It seemed to be a contrivance, whose sole purpose was to show off the author's scholarship (which seems considerable).
Virtually any true voice actor on the planet. At best, Scott Harrison is a reader, but not a very good one at that.
Certainly disappointment, as I am a fan of Rome and Roman history, and was looking forward to a good read.
I'd like to try another Saylor story, read by someone else. If for no other reason than to see if my adverse reaction to the former is prompted by the latter.
This book has a moderately interesting plot, but a complete lack of sophistication in the writing makes me think that it was written by a high school student.
It is possible that English is the narrator's second language. Alternatively, that the narrator is reading the words exactly as written (see above re lack of sophistication), and is not voice acting as most great narrators do. The dialogue is wooden, uncomfortable to listen to, and doesn't accurately reflect the way people speak. I'm halfway through the book, and haven't yet heard a single contraction!
As I said, the plot is interesting, if a bit predictable. In the hands of a better writer this story would be fun to read or listen to. It's not the scenes that are wrong, it's the author's lack of language skills that make his book unlikable.
Your canned commentary indicates (for reasons that are quite valid) that this would be a good book for teenagers. However, I'd have to disagree when it comes to the quality of writing. This is not something that should be touted as a teenage "must read".
All about revenge!
The quirky, unconventional protagonist. The intimate navigation of Roman streets and neighborhoods.
No I haven't, but will actively seek him out.
I rarely have extreme reactions to books, but that doesn't mean that this one wasn't a very pleasurable experience from beginning to end.
This was my first Aurelio Zen experience, but will certainly not be the last.
A lovely story, beautifully told. I'd be hard pressed to say whether I liked this story better than Frazier's others, but it certainly is right up there. Incredible use of language, fully realized by Will Patton's narration.
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