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thomas

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  • SPQR III: The Sacrilege

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Maddox Roberts
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (72)

    When a sacret woman's rite in the ancient city of Rome is infiltrated by a corrupt patrician dressed in female garb, it falls to Senator Decuis Caecilius Metellus the Younger, whose investigative skills have proven indispensable in the past, to unmask the perpetrators. When four brutal slayings follow, Decius enlists the help a notorious and dangerous criminal.

    Derek Partridge says: "Different narrator, same ol' Decius"
    "A riveting and pleasurable listening experience"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's a seduction into the endlessly curious world of the romans and all their ways. It's both a detective tale and a political/historical thriller.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sacrilege?

    The malediction scene.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "And you think Washington is a nest of vipers."


    Any additional comments?

    You must render all of the SPQR series into unabridged audio books. They are worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Murder on the Appian Way: A Mystery of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Steven Saylor
    • Narrated By Scott Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Ancient Rome has been in a state of turmoil as the rival gangs of Publius Clodius, a high-born, populist politician, and his arch-enemy, Titus Milo, have fought to control the consular elections. When Clodius is murdered on the famed Appian Way and Milo is accused of the crime, the city explodes with riots and arson, and even the near sacrosanct Senate House is burned to the ground.

    Edward G. Mitchell says: "Great book, bad reader"
    "An older actor with a little gravitas is needed."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Actually, it was for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Murder on the Appian Way?

    The beginning.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He sounded like a San Francisco bistro waiter. But seriously, Novels set in Rome are inherently alien. I think British actors are best at this as they impart enough separateness while being understandable. We are all now used to hearing Romans portrayed as British via I Claudius, etc. that it is oddly more natural.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Murder on the Appian Way?

    None that I can remember.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The King Must Die

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Mary Renault
    • Narrated By Michael York
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    This is the classic story of the young Theseus - Prince of Troizen, King of Eleusis and Athens, slayer of the Minotaur. Mary Renault's powerful novel captures the modern imagination by weaving myth, legend, history, and fiction into the story of a young hero's search for his destiny, or moira. If you like The King Must Die, try The Bull from the Sea.

    Sarah Blair says: "Sad treatment for a classic of historical fiction"
    "This is not abridged. It's decapitated!"
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    Would you try another book from Mary Renault and/or Michael York?

    Only if it's not abridged beyond all recognition. York does a splendid job.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Renault again?

    See above


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The King Must Die?

    I'd just read the whole book. It's meant to be long, evocative and involved.


    Any additional comments?

    Make it foolproof that purchasers know that they are buying an abridged work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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