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Arena

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Publisher's Summary

A thrilling new Roman novel charting the gruelling rise of gladitorial recruit Pavo by the best-selling author of The Legion and Praetorian Ancient Rome provides the setting for the gripping story of the champion gladiator Pavo, trained to kill, and a pawn in the games of the powerful and ambitious.

Pavo's journey begins when he encounters the Roman soldier Macro, who has been charged with his training. Bonds of friendship develop between the two men, both aware that their fates depend not only on Pavo's skills in the arena but also on the whims of powerful and ruthless senators. Can Pavo survive to fulfil his most cherished goal - revenge for the murder of his father at the hands of a champion gladiator?

©2013 Simon Scarrow (P)2013 Headline Digital

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    Roger Ballarat, Australia 01-02-14
    Roger Ballarat, Australia 01-02-14
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    "Badly Written and Badly Read."
    What disappointed you about Arena?

    I have to say I loved Simon Scarrow's Cato and Macro characters, and I enjoyed Scarrow's writing - it got the story done with enough embellishment to entrance and transport to a relatively authentic impression of the time. So I bought this book, (not realising he wrote it with someone else) expecting the same. Anyway, for whatever reason, this book is as bad as his other books were good - the plot plods along a linear timeline from one uninteresting turn of events to another, stumbling over laughable cliches and repetitive character reactions, made all the worse by the histrionic reading of David Thorpe. I won't go on, because enough is said. All I can say is, stick to writing on your own Simon, because it seems the other bloke just dragged you down on this one.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Simon Scarrow and T. J. Andrews again?

    One more chance to Simon Scarrow, but definitely never T.J. Andrews.


    What didn’t you like about David Thorpe’s performance?

    Disliked it intensely. Histrionic, badly interpreted and misphrased.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom and mirth


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler 09-19-15
    Tyler 09-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Story read like it was on repeat"
    Would you try another book from Simon Scarrow and T. J. Andrews and/or David Thorpe?

    Yes, I would still listen to David Thorpe's narrations, and I'd be willing to read another Scarrow


    Any additional comments?

    This book seemed like a never ended repeat of events. Main character gets into a tight spot due to the nasty Grecian. He is forced to fight. He whines about the injustice of it. He trains. He wins. He is still subject the the Grecian's plots. Plot escalates (barely). Repeat.

    I was not satisfied with the end. I did not like the characters, and an overuse of the f word made me feel like the characters were adolescents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rob 09-18-13
    Rob 09-18-13
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    "Dont waste your time or money"
    What disappointed you about Arena?

    Sub plots that make no sense - characters devoid of personality - You actually find yourself rooting for the bad guys - Whiny self absorbed 2 dimensional hero then suddenly he finds the heroism to save the world. Vomit.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything but this


    How could the performance have been better?

    white noise


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I want my money back

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    lynn rocky mount, VA, United States 03-09-14
    lynn rocky mount, VA, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "another great Simon Scarrow book"
    Would you listen to Arena again? Why?

    great book about Rome and the gladiatorial events and the things that could have happened under the reign of Cladius with his use of vindictive freedmen that he did use as advisors


    What other book might you compare Arena to and why?

    other simon scarrow book you should read all of the they are very good


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

    his voice is wonderful for the book


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dorchester, United Kingdom
    9/26/13
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    "Bit of a let down"
    Any additional comments?

    I have read all of Simon Scarrows works and always keep an eye out for a new read / listen from him. This was not his normal work and i felt someone else had written it all and asked Scarrow to have a look before publishing.I found this book to be very far fetched, i know its a fiction novel but the main character was a superman and totally unbelievable. I did not enjoy it at all and i will look twice before purchasing another from Scarrow and any other co author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Pillerton priors, United Kingdom
    7/20/15
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    "A devious tale"
    What did you like most about Arena?

    My son thought this was a thrilling and fast moving story. He particularly liked the tricky Greeks called Palllas and Marena(?) who could never be trusted to do what they said.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Macro (of macro and Cato fame) who was always straight to the point and took any disaapointment in his stride.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The best bit was when Marena got his come uppance at the end... In a truly Roman way.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Much better than Gladiator


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dustin
    Haslemere, United Kingdom
    2/26/14
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    "Disappointing!"
    What disappointed you about Arena?

    The narrative and characters appeared to me to be confused and shallow which is in total contrast to the amazing Sword and Scimitar or any other of Mr. Scarrow’s publications.


    What will your next listen be?

    Something by Mr. Harry Sidebottom.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by David Thorpe?

    Yes.


    What character would you cut from Arena?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Having followed the fabulous adventures of Cato and Macro for a number of years now, this book disappointed unconditionally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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