The writing was cliched and anachronistic, the dialogue wooden and the delivery, plot and action was tedious. There were few surprises that the reader could not guess well in advance of their "discovery". The book was too long - needs a good editor.
The narrator - Pariseau is just not in the same league with the other narrators I have heard through Audible. His delivery is monotone and sounds as though he is reading the book for only the second time.
Simon Vance is one of my favorites, as is the narrator for Heresy, but I would have chosen Christian Rodska, narrator of the Lindsey Davis Didius Falco series. He would be very suited for the military nature of the book and the main character 1st person narration
The historic time period was interesting.
I loved history of Britan from the Roman occupation and the story of a warm and loving family.
Cius Britanicus as he is the catalyst that sets things going.
All of his voices for each character is incredible he even handles the womens voices ok a tough thing to do in Audio books If I have any criticism it would be that he reads a little too slowly but as I got into the book i got used to it.
I loved Lucia with all her strenght of character and determination
I am an avid Jack Whyte fan and have read every one of his books but I am reliving them now in his audio books and it is a thrill. Just started the singing sword and can hardly wait!
A re-reading of Dorothy Dunnett's 'Niccolo Rising'. A masterclass in substantive and entertaining historical fiction.
This book should never have found a publisher let alone made it into the hands of an editor. But to answer the question: large chunks of the artificial, stilted dialogue.
It's like being transported back to the Roman Empire, but with the light touch of the great narrator.
It reminds me of the style of Ellis Peters in Brother Cadfael for the ability to make you live the historical period and entertain you at the same time.
I definitely like the protagonist Publius Varus
Of course Caius Britannicus is very impressive
I have been waiting for this series to be available since I first joined Audible. When I first read this series in hard cover it became my favorite interpretation of the Arthurian legend. It became the one I compared all others to after reading it, and it still is. Jack Whyte set the bar high for any other "King Arthur" stories that I read. It was great to be able to listen to the story again during my daily commute.
Jack makes it easy to get vested in his characters. You grow and develop with them as the story progresses.
Before the "Once and Future King"
A must read for any Arthurian Legend Fan!!
I really enjoy the historical fiction approach to the Arthurian legend, as opposed to magical realism. Whyte's writing is solid. I got the feeling at many points in the book that he was stretching things out MUCH longer than necessary. Maybe he was trying to make the book a certain length. It showed.Pariseau's character voices were very good but the odd, smug, flat, formal tone of his narration (aka Publius) really made it difficult for me to embrace Publius as a character. Also, I have yet to hear a male narrator do a female character voice in a way that is not obnoxious.
Obviously written with male readers in mind. Which is fine. But trim the fat!!!
Someone younger sounding.
Yes. It's obviously a story that is meant to be continued with future books (and it is).
Caius Brittanicus strength, integrity and the ability to see a plan through to the end, even in the face adversity. All qualities the world could use more of.
At the end of the book one of the main characters dies, and you feel the loss of a friend, a loss that maybe did'nt have to happen except for choices made in the heat of the moment.
This is my favorite author, he is a mason with a strong moral character. He is not preachy in the least rather leading by example through his characters, most of whom you will become quite fond of. Even thevillians have many layers as you peel the onoin that is this series.
Whyte starts with Arthurian pre-history, so it does take its time. But you get the feeling he's laying the groundwork for some great characters and plot twists.
I've read other Arthurian legends, but none of them starts in the last days of the Roman Empire to set the stage for how Camelot was formed. The anarchy that came after the Romans left Britain must have been terrible.
He does such great character work. It's like a radio play -- you understand who everyone is.
Not really. The sex scenes were interesting...
A fun listen. I'm in for the long haul on this one. I hope the story elements pay off!
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
I like Historical Fiction and I hate History texts. This book can not decide what it wants to be. It has some interesting characters and some interesting stories, but it is mostly lectures. It is long detailed descriptions of Roman Warfare. What they wore, full descriptions of most of the weapons they used and how they used them. A lot on tactics, etc. There are lectures on Smithing. There is even lectures on slavery. These lectures often add little to the story. It is a real shame, because when Jack is not lecturing, his well developed characters are doing interesting things. I did not sign up for a Great Courses on Roman Warfare, so six hours in, I called it quits.