I almost always have an audio book going.
I enjoyed this book, author was new to me, glad I gave her a try. Just enough history and mystery, good story.Simon Vance did it justice, I've always enjoyed his voice and style.
This was definitely worth the time to listen. First, let me say that I'm a fan of Ancient Roman history, but I've never enjoyed the mystery genre. This book tries to blend both, and does a good job. I enjoyed it for the Roman history, which was generally well-researched and presented. I'm not qualified to judge the quality of the mystery since I don't read much in that genre, but I enjoyed that aspect of it nonetheless. The author made Roman Britain come to life. Simon Vance also did a great job narrating--he's one of the best that Audible has, and I read this book just because he was the narrator. Unlike some narrators, he does a good job handling both male and female roles, which makes listening to the story better.
The plot plodded along, and the insights into Roman life were few are far between.
I enjoyed it. cute story. I think I liked the P. Didius Falco series better, but it has been a long time since I read them. Simon Vance is an excellent narrator, one of the best. The performance and production are top shelf.
I bought this because I have loved Lindsey Davis's Falco books, narrated by Christian Rodska. A number of reviewers compared Ms Downie's writing to those books. Also, I find the, era, location and the state of medicine (for example) in first century Britton are very interesting. However, I was bored with this book. Some of the problem was Mr. Vance, the narrator. Normally, his voice and performances are compelling. In this case, the gravitas he brings to all of his narrations came off sounding stiff and stilted. I gave up after about 3 hours and it was a relief.
This not so much a criticism as personal preference.
This was a good listen. More of a murder mystery than a historical drama, but I guess that is as advertised. The characters were like stick figures from an English comedy, Fleshed out where they needed it For the story. Not much depth, and worse not much education.
Still, I am hooked and will be back For the other books in this series.
This story just didn't capture my attention the way I had hoped. While I have enjoyed some novels much longer than this one (e.g. 45-50 hours), this story seemed to drag. Halfway through I found myself wondering when it would end. 3/4 of the way through I realized that I am indifferent to the fate of the characters, and I have decided there are better ways to spend my time.
I don't plan to.
The narration was fine.
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.
Starts at good pace and then just stays there. Interesting backdrop. Good try
NO please not. Once is enough. Too drab.