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  • The Serpent Sword

  • The Bernicia Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Matthew Harffy
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Beobrand is compelled by his brother's almost-certain murder to embark on a quest for revenge in the war-ravaged kingdoms of Northumbria. The land is rife with danger, as warlords vie for supremacy and dominion. In the battles for control of the region, new oaths are made and broken, and loyalties are tested to the limits. With no patronage and no experience, Beobrand must form his own allegiances and learn to fight with sword and shield. Relentless in pursuit of his enemies, he faces challenges which transform him from a boy to a man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost a Prequel To Cornwell's King Alfred Books.

  • By Farniboy on 11-04-17

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

I enjoyed the story very much. Authors move things around with impunity and this is ok, if you are interested you would look for the facts yourself which I have done and it does not diminish the book.
With audio you are listening to a voice that is being used to give us something extra to the book, with this book I did not have extra compared to some books I have listened to. To explain I would invite you to listed to The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell . It is the best book I have listened to, but it does not make it a better story. The narrator almost puts a face to the minds eye or topography as well as a map.
I will listen to more of these books, I did enjoy it. Thank you.

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  • Enemy of God

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40

The continuing story of Arthur, the second in a trilogy that began with The Winter King. The novels bring Arthur and his world to vivid life.

Arthur is a man battling for his vision of the future in a brutal age, dragged down by suspicions and magics of the past, surrounded by intrigue, dependent on his skill at war and genius for leadership.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Arthurian legend given substance

  • By Mr on 27-01-12

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

The Winter King and Enemy of God are superb books, I have listened to them both and I cannot criticise either. It has a good twist to what we have read previously and it is hard not to listen to it time and again. If I had a criticism it would be that the narrator should be Johnathan Keeble throughout. Tim Pigott Smith is a good narrator but for these books Johnathan Keeble is exceptional.

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