• The Last Viking

  • The True Story of King Harald Hardrada
  • By: Don Hollway
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Last Viking by Don Hollway, read by Mark Meadows.

Harald Sigurdsson burst into history as a teenaged youth in a Viking battle from which he escaped with little more than his life and a thirst for vengeance. But from these humble origins, he became one of Norway’s most legendary kings. The Last Viking is a fast-moving narrative account of the life of King Harald Hardrada, as he journeyed across the medieval world, from the frozen wastelands of the North to the glittering towers of Byzantium and the passions of the Holy Land, until his warrior death on the battlefield in England.

Combining Norse sagas, Byzantine accounts, Anglo-Saxon chronicles and even King Harald’s own verse and prose into a single compelling story, Don Hollway vividly depicts the violence and spectacle of the late Viking era and delves into the dramatic events that brought an end to almost three centuries of Norse conquest and expansion.

©2021 Don Hollway (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
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  • Categories: History

Critic Reviews

"Riveting! [Listen to] this [audiobook] and be prepared to see it through to the end. Fascinating and thoroughly engaging!" (Edward Zapletal, History Magazine)

"The Last Viking is a masterful and pulse-pounding narrative that transports the [listener] into the middle of the action." (Carl Gnam, Military Heritage)

"The story pulls you in, and doesn't let go." (Stephen Harding, New York Times best-selling author of The Last Battle)

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My 25th Great Grandfather 😊

Pretty damn cool reading a book about your own Grandfather, and learning just how badass he was. Ordering a couple hardcopies to keep in our family library.

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Brings the Sagas to life.

A great book that is well told and well narrated. It holds one's attention.

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informative and interesting

lived the story. very interesting to hear of all the adventures of King Herold of Norway.

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the narrator makes the book a bore

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  • Mr. R. Murray
  • 07-12-22

True story?

The book is full of assumptions and hearsay. Decades are missing too. If you want to know about HH. Read the original sources.

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  • Christine
  • 05-09-22

A great way to re-tell the sagas

Don Holloway has mixed and matched all the available sagas about Harald in a compelling and easy to listen to way. It helps to have the fabulous Mark Meadows narrating. I look forward to more tales from the author and narrator!