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  • The Eagle of the Ninth

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rosemary Sutcliff
    • Narrated By Charlie Simpson
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Marcus Flavius Aquila, a young centurion in Roman Britain, is forced into retirement after receiving a wound in his first major engagement against a rebel British tribe. It allows him the freedom to embark upon a dangerous mission to find out what happened to the Ninth Legion, which, years before, disappeared in the savage lands of the Picts. Will he find out what happened to the men, led by his father, who never returned? And will he recover the Eagle, the symbol of Roman dominance and power?

    Connie H. Liddiard says: "Give it to us unabridged!"
    "Give us the Unabridged version, please"
    Overall

    The abridged version strips out everything except action, and leaves us wondering about setting and interior dialogue. Come on, anyone who isn't familiar with the late Ms. Sutcliffe's uncluttered yet evocative prose, or who came to this story after seeing the (shudder) movie which was VERY loosely based on this book, would have little encouragement to try her other books. They just are not long enough in the original to justify this bowdlerized version. That said, if you don't have access to the print version, try this one anyway. Or another of her unabridged books to discover what you are missing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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