I like reading what life was like during this time.
The enviornment, beliefs, life of rich romans, technology of the aquaducts.
yes it could be a premium channel mini-series
I have to admit, I didnt finish it. It just took long to get to the big bang.
The actual story of Pompeii is compelling. The arthors need to name every character, big or small, with names that are ridiculously long and complicanted drove me crazy!
I really enjoyed the author's weaving of history and the adventures of Attilius the aquarius. The details about the eruption follow the description given by Pliny who was actually there. And you have to wonder how the hero is going to survive when he is in the wrong place at the wrong time... Very worth listening to. It encouraged me to find out more about volcanos and Vesuvius in particular.
Why even call it POMPEII when only about a third of the novel was set in that town? A better title would have been THE AQUADUCT, since that was the main focus of the story. Never mind the fact that the eruption doesn't start until about three-quarters into the book. Want more reasons why this overhyped novel deserves to be in the bargain bin? How about poor storytelling with the all-too-obvious antagonist and the predictable love story. That said, the only benefit of this sophmoric novel is that it'll have you craving nonfiction books on Pompeii.
Say something about yourself!
I never really got into this book, and I think it was because of the narrator. From the beginning, I had a negative reaction to his voice. This has never happened to me before, and I have listened to many books. Also, while the research was thorough, the plot and characters were thin...
For a story that purports to be representing latin-speaking individuals (that is, in several places the narrative is in latin subsequently translated), they seem to communicate extensively in four-letter Anglo-Saxonisms. The level of profanity detracts from the story. A tale that could not be enjoyed by the whole family. I even felt uncomfortable listening to it with my spouse.
I know it's a "potboiler", if you pardon the expression in this context, but come on! The "love story" was ridiculously stupid, derivative, pathetic. Of course, any character who indulged in homoerotic behavior was weak, or morally weak, etc, etc, etc. The author has to be congratulated for taking a story we already all know to a new level of predictability. And the narrator reminded me of a friend who went to England to study for a semester and came back with an accent....
This book is agonizingly long. The story goes nowhere. There are pretentious, boring references to volcanic facts that seem thrown in for the sole purpose of making the book appear intellectually founded. The only plus: Excellently read by John Lee.
This was a waste of time for the author, for the reader and for John Lee.
Studying your navel would be better than reading this nonsense.