The plot zips along at a nice clip. Good characters, plenty of giggles and Simon Vance as narrator. An excellent listen!
Very smooth & moves nicely throughout. Narrator is great, too. I thought it portrayed Britain just before Hadrian's Wall very nicely, without overdoing the historical details. Not that I don't like some of that. Review by Rick
Good lord no, it's the literary equivalent of valium.
Medicus takes place in ancient Rome and gives you a mild feeling of ambiance during the first couple of pages. If you want strong ambiance, that is historically accurate, consider reading “SPQR I: the king’s gambit”.
The fact of the story is, “nothing happens”. It’s pretty boring. The exceptional narration lends it enough ‘oomph’ for you to manage to finish listening to the book but honestly you could skip about 50% of this story and nothing would be missed.
This book was clearly written by a woman which isn’t, of course, a bad thing but shows obvious bias. At least one of the main characters doesn’t act her class at all and is a large let down.
Addicted to Audible!
I enjoyed listening to this book. When I think of ancient Rome I dont think of the people being like me in my daily life. Perhaps its a bit contrived but it was fun to see a Roman Medicus from a modern perspective. Kept my interest!
The author should have read, e.g., The Egyptian and The Roman to understand, how to write stories from ancient times. It is surely difficult to reconstruct the way of thinking (and such book could be actually difficult to read) but using ancient or quasi-ancient words and sometimes the original language (Latin, here) helps to form the atmosphere of old times. The author unfortunately goes the opposite way, using and also generating new terms, such as Chief Medical Officer, CMO (!!!) It lets you puzzle if someone in the book will check his answering machine soon. The story is a bit boring, this is what I can forgive but the limited understanding of the life in the ancient Rome is not acceptable. Today we are amused with 500-year old painting of the Jesus' crucifixion, when all characters are dressed in 500-year old fashion and wear 500-year old weapons. In 2513, the book might be amusing showing how people thought in 21st century but it is not much fun today.
Not from the genre but from the author.
When the Medicus writes a protocol with a description of a found dead body like a current pathologist.
I enjoy listening to audiobooks while working in my shop or around the house -sort of mental multitasking.
This is not the worst book I ever downloaded. It is a somewhat interesting glimpse of Roman occupied Britain. However, the plot is slow and predicitable. I could not in good faith recommend that anyone purchase this book.
An entertaining and different kind of mystery, takes place in ancient Rome. Had to look up "Hadrian" in Wikipedia. Good main character, interesting secondary characters, quietly feminist themes. Definitely worth a listen. I'm giving it a 4 overall only because it was a little slow in the beginning but maybe that's because I have a short attention span and need it to move quickly before I stop listening!