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Anne

Spokane, WA, United States

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  • Caesar's Legion: The Epic Saga of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion and the Armies of Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stephen Dando-Collins
    • Narrated By Stuart Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (171)

    Stephen Dando-Collins paints a vivid and definitive portrait of daily life in the Tenth Legion as he follows Caesar and his men along the blood-soaked fringes of the Empire. This unprecedented regimental history reveals countless previously unknown details about Roman military practices, Caesar's conduct as a commander and his relationships with officers and legionnaires, and the daily routine and discipline of the Legion.

    Ethan M. says: "You should really be interested in the topic first"
    "Better as hardcopy"
    Overall

    Fascinating material; deadly narration. I would have been better served to have read a hardcopy version of this book. The material suits itself well to an index and jumping back to prior battles, legions, locations and individuals. If you truly love history, this may be one of those times that you want to read the book rather than listen to it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mayday

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille, Thomas Block
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (885)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (368)

    Twelve miles above the Pacific Ocean, a missile strikes a jumbo passenger jet and leaves the flight crew either crippled or dead. This is the story of how three survivors must achieve the impossible and land the plane. Master storyteller Nelson DeMille and veteran pilot Thomas Block collaborated on Mayday, the most terrifyingly realistic air disaster thriller of all time. Also available abridged.

    Douglas says: "Great adventure! Hard to put down."
    "Groan."
    Overall

    I tried hard to get past the stiff narration to give the story a chance. I tried really, really hard. Five unfortunates survive a high altitude disaster to suffer a plane full of brain-fried zombies with "arms outstretched" and libidinous desires. Oh, please. It gets worse. There's a man eating Golden Retriever, unrelenting references to vomit and other body excretions, gigantic holes in both sides of the fuselage but damage only to the voice radios, and plot developments that require impossible reader imagination. The book is formulaic, unsophisticated and completely indigestible.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful

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