The unintelligible reader.
Get another reader.
The reader is truly horrible. It's not just the impenetrable Cockney accent he affects when speaking in the voices of his characters. It's his careless enunciation and elisions even when he's speaking in his own voice. He slurs his words and his characters downright mumble at light speed. Maybe he thinks he's Demosthenes and is practicing with marbles in his mouth, but it is impossible for an American listener to enjoy this story. I returned it without even getting through the first chapter. I've spent time throughout the UK, and never encountered anything like this.
Anger. not at the story; at the self-centered and inconsiderate reader.
A waste of money.
This series gets more boring with every book that is added to it.
A better plot.
If you want to beat insomnia, buy this book and listen in bed with a pair of light headphones. You will be asleep in minutes.
If you're looking for a story set during the Punic Wars and weaving the plot into the times, look elsewhere. This is a quintessentially boring story about lifeless characters that could have been set on any farm during any time period.
No connection to the era, no scholarship, no plot or character development, no action.
The entire book. It's not of publishable quality.
Nothing remotely interesting, let alone exciting.
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