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Nashua, NH | Listener Since 2003

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  • Cleopatra's Kidnappers: How Caesar's Sixth Legion Gave Egypt to Rome and Rome to Caesar

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stephen Dando-Collins
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim

    Julius Caesar was nothing if not bold. When, in the wake of his defeat of Pompey at Pharsalus his victorious legions refused to march another step under his command, he pursued his fleeing rival into Egypt with an impossibly small force of Gallic and German cavalry, raw Italian recruits, and nine hundred Spanish prisoners of war - tough veterans of Pompey's Sixth Legion. Cleopatra's Kidnappers tells the epic saga of Caesar's adventures in Egypt through the eyes of these captured, but never defeated, legionaries.

    jv says: "Should be titled: The 6th Legion: Cleopatra's..."
    "Should be titled: The 6th Legion: Cleopatra's..."
    If you could sum up Cleopatra's Kidnappers in three words, what would they be?

    If you like Roman history you should enjoy this book. I did. But I did find the title misleading a little. It really more of a military history of the 6th Legion and the story of Cleopatra is just a small part of the book.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cleopatra's Kidnappers?

    The whole Alexandria siege was a lot more detailed and precarious for Caeser than previous accounts I have read.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Let me put my two complaints in this section. The first is the author puts too much speculative dialog in the book. Many instances of "the men probably would have said ``blah blah''". The performance is good although the pronunciation of several names are different than other sources. I don't know who is right or wrong or if it is American or British differences ("Soo-tony-us" or "Sway-tony-us" for example).

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, a little too much history for that.

    Any additional comments?

    It is enjoyable but encompasses a lot of detailed history and people and I couldn't keep up with all the different legions and where they were at different times. I didn't find it dull or distracting from enjoying the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, The First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Richard Zacks
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd

    After Tripoli declared war on the United States in 1801, Barbary pirates captured 300 U.S. sailors and marines. President Jefferson sent navy squadrons to the Mediterranean, but he also authorized a secret mission to overthrow the government of Tripoli. He chose an unlikely diplomat, William Eaton, to lead the mission, but before Eaton departed, Jefferson grew wary of the affair and withdrew his support.

    Stewart Kennedy says: "EXCELLENT"
    "More Things You Probably Didn't Know"
    What did you love best about The Pirate Coast?

    This book does a great job of telling the story as described with enough details to be interesting but not dry enough to be dull.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pirate Coast?

    I can't pick a moment but there are two things that stuck with me. The first was how seeing how Jefferson is even more conniving and two-faced than I had thought before (after reading Hamilton's biography). The other is about the sailors' captivity by the pirates is so similar to what Cervantes described for his own and for Don Quixote.

    What does Raymond Todd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I shouldn't answer this one, I listen at 1.5x and the drama in the reading is lost at that speed.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Too long for one sitting but there were times I arrived at home or work and didn't want to get out of the car.

    Any additional comments?

    A good read and some very important American history that is glossed over or told as myth since the truth is not nearly as flattering for the country.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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