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james

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  • The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anthony Everitt
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    Emerging as a market town from a cluster of hill villages in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C., Rome grew to become the ancient world's preeminent power. Everitt fashions the story of Rome's rise to glory into an erudite book filled with lasting lessons for our time. He chronicles the clash between patricians and plebeians that defined the politics of the Republic. He shows how Rome's shrewd strategy of offering citizenship to her defeated subjects was instrumental in expanding the reach of her burgeoning empire.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rome from the fall of Troy through Julius Caesar"
    "Amazing comparative of fact, fiction and myth"
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    An intersecting perspective of how fact and fiction have blended to create the Roman mystique that still fascinates us.

    The main downfall is the narrator; despite the fascinating content, it is rolled out in a pedantic drone that is uninspiring at best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Water Sleeps: Chronicles of the Black Company, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Glen Cook
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (111)

    For years, Glen Cook's Black Company series has built a major audience among fantasy fans. Told from the "worm's-eye" view of the soldiers and functionaries who fight in the trenches of vast sorceress wars, this epic has riveted a generation of readers. If the Joseph Heller of Catch-22 were to tell the story of The Lord of the Rings, it might read like the Black Company books.

    james says: "Fantastically Narrated"
    "Fantastically Narrated"
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    It had been a while since I had read the Black Company series, and this audible re-introduction was a pure delight. McLeod Andrews is one of the best narrators I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. The sheer dexterity of his voice allowed the diverse characters to fully come to life in this tale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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