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Summary

History and legend combine in the gripping tale of Hakon Haraldsson, a Christian boy who once fought for the High Seat of a Viking realm.

It is 935 A.D., and the North is in turmoil. King Harald Fairhair has died, leaving the High Seat of the realm to his murderous son, Erik Bloodaxe. To solidify his claim, Erik ruthlessly disposes of all claimants to his throne, save one: his youngest brother Hakon.

Erik's surviving enemies send a ship to Wessex, where the Christian King Athelstan is raising Hakon. Unable to avoid his fate, he returns to the Viking North to face his brother and claim his birthright, only to discover that victory will demand sacrifices beyond his wildest nightmares.

©2005, 2008 Eric Schumacher (P)2018 Tantor

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Not liking the narration

I have just read forged in iron and sigurd's swords and absolutely loved them. I thought I'd give these a go too but I'm really struggling with the narration (chapter 2) this title isn't available on kindle.
He reads with an odd flow maybe he's trying to emulate an oral style to add authenticity but the unnecessary emphasis on unimportant words is just distracting.

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Narrator kills the story for me!

I simply couldn't finish this book, and barely got through 50mins of it. The narrator (as mentioned in lots of other reviews) needlessly elevates his voice every three or so words, and at the end of each sentence making it sound like he's telling a child's fairytale or poem. This is unbearable annoying especially when trying to imagine a fight scene he is reading ! Wrong narrator for this story/genre. I'll read the book on my Kindle instead!

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narrator is the best

a great story. On to the next episode. shumacher obviously knows his Norse history. great

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  • Carolynn
  • 14-11-18

A story of the Vikings and the Christians

I didn't anticipate a story like this to be "so" different from all the other stories about this time in histroy. It is historically accurate and moved along quickly. This story tells what the English did about all the raids, on England soil.
The narrations is one the best i have heard. This is "very important" with this story because of the strange names of the Vikings.
I recommend this book !

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  • Scott D McCoy
  • 18-07-19

Might be a great story, but I will never know

The narrator is terrible. Stressing every third word or ending of a sentence and then a soars stop and pause distracts from every moment of the story so much I had to stop before the end of the first chapter. I have several hundred books and I have only return 3 now this one will be the fourth.

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  • John Bernier
  • 04-11-18

awesome!!

just a GREAT audio book with excellent naration and a fantastic story line. thouroughly enjoyable

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  • Darth Vinny
  • 19-04-19

Great story iffy narration

I really enjoyed this story or Kings and Vikings, Thor, Odin, God, etc..... I will say it was difficult for me to get past the narration. It literally sounded like a nature documentary. Nothing against them but zero imagination whatsoever. Sounded almost robotic. Nonetheless I gripped through it and found the story enjoyable .

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  • Son of Odin
  • 21-08-18

Great Saga

I'm so happy I found this book. I think I've listened to almost every Viking saga available and was hoping to find another. Well this book didn't disappoint. I'm really looking forward to the second book.

Shaun Grindell as always did an amazing job narrating the story.

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  • Catherine Blair
  • 28-01-20

Overtly Christian

When I read about vikings I want the pagans to win. This is a very pro Christian book. I did not enjoy it.

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  • Jeff Sullivan
  • 10-07-19

fintroll

a Christian view as to what happened to the Scandinavian tribes. unfair, in my view.

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  • matt
  • 14-12-18

I think the story would be great, but...

The narrator is terrible! Every 3rd word ends on a lilting stressed syllable. It's bad.

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  • Alta Godfrey
  • 12-07-22

Not that good

Story could have been good, yet it lumped along, never getting exciting, nor that interesting. Somewhat boring

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  • 🌟CW_214🌟
  • 07-08-21

A Narrator Will Make or Break a Story…

After listening to hundreds of audiobooks, I understand that narration can be personal preference. However, a listener can usually push through an imperfect narration and still enjoy a decent book for the most part. A great narration can turn a weak story into solid entertainment, but neither is the case here. I’ll be returning this and the second in series (same narrator) that I got on sale recently. Rarely do I return books on audible. I’m truly disappointed.