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Danny

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  • EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Paul Blake
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (125)

    Julius Caesar has taken his legions north into mighty battles with the Gallic tribes. But as his successes mount, overwhelming ambition and new alliances begin to threaten his friendship with Marcus Brutus, brother-in-arms and fellow warrior. Although the conquest of Gaul has made Caesar a hero all over again, his victories on the battlefield cause still more rivalries at home. And ultimately Caesar and Brutus will have to choose whether to cross the Rubicon - together or singly - and to take the fight to Rome itself.

    Danny says: "How To Ruin a Good Story"
    "How To Ruin a Good Story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Emperor?

    The frustration at such appalling narration.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Blake’s performances?

    Never.


    Could you see Emperor being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Its been done.


    Any additional comments?

    I REALLY enjoyed the first two volumes of this series, narrated by the excellent Robert Glenister. Eagerly, I purchased volume 3, despite some minor concerns about the change of narrator. Quickly it became apparent that I should have listened more carefully to my intuition. I was prepared for the changes in character voices; how could it be otherwise? But it got worse.Blake is enragingly frustrating in his insistence to mispronounce accepted character names. Servilia becomes "Sir Whillia"; Pompey becomes "Pompeii"; Cato becomes "Carto"; Octavian, "Octarwhian" and Catiline becomes "Carterline and then, within the space of a single paragraph, "Carterleenie". Its astounding that Blake has not yet (I haven't managed to get to the end of the story) found bizarre and previously unheard pronunciations of Caesar and Brutus.Here's advice for future consumers who have the choice: listen to and love the first two volumes of this excellent series - thereafter, buy the books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lewis Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By Peter Forbes
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (120)

    An unidentified corpse is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. News of the discovery soon reaches Fin Macleod. However, since swapping his life in Edinburgh for a quiet existence on Lewis, such mysteries are no longer a concern for the former Detective Inspector. Or so he thought. The sequel to the Blackhouse which was selected for the WH Smith Richard and Judy Bookclub, and the second book in the Lewis triology.

    dumbclub says: "Visit the Outer Hebrides"
    "Cannot Fault This"
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    Any additional comments?

    I don't normally go in for reviewing stuff online, but feel compelled in this instance. Peter May's evocative character portraits and empathetic storytelling, coupled with Peter Forbes' gentle and thoughtful interpretation of it, make this the finest book I have ever listened to.

    An old man with dementia is my new literary hero!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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