. The queen of the Elves - known as the Lady - is dead, murdered by former elves twisted by dark powers. Now the Lady’s half-elven grandson must heal the mistrust between elf and human before their enemies strike again. Yet as he struggles to make ready for an attack, an even greater threat looms across the Eight Kingdoms.Throughout the north, magic is reappearing after centuries of absence, emerging without warning in family after family - rich and poor alike.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Big fat let down...

  • By Ian on 28-03-14

infuriating!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-13

What did you like best about Limits of Power? What did you like least?

the book itself is as good as the rest, an enjoyable easy read that keeps your attention for the vast majority of the time. The worst thing... is the narrator!!! throughout the series the characters accents have changed but that is something that is copable with to a point... but in this last book the narrator not only changes the accents and tone of each character.. she also changes pronounciations of words, even to the point of not being able to say "sire" instead reading "seer" lots of little things that cause irritation as the book goes on!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful