Marcus, a Roman officer in Nero's army, risks his career, his family, and even his life when he falls in love with a Christian woman named Callina. In order to win Callina's love, Marcus must come to understand the true meaning of her religion, even as Rome sinks under the excesses of Nero and Christians are thrown to the lions. Quo Vadis brims with passion and life as it explores one of the turning points in history.
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I don't understand some of the other reviews ! Not only is Frederick Davidson THE best narrator on Audible he also does a perfect job in reading this book. There can be hardly anything said about the story for it is known to most of us, and may it even be from the picture made in in the 60ies, starring the unforgetable Sir Peter Ustinov. The criticism about the "ancient ttranslation" is not very well founded. Sure, there are a lot of "thou" and "thee" but this makes the story more interesting and does not affect the fluency of the book. I read this book many years ago and this "audio delicasy" brought back old memories. All in all it was extremely enjoyable listening to this great tale.
First, Sienkiewicz is one of my favorite authors, and it is a shame that Audible doesn’t offer more of his works. Quo Vadis would only rank in the middle of the pack, with many better books out there. Please record more!
Some reviews complain about the translation, there is not a mistake here; Sienkiewicz is writing a book about things that happened about 30 years after the death of Christ, so he tried to make the language sound contemporary to the bible. It makes sense in the story. Admittedly Frederick Davidson’s narration may make this a little worse to people who are sensitive to something that sounds "old", as he does have a very formal British accent. Personally Davidson is one of my favorite narrators on Audible, and I feel he does great work with this Nobel Prize winning novel. While on one hand this is a novel about Christians in Rome (one of the better books in this genera), it may also be interesting that the author wrote this in a partitioned Poland. Not all the jabs are just about the historic decadence of Rome.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
If you liked Ben Hur and The Robe and have the patience to read something above the eighth grade level (that is to say, something with high level language, extensive explication of historical setting and surroundings, and slow but sure character development), you will like Quo Vadis. It will remind you a lot of The Robe in its theme and development, but it is a fine classic in its own right.
I'm a fan of classics, biographies, science and philosophy.
I really like Henryk Sienkiewicz: he has very vivid imagery and his characters are complex and very real. I would definitely give a shot at With Fire and Sword and his other titles.
I loved Vinicius because I could feel his frustration at the Roman lifestyle: emptiness and because of it never really having enough. His character shows us why we must be compassionate even to the most ruthless of people: they are humans who like the rest of us are in search of happiness.
I did not like the tone of his voice: his intonations of sentences sound like questions and not like a narration. There is also something pompous and arrogant about the way he reads, which fits some characters but certainly not others.
The Roman world is depicted in great detail, with lively characters and a story line that pulls us out of our own cosmos and into one that can make us question the paradigms that we allow to govern our decisions and views in life.
No, the book has so many references to historic figures, that the print version offers the opportunity to stop and review--it makes following the story easier.
Yes, however i felt his performance was stilted and lacked nuance. For example, Lygia was always breathless and Peter sounded like Dracula. This was the first time I listened to a recording of his and I felt it was the weakest part of the experience.
Beware: this is the late 19th-century translation which uses archaic English (thee's and thou's and Bible-like phrasing and syntax) to give the text an "ancient" feel. Five minutes of "Dost thou know how I love thee?" is quaint, but one tires of the ornate speech rather quickly. There's an up-to-date, contemporary translation of Quo Vadis that is supposed to be very good but it is not yet on audio. As well, the narrator speaks with an uber-upper class British accent that, combined with the archaic language, turns the characters into snobs and drama queens. Not sure if this was intended or not, but Nero actually sounds normal in comparison the insufferably snobbish Petronius! Still, there are some very fine moments in this book and some levity sprinkled here and there. Sienkiewich did his homework and one really does get immersed in this vanished civilization. Hopefully they'll bring the modern translation to audio.
I can't understand the narrator. I kept having to rewind sometimes 3-4 times to try to understand what he said. Heard this was a great book. I want to hear the story. Wish I could find it narrated by someone without accent.
I've grown spoiled by the quality of great narrators in my Audible library. Unfortunately, Mr. Davidson's narration of Quo Vadis? did not work for me. His reading style seemed more suited for lecturing at a University.
There is no flow, the tonality given to people is just so unbelievable, I mean the Tribune( military hero) sounds like my 12 year old daughter when she whines about her curfew
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