• The Last Berserker

  • Fire Born 1
  • By: Angus Donald
  • Narrated by: Ade Dimberline
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The greatest warriors are forged in the flamesTwo pagan fighters.

771AD, Northern Europe. Bjarki Bloodhand and Tor Hildarsdottir are journeying south into Saxony. Their destination is the Irminsul, the One Tree that links the Nine Worlds of the Middle-Realm. In this most holy place, they hope to learn how to summon their animal spirits so they can enter the ranks of the legendary berserkir: the elite frenzied fighters of the North.

One Christian king

Karolus, newly crowned King of the Franks, has a thorn in his side: the warlike Saxon tribes on his northern borders who shun the teachings of the Church, blasphemously continuing to worship their pagan gods.

An epic battle for the soul of the North

The West's greatest warlord vows to stamp out his neighbours' superstitions and bring the light of the True Faith to the Northmen - at the point of a sword. It will fall to Bjarki, Tor and the men and women of Saxony to resist him in a struggle for the fate of all Europe.

©2021 Angus Donald (P)2021 Angus Donald

Critic Reviews

Donald is a writer not only at the top of his game, but of the game.
-- Giles Kristian, author of the Raven series

Donald delivers a masterclass
-- Theodore Brun, author of A Burning Sea

A gory, gleeful treat
-- The Times

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Great description of berserker concepts

Viking fiction all starts to sound the same after a while, but I like it in the background while I’m doing other things. This one was surprisingly refreshing and thoughtfully written. The narrator also enhances the experience by not trying too hard, like so many others do.

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a very good book

I liked it a lot and am probably going to buy more books by this author
absolutely fantastic performance by the narrator

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  • Liz
  • 06-07-22

loved it from start to finish

another piece of amazing fiction from the epic story teller. bravo !!. This book is truly magnificent!

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  • Gary Bass
  • 02-15-22

The Last Berserker

Not up to the usual standard by Angus - frankly a little juvenile . The narrator is awful sounding as though he was reading the book for the first time and absolutely no real distinction in voice tone between the characters .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-21

Conan, but with Pagans and Christians

Proudly wears its inspirations on its sleeve, a bit of a historically accurate, winding epic. Plenty of historical detail in there, a bit Lord of the Rings in places with lists and environmental detail. Starts of slow with some good fights small battles and characters, a few nice twists in the middle and at the end! Plenty of good fights to get stuck into.

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  • C. Brown
  • 09-30-21

May be best to read this one yourself

I’m a fan of the author and I’ve read this book already. Covid came visiting and I thought tell you what I’ll listen to Berserker with that credit I’ve got on auditable as I need something easy listening whilst I recuperate.

It’s anything but easy listening, the deadpan performance by the narrator will do this great story no good at all on audible and it’s such a shame.

Great stories from the author so if you get the chance read them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-22

Great story

Great story and well read, great character voices… I did find the pace of the narrator a little fast to begin with in but I simply slowed the speed down to 0.9 and it was perfect then 😊👍

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  • Ken Oath
  • 10-20-21

Bloody(&)Great.

What a great book. Good storyline that gets you in quick, good language & a nice blend of history & storytelling. The reading is well done.

Thanks for the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-21

Barbaric Adventure At It's Finest

Fantastic book and great narration. Absolutely thrilling with so many twists and turns in the adventure. Came to really love these characters as they went through their journeys. Ade Dimberline has an exceptional voice which really suits the theme and style of this book. Not many can do such convincing berserkers. His style of narration suits the historical hybrid element of the story, very much a storytelling style which seems to flow more as the story goes on. All the reason to keep on listening as it seems to get better and better as it goes. I like the authors notes at the end, gives a wonderful insight into the thought behind the world he has created. Looking forward to the next one!

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  • Keith
  • 09-22-21

Love it

Full of great action paired with excellent character development and a fun story. One of my favourite books this year.