this is in the top quintile. i loved the specifics on how a legion was created, the development of legion techniques. julius caesar as a character was fascinating and the history i learned was rewarding.
got it after listening to the history of rome podcast, which i cannot recommend highly enough
a great true story, made the lives of the normal soldier accessible
very easy to understand and follow, right pace for an audiobook and no jarring mispronunciations (to my ear)
just sad at the carnage
just recommend the history of rome podcast, listen to more roman history books!
loved the book on hannibal and cannae
Fantasy and Romance Author
Far from being a dry account of dates and battles, CAESAR'S LEGION brings this ancient Roman military force to vivid life by chronicling the lives and adventures individual commanders, centurions, and ordinary soldiers.
Filled with fascinating details about how soldiers were recruited and trained, and how they lived while on the march, the book focuses on three major periods in the legion's history: the conquest of Gaul and Britain under the leadership of Julius Caesar; the legion's role in the civil wars that ended the Roman Republic and ushered in the reign of the emperors; and the Jewish rebellion and siege of Jerusalem under Emperor Vespasian and his son Titus.
All three of these campaigns, as narrated by Dando-Collins, are rife with intrigue, political maneuvering, betrayal, battles, and heroism. It made for a very interesting listening experience, and I'm looking forward to listening to another book in this series.
Well written, well researched. However, Dando-Collins comes to quite a few conclusions after reading the ancient sources that most ancient scholars would dismiss as bad history. A good novel, but not a good history.
Yes, of course. I liked it very much. And it was beautifully narrated.
It was very well researched and documented. Narration was excellent. I learnt a lot about the importance of the legions in the Roman Empire.
Julius Caesar, of course. Thrilling voice and characteristic.
No reaction, I just loved it.
The detail and attempted accuracy of what was said and the simplification of the book into "plebeian" terms.
Gaius Crastinus, a Centurion in the 10th; really, he was just the man.
He narrated the book without irritating me with his voice.
No, you get to savor the writing and info slowing and deliberately than when it's read to you.
Julius Caesar, of course.
This is my first reading by S. Langston. He did a great job although he butchered the Latin words.
I loved every bit of it.
This is first ever book of a Roman legion. Tons of great fun and enjoyment.
A transplanted Englishman, I spend my time on biography, history and military books. I appreciate good English and good narration.
My first attempt to read Roman History was disappointing. Any reader who can remember the constantly changing cast of charcaters and associate them with the battles they fought has my admiration. The book recounts battle after battle where legions other than just the 10th legion employed exactly similar tactics with very similar results. The best moments are near the end with the attack on Masada. Repetitive droning, chronological recording of campaign stories. The reader is left amazed at the records the Romans left behind them and the translation work to sift all the detail. I should have read the abridged edition.
Thew reader's voice helped little.
At times, it seems like a book about the life of Ceasar, at times it seems like a book about the Jewish wars. Sometimes it refocuses on the tenth legion, but seems to forget it for substantial periods. The author was very inconsistent and can't seem to make up his mind about what sort of book to write. Sometimes he seems to take stories from ancient historians without question, sometimes he exhibits a degree of skepticism. Maybe he needs a better editor....overall it was interesting but I can't give it high marks.