I think this is the book I will tell people to read when recommending the series and I will be recommending the series. The first book had some few parts that needed a little polishing (still was a GREAT read) but this is near perfection. It has everything I like in a mystery, adventure, intelligence, wry humor, great characters, a noir feel, and writing compelling enough to keep you up way past your bedtime. Downie is particularly skilled in her characters and keeps them believable to period while still appealing to modern sensibilities. I am a history buff so I love the Roman/Britania backdrop but even if you hate historical books you'd like this. The story is compelling without any moments where you'd be embarrassed when if someone strolls in while your listening. (As opposed to say Pillars of the Earth which could frequently be embarrassing in the many long and explicitly sexual moments) Simon Vance reads this so well you forget him completely and dissolve into the story. He's also less nasal in this than in other books which some reviewers havent liked. He's one of my favorite narrators. This would be a great book for a car trip, especially one where you are worried about falling asleep. I should know as its 430 am right now but I couldn't stop listening. I only wish there were more than 4 books in this great series.
I stumbled upon Medicus in the public library’s audio book stacks and discovered the sequels on Audible. Ruth Downie makes ancient Rome accessible to the modern reader/listener in so many ways. The clever parallels she draws to our own times proves that human behavior is timeless. Simon Vance nuanced characterizations breathe life into Ruso, Tilla, and all of the characters. BTW--If you want another good Simon Vance-read audio book, try The Religion by Tim Willocks.
This book is sheer fun. Can't wait to read more Ruth Downie
This book continues the adventures of a medicus in Roman Britain, Ruso, and his slave/companion, Tila. This book spends a lot of time on Tila, exploring her background and developing her character. One of the best things about this series on Audible is the fantastic narrator who does a splendid job in bringing the characters to life.
Great story, great reader...from the slimy snake from Rome to the malingering patients in the ward, to the puffed up local brewer, these characterizations are spot on.
Kudos to writer and narrator!
Addicted to Audible!
I liked the first book in this series- for some reason it sparked my imagination about that time period and I found the characters entertaining, so I was excited to listen to this one. It falls flat in my opinion. Perhaps the author should have just left well enough alone.
I really enjoy historic fiction and this story, like Medicus before it, brought history to life. I enjoyed learning more about the northern reaches of Rome and how the native population responded. The characters were fun and their relationships sometimes humorous, sometimes touching. Narration was excellent.
Very interesting book. A mystery with a historical edge. I found this book surprising in the historical detail it contains. Very good characters. Hooked on them immediately.
I enjoyed it. Narrator has a dry wit like the main character, Ruso. The producer/director made a good choice using Vance. I will listen to the other books in this series, and I hope they have the same voice talent. Storyline is interesting and logical, like a detective story with a medical twist, but set in the Roman Empire. If you like historical fiction, give this a try. Don't miss the first book in the series Medicus.
I'm in the process of redoing all my reviews.
As with the first of this series, Terra Incognita is very well written and engaging. I appreciated the meticulous research into a period that is most difficult to document. Downie's narrative and dialogue runs true and Vance's narration, as always, brings the characters to life. If I had one complaint it would be the interminable length of the books, though I see no way the stories could be told more concisely and still have brought ancient Britain so brilliantly to life.
Biologist, Chemist, perpetual student
I have not read the print version but I have now bought 4 other books in the series.
I have read Caesar's Gallic Wars in the Latin and English versions. The story is a good read/listen as a novel but it is also an excellent view of the early history of the Roman Empire.
It added to the story's telling.