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Joshua Cameron-Maginness

Auckland, New Zealand

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  • First Man in Rome, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Stanley McGeagh
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The first book in the epic Masters of Rome series. Rome. 110BC. A city which is home to Gaius Marius, prosperous but lowborn, a proud and disciplined soldier emboldened by his shrewdness and self-made wealth. It is also home to Lucius Cornelius Sulla, a handsome young aristocrat corrupted by poverty, a shameless pleasure seeker. Two men of extraordinary vision, men of ruthless ambition, both blessed and cursed by the special favour of Fortune. Men fated to lay the foundations of the most awesome empire ever known, and to play out a mighty struggle for power and glory - for Marius and Sulla share a formidable ambition.

    Joshua Cameron-Maginness says: "Brilliant and enjoyable way to enjoy history"
    "Brilliant and enjoyable way to enjoy history"
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    Story
    If you could sum up First Man in Rome, Part 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Colleen McCullough has written a brilliant series which really brings history to life and it's an amazing time in history - Western Civilisation down to today is shaped by the events told here. It's the story of the characters and events from the late days of the Roman Republic (through this and later books in the series), all the way to the days of Julius Caesar. While dialogue is created to fit the historical facts, Colleen has also drawn from known documents and incorporated these into the text. It's a masterful piece of work and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great story and/or loves history.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (111)

    Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) ascended to the throne of Macedon at the age of 20. He fought his greatest battles, including the conquest of the mighty Persian Empire, before he was 25, and died at the age of 33, still undefeated by any enemy. His reputation as a supreme warrior and leader of men is unsurpassed in the annals of history.

    Bill says: "Excellent"
    "Good but for the awful accent"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was an interesting and worthwhile fiction of Alexander's life


    What did you like best about this story?

    The weaving of fact with imagined and interpreted storytelling


    What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

    I liked the story but the mispronouncing everything to an American style was incredibly grating! Like "comm-ahn-der" being pronounced as "kommand-er". Every time he (being an English not American speaker) got it wrong, it ruined my concentration and therefore the story


    Did The Virtues of War inspire you to do anything?

    Avoid John Lee at all cost


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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