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Juan

I'm a fan of classics, biographies, science and philosophy.

Miami, FL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Henryk Sienkiewicz
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    Marcus, a Roman officer in Nero's army, risks his career, his family, and even his life when he falls in love with a Christian woman named Callina. In order to win Callina's love, Marcus must come to understand the true meaning of her religion, even as Rome sinks under the excesses of Nero and Christians are thrown to the lions. Quo Vadis brims with passion and life as it explores one of the turning points in history.

    adjutant says: "loved every word"
    "Wonderful story!"
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Henryk Sienkiewicz and/or Frederick Davidson?

    I really like Henryk Sienkiewicz: he has very vivid imagery and his characters are complex and very real. I would definitely give a shot at With Fire and Sword and his other titles.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Vinicius because I could feel his frustration at the Roman lifestyle: emptiness and because of it never really having enough. His character shows us why we must be compassionate even to the most ruthless of people: they are humans who like the rest of us are in search of happiness.


    What didn’t you like about Frederick Davidson’s performance?

    I did not like the tone of his voice: his intonations of sentences sound like questions and not like a narration. There is also something pompous and arrogant about the way he reads, which fits some characters but certainly not others.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The Roman world is depicted in great detail, with lively characters and a story line that pulls us out of our own cosmos and into one that can make us question the paradigms that we allow to govern our decisions and views in life.


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