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Miami, FL, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 77 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Vespasian: False God of Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert Fabbri
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny

    Vespasian is serving as a military officer on the outskirts of the Roman Empire, suppressing local troubles and defending the Roman way. But political events in Rome draw him back to the city. When Caligula becomes emperor, Vespasian believes that things will improve. Instead, he watches his leader deteriorate from being Rome's shining star to a blood-crazed, profligate madman. Lavish building projects, endless games, and public displays of his incestuous relationship with his sister, Drusilla, and a terrified senate are nothing to Caligula's most ambitious plan....

    Morten says: "Best of the series so far"
    What disappointed you about Vespasian: False God of Rome?

    The unintelligible reader.

    What could Robert Fabbri have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Get another reader.

    What didn’t you like about Peter Kenny’s performance?

    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.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger. not at the story; at the self-centered and inconsiderate reader.

    Any additional comments?

    A waste of money.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Amber Road: Warrior of Rome, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Harry Sidebottom
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In AD 264, the Roman Empire has been torn in two. The western provinces - Gaul, Spain, and Britain - have been seized by Postumus, the pretender to the throne. To the east, on the plains of northern Italy, the armies of the emperor Gallienus muster, and he is keen to take his rightful place of power. A war between two emperors is coming, and everyone must choose a side.

    Carlos says: "Pedantic and soporific"
    "Pedantic and soporific"
    Would you try another book from Harry Sidebottom and/or Stefan Rudnicki?

    This series gets more boring with every book that is added to it.

    How could the performance have been better?

    A better plot.

    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Coin of Carthage

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Bryher
    • Narrated By Nadia May

    The war that began in 218 B.C. with Hannibal's march across the Alps is one of the familiar stories of history, but its details are little known. A struggle between an emerging barbarian power and an old culture, it pitted a Roman army of mostly farmers against the highly trained officers of Carthage. Hannibal's empire, founded on her control of the sea, would lose her fight against the Romans' new methods of naval warfare.

    George says: "mundane tale"
    "A truly bad book"
    What disappointed you about The Coin of Carthage?

    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.

    Has The Coin of Carthage turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No connection to the era, no scholarship, no plot or character development, no action.

    Which character – as performed by Nadia May – was your favorite?


    What character would you cut from The Coin of Carthage?

    The entire book. It's not of publishable quality.

    Any additional comments?

    Nothing remotely interesting, let alone exciting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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