It's refreshing to read a book that takes place in a location that is so unique. Set in Roman occupied (what is now) England, this is a story of a medical officer who gets mixed up in the murders of slave women. I particularly liked how modern the language seemed. It didn't dumb down the conversation to portray a culture far removed from modern times and it didn't pretty up any of the slave culture of the day. It was just matter of fact about how people treated each other.
When the story ended, I was left feeling like it was really only a part of a grander epic story and was disappointed. I read later that it's part 1 of a 3 part series and I'm intrigued to see where the author takes us. Hopefully we'll leave the little encampment and explore the native lives and cultures that were only really hinted at in this book.
I enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator was great, though, as others have noted, the use of more contemporary English accents was jarring. The mystery was enjoyable but I never believed I was in 2nd century Britian. The setting wasn't gritty enough, the hospital too modern, and the natives way too polite. I will probably listen to the next in the series because the narrator makes up for some of the weaknesses in the story.
I doubt if anyone would like this book. It is basically a book about nothing, but the author attempts to put it in Roman times. It isn't very accurate, and you learn nothing about the actual historical landscape or environment. Basically it appears the author took a poor written novel about people and translated the time.
Performance was fine.
The story is interesting for a lot of reasons - but I did not care for the reader/narrator. He was not able to differentiate between characters enough to keep my full attention. Not sure if I will get another in the series.
This was a great book. I love history and I love mystery and this book combined both well. I’ve always found the Roman time period fascinating and I enjoyed the characters and British frontier setting. I’m no expert in the Roman civilization but I thought the historical elements were well researched and believable. Worth a look or listen.
I enjoyed this story for its mystery, its characters and its ability to help me understand what life might have been like for the "real" people who lived at the very edge of their civilization. They were faced with the problems of dealing with the locals, superior officers, politics and everyday life. Not to mention murder.
Overall the story is very good (funny with excellent narration and writing). This audiobook didnt get 5 stars because the "mystery" part of the book was either ok or good, but not great.
The first half of the book barely held my interest. The second half is better, but it doesn't have enough suspense. It was too predictable. Simon Vance's narration was very good.