Uninteresting storyline and characters. Awful, redundant prose. I rarely give up on a book, but the writing was so awful that I yelled in frustration at the author on several occasions and didn't even get through the first half.
I'm not even sure what genre this is.
Yes, the narration was OK.
All of them.
A story line that made sense would be nice. A strict editor could have excised the repetitive parts, that would have shortened the book considerably. Mr. Brown could have a little faith in his readers - we aren't stupid, you know.
Stupid, stupid story line, really bad writing.
None of them.
I'd have cut about half the book. No, probably all of it. Lots of scenes, but mostly lots and lots and lots of repetitive sentences.
Maybe Mr. Brown should try his hand at writing travel logs, or poetry, or selling insurance. His run as a crime/suspense writer is up.
Perhaps so. I think this would have been a very fast read, and the story deserves to be savored. I recommended it to my mother, who is reading it on a trip. It's supposed to last her until she gets home, and she's had to ration it in order to make it last. This book is such a delight, it would be easy to sit down and devour it whole. But, as I said, there's a lot of subtlety that isn't readily apparent, and it needs to be taken in at a leisurely pace. Having the audio recording ensures (at least for me, because I only listen in my car) that I had time to think about the story in between my commute times.
The main character, who narrates the story in the first person, more or less. He's a regular guy, very easy to relate to.
His voice is a great match for the main character.
There were many moments that made me laugh out loud or smile broadly.
Thank you - Audible, Mr. Merullo, and Mr. Rnnette, for such a delightful experience!
I can't quite figure out the point of this book. The characters are not terribly interesting, not much happens, there's not much in the way of insight so far (I haven't yet finished listening); it's a lot like real life. Maybe the end will surprise me; I hope so.
No, I'm pretty bored by this one. The prose is fine, the characters are logical, there's nothing wrong with it, but I'm never in a hurry to turn it on and start listening again.
still waiting for a favorite scene
Imperium is a good audio choice, as it's fast-paced, straight forward, and I felt no need to "turn back the pages" to review earlier content.
I was amazed at how many parallels there are between Roman Law and politics and our own. I loved the fact that what I thought would be dry (neither law nor politics are of great interest to me, nor is the Roman Empire, for that matter) ended up being one of the most riveting stories I've enjoyed this year. It's well written, it doesn't condescend to the audience, it's thoughtful, and I learned a lot.
Excellent voice modulation for the different characters.
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