I give this book an OK, but it has two big faults. First, the story line is very repetitious and it starts to drag. Still, it is entertaining as a summer read.
The biggest fault of the audiobook is the reading. The reader has a voice completely lacking in ability to add tension and nuance to high energy scenes. In terms of pitch, there is no gravitas; it is as if the author is trying to read the story as quickly as possible. Perhaps he is paid by the word? I am not sure that Steve Berry’s stories are any better, but he at least has a top-notch reader in Scott Brick that adds to the fun. Finally, as others have mentioned, the reader's Italian is poor. When a book takes place in Italy, the reader should be know Italian better.
Didius is at it again with the usual nasty people, political problems and women problems in a foreign land. Once again they are on the fringes of the Roman Empire in Britain. Good story that moves along and is well read. However, if you don't like historical fiction, this type of mystery may not be liked.
For fans of Michael Dibdin, this is a real treat. Michael Kitchen is perfect for Zen and his adventures.
A little more lively reading would be nice.
This is similar to the other Bruno books I have read or listened to.
While the book is a little slow, it is still a nice listen. A definite listen if you are going to the French countryside for vacation.
I love Steven Saylor's books, I have read them all. So I was delighted to see this audio book in the Audible collection.
Unfortunately, I didn't check out the reader before purchasing the audiobook. The thought didn't even cross my mind as I am so use to having good readers on Audible.
The reader has a boring voice completely lacking any depth. He is unable to create different characters so I am constantly in doubt as to who is talking. Finally, his delivery is mechanical without any of the suspense or mystery that a good reader can offer.
My advice is to check out the audio sample for yourself. As for myself, I will stick with the actual books until a new reader comes through.
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