Entertaining--not historically accurate, but the main character is determinedly grumpy and yet a softie on the inside! I'd love to see a continuation of the series, it was worth listening to.
The story is pleasing, the tone is enjoyable. The characters are fantastic. The narrator is good (not Scott Brick good, but only 3rd narrator I want to try books based on his voice).
I can think of nothing bad to say about this bood. I heartily recommend it
I love mysteries set in the Roman Empire. This one is unique in so far as it is set in Britania instead of Rome itself. Emperor Trajan has just died and Hadrian is the new emperor. The author has really captured the flavor of Roman Britain with all its vices. The hero, as the name implies is a Doctor, so we get to learn about medical practices in the Roman Empire. Our hero has angered just about everyone he possible can and is beaten and threatened throughout. It is both humorous and exciting. But all ends well. The reader is great and really makes the characters come alive. Hope to see more of this character. Great listen - very enjoyable
As someone who enjoys historical fiction and the themes tackled here, I expected to like this book. And in fact, the story was quite good. A bit dry and mundane at times, I wished for more medical situations and details, but it's a fine debut for Mrs. Downie. If only the narrator did a better job -- I kept falling asleep! Actually, I ended up borrowing the hardcover from the local library to finish it over the weekend :)
I thought this novel to be fantastic. The storyline along with the history was brillant!!And to top it off the talents of the narrator were exceptional!! If you like Roman history or anything to do with Rome then this book is for you
I don't know how I missed Ruth Downie and the Russo series, but since the first book was published in 2007, it must be true which is a bummer for me. But, on the good side, there are now four more novels in the series ready to download without any waiting. Discovering a new series is one of the best things that I spend my credits on!
I realize that people who are very particular about historical accuracy might find Medicus trying, but I have no such standards. I thought it was great! There is a strain of sentimentality in the work that is more common is "cozy" mysteries, but that charmed me right away.
I hope the next book holds to the same tone and builds the momentum so well done in Medicus. I'm going to download book two now. Fingers crossed.
I didn't expect much, but soon found I was looking forward to what would happen next. Fun with a twist.
Married mother of three teenagers, back to work after 15 years at home - when I read a lot. Now I am the assistant to the Mayor of Omaha and work at least 60 hours a week, and on top of what I have to do at home - no more books. This lets me listen to the classics, the latest, whatever I want. I can learn or escape. I have always love audio books, but now I NEED them.
This is really a review of all five books, since I could not wait to listen to them long enough to stop and write this. That alone should encourage you to try this. I spelled their names like I heard them, forgive me if I get them wrong - the one downside to listening vs. reading.
This series is historical, it is a well-told mystery, but the biggest surprise is that it is FUNNY! I would be following the story, wondering "who dun it," and feeling a bit more educated on the Roman Empire and the lives of those in it, when Russo's dry sense of humor would pop up again and make me laugh out loud. Tilla and her observations of life - and her superior attitude that Romans are inherently nuts, and Valins hedonistic bent often giving way to his truly good nature are priceless. I could see the scene in my mind's eye all the way. I truly become connected to these characters - many of whom continue throughout the series - even the ones I don't like. We get hints of characters that we will actually meet in later books, like Russo's family, and believe me, they are worth the wait.
But make sure you get them in order or you will get spoilers. I mixed up one and was confused for about 10 minutes before I figured out what I had done.