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.
I enjoy historical novels and this one is decent. The main drawback is the pace is really slow and drawn out, and I personally had trouble identifying with any of the characters. Narrator - Simon Vance is exceptional. I much preferred the Robert Harris Novels of Ancient Rome or the Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliffe.
I enjoy historical novels if they are not light. I have never read about this period before and it was quite good. The character, especially the Medicus, were well done. I may try a sequel eventually, especially with Simon Vance as a narrator. He is great!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am a great fan of historic fiction, though I had never ventured into Roman subject matter. This is an excellent introduction. Vance's narration is nothing short of brilliant - I will be looking up other books which he reads, as he truly made the experience memorable. I look forward to 'hearing' other books from this series very soon!
The nuances about life in Britain during Roman rule.
The main character is very likable, the author did a great job of setting the scene, and revealing just enough of the story to keep you listening.
The Medicus (forgot proper name), as well as his contemporary.
The narrator was fine - he just didn't have much to work with.
As a fan of historical fiction, I was disappointed. It didn't seem very authentic to me - more like a modern story with occasional ancient trappings. If I'm wrong and it is authentic - then I would have to say it wasn't very convincing.
I never really warmed up to the characters - didn't feel like I really knew them or cared what happened.