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  • Roman Blood: A Mystery of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Steven Saylor
    • Narrated By Scott Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    In Rome, 80 B.C., on a warm spring morning, Gordianus the Finder receives a summons to the house of a then-unknown young advocate and orator, Cicero. Ambitious and brilliant, the 26-year-old Cicero is about to argue his first important case. His client is a wealthy farmer, one Sextus Roscius of the town of Ameria, who stands accused of the most unforgivable act in Ancient Rome: the murder of his father.

    Greg says: "good read/listen"
    "Whodunits and History DO Mix --"
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    What did you love best about Roman Blood?

    Saylor crafts his detective mysteries in the nooks and crannies of Roman history. Learn a bit about Julius Caesar or Cicero and Roman culture while reading a detective novel! I have read them all and enjoyed them immensely.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Roman Blood?

    The description of daily life in the Subura.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It would be hard to pick just one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Basilisk Station: Honor Harrington, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2499)
    Performance
    (1846)
    Story
    (1842)

    Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....

    gerry says: "Damn you Steve Gibson"
    "Larger Than Life!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of On Basilisk Station to be better than the print version?

    No; the narrator was not my favorite.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The long-standing tension detween Harrington and Pavel Young drives some of the subplots quite nicely.


    Which character – as performed by Allyson Johnson – was your favorite?

    The narration was only adequate, so I would be hard pressed to name a favorite.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Klaus Hauptman's comeuppance was quite satisfying.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator's odd pronunciation of the word Manticoran (it annoyed me no end).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • With the Lightnings: RCN Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By David Drake
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine, David Drake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (251)

    Daniel Leary is a lieutenant in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy with no money and no prospects since he quarreled with his ruthless, politically powerful father. Adele Mundy is a scholar with no money and no prospects since her family was massacred for conspiring against the Government of Cinnabar. Kostroma is a wealthy planet which depends on diplomacy to stay independent in a galaxy whose two great powers, Cinnabar and the Alliance, battle for supremacy.

    E. Atkinson says: "Master and Commander in Space"
    "Horatio Hornblower In Space . . ."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Looking for Henry James? Proust? Keep going. Light entertainment and adventure? Come on in and prop your feet up.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lt. Leary's servant, Hogg -- a delightfully disreputable character.


    Have you listened to any of Victor Bevine and David Drake ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    That would be when Adele Mundy realized there were people she could trust, after all.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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