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The Burning Land

The Last Kingdom Series, Book 5
Narrated by: Matt Bates
Series: The Last Kingdom Series, Book 5
Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
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Summary

The fifth novel in Bernard Cornwell’s epic and best-selling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.

BBC2’s major Autumn 2015 TV show The Last Kingdom is based on the first two books in the series.

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, who is encouraged to cruelty by his woman, Skade. 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.

This novel, the fifth in the magnificent series of England's history tells of the final assaults on Alfred's Wessex, that Wessex survived to become England is because men like Uhtred defeated an enemy feared throughout Christendom.

©2019 Bernard Cornwell (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Disappointed..... gave the book back!

The first For books were great you could have believed there was written and read by a sword wielding blood spitting Warrior but now they feel like they are getting read by a very annoyed accountant. The narrator hasn’t got a clue about what he is reading characters that are from Devon Wales and Northern England all sound the same. There’s just no enthusiasm there when Matt bates is reading the script. the word dull comes to mind. And to find out that this narrator is going to read every book in the series from now on has caused me to call it quits on book number 5. I won’t be going any further which is a shame as Bernard Cornwell is a brilliant writer.

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New narrator hasn't got it

It's such a shame that they changed the brilliant Jonathan Keeble, who read the first four books. Matt Bates reads in rather flat monotone, struggles with accents and pronounces the names differently. Keeble on the other hand, bought humor, warmth and ferociousness to his voices. He didn't just read the books, but acted them out with energy and gusto. The stories were much more vivid when he was the narrator. I think i'll stop with this book, which is a shame, as I was really enjoying the Last Kingdom series. I'm sure Matt Bates would be fine for non-fiction narration, but he was poorly cast in this case.

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New voice actor

They replaced the voice actor, the new one is monotone and not as good at accents. He makes the characters dull.

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miffed

I found it difficult to get used to the change in narrator. while coming to terms with this, I then had to get used to the different name pronunciation. I am confused as to why you would change halfway through a series, but imagine there was a good reason.

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DO NOT DOWNLOAD!!

The chap who takes over from Johnathan Keeble is a truly awful narrator!! He mispronounces key characters names, has no ‘punch’ when describing key areas of battle, something his predecessor did excellently and is actually boring! My love of this series died about three hours into this book because of one man. Matt Bates. Thanks.

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The burning land

Was disappointed with this book I can’t understand why The first four books were read by Jonathan Keeble and then we changed the Narrator didn’t and couldn’t relate to the story teller at all

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Absolutely awful

Matt bates has completely ruined an amazing series. Monotone can't pronounce characters names properly battles scenes are awful. Will not be listening to the rest of the books not worth wasting my credits on. An obviously no one at audible is bothering to take notice of what people think.

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Awful narration. There must have been some reason to change the narrator during the series but could he and the producers not familiarise themselves with the previous versions so that they pronounced the character names the same! Completely changed the story due to lack of consistency.

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Still superb

I know a lot of people have been put off by the change of narrator, but come on people it’s still a great story and I think that after the first chapter you’ll get used to Matt Bates narration of it. Give it a chance. I’m straight onto book 6 now

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great series

I am seriously enjoying this series which has me constantly gripped, but I was shocked to hear a completely different voice on book 4 as well as different accents and pronunciation of names, it really spoilt it for me, Jamie Glover was just brilliant and had You so engrossed, in the battles and the storyline, I really missed him on book 4. John Lee is okay, he's just not Jamie. I won't stop until I've read all twelve books though, I love the story.

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  • 03-07-20

They were so good but I stop here

I wont be finishing the series because of the narrator. After listening to the first four books Jonathon, then switching to Matt Battes isn't doable. The first 4 books were read with such compassion that in itself made them worth listening too but unfortunately Matt Battes did not live up to that. I hope he can use this going forward.

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