This delicious little murder mystery takes place in ancient Rome and in Roman Britain during the reign of Vespasian. I was struck by how modern and familiar daily life in the Roman Empire seemed in the book. Very graphic depictions of the life of a slave in the silver mines in Britain were horrifying, but seemed authentic. The narrator, Christian Rodska, speaks with an apparent northern English accent, (Lancaster?) but gives the senator in England a pretty convincing Oxford and his landlady a satisfying cockney (Mrs Bridges?). He softens his voice for the noble women. I found his narration surprisingly satisfying.
In high school we were told that this novel ranked with Moby Dick as "THE Great American Novel." I'm glad I finally got to it in my old age! Well, Moby Dick may be a greater novel, but it is much harder to read. This book flows and unfolds like a soap opera and really held my interest to the end. Dan John Miller is a wonderful reader. He can do voices -- children, regional accents, and is able to give each character a different voice. I highly recommend this novel.
The hero of the book is Clyde, and this book is a sort of coming-of-age for him. Hwe seems all too real as he changes from the obedient son of a street preacher into a ruthless man. That may be a spoiler, so I don't want to say any more.
yes, but it is a long one!
Penman really knows the Middle ages, and she took me back to those chaotic times. Emily Gray made it even more real.
The pageantry, the descriptions, the suspense.
This is the fourth book by Sharon Kay Penman I've read, first one on audio. Although I loved the reader, I found it hard to follow on audio -- I needed a list of the characters and a map, so I recommend that others get the book in paperback, hardbound or e-book unless you have a photographic mind, as I'm sure many audio fans have!
Victor Hugo put so very much deep thinking into this. Sometimes I didn't want to hear so much philosophizing and wanted to get on with the story, but it is brilliant and masterfully plotted out! It is hard for me to get the French names on audiobook, though I think George Guidall pronounces them meticulously. I was surprised that the book was so long -- doubt that I'd have finished it if I had chosen to read it in print. That would have been sad, because he really paints a detailed picture of the thinking of post-Napoleonic France. His description of the Battle of Waterloo is stunning.
I was worried that the actors might not be able to be convincing with their southern accents. They were all great.
This book is hilarious, and Fey's narration is just what you'd expect from the accomplished actress, comedienne, and aper. I was so glad she included her send-up of Sara Palin!
I do like Penn's theology, and he's pretty amusing, but he is so strident that I got tired of listening and did not finish the book.
Nothing but battle descriptions. I'm sorry I bought it. I wish audible had a way to return books that don't turn out to be sufficiently captivating to hold ones' interest.
Really exciting and gripping. The actors are wonderful, though I prefer the Lindsay Davis novels read by Christian Rodska.
I only wish I could get the rest of the book! I don't even know the title!
This is a delightful book and a delightful series, for anyone who likes the Ancient Rome setting for mystery novels. Christian Rodska is an amazing narrator. He can make many different regional accents so I don't have any trouble telling the characters apart. Lindsay Davis writes about Marcus Didius Falco, P.I. (Public Informer), who is married to the daughter of a senator. Davis' descriptions are entertaining and informative, and the portrayals of family life in Ancient Rome are unique in the genre.
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