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.
Just a simple girl living the simple life. Nothing is complicated when the power of imagination leads the way. Close your eyes & just listen
A Roman Army doctor with a keen sense of humor and Simon Vance was spot on! This was my first book by Ruth Downie and chosen mainly because of the narrator, and partly from reading reviews. HOWEVER.......I am glad I took a chance because now I am on to the 2nd book in this series! I am HOOKED
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.
interesting background on rome etc during that period; story dragged some
the goings on in the hospital and market and brothels if they were true were enlightening
simon vance was good to a point until he spoke for Tilla and sometimes reverted to an irish accent. would have been better if he just kept to his normal speaking, it distracted one from the character and what she was saying because it did not fit. I have listened to other vance books and they were great. not sure what happened here
no reaction. will not pursue the series because I could better spend my time on better books.