50 year old woman, financial executive, interested in science, human behaviour and history in laymen terms & always enjoy good fiction.
No, the narration was not pleasing and dragged the overall effect down for me
I, Claudius was a favorite I could easily compare to, with ancient Rome everyday life, political backstage and economic forces being presented in a most lively and catching manner.
Despite focusing on a historical event, the eruption of Mount Vezouvious, the author managed to engage us to take interest in each of the hereos and create suspense regarding their fate. The narration was displeasing, but not to the point that I would not recommend the audiobook.
Again Robert Harris excels at giving you a view of historical events from the perspective of the common man. As in his books on Cicero, we learn what is really like to live in the roman empire. The story itself is interesting enough to keep you reading, but it is the details of day-to-day life in a roman town which makes the book so engrossing. As usual John Lee gives a fantastic narration.
A describsion of all leavels of life - in a roman empire during a vulcanoeruption.
The water specialist.
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.
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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...