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Arena | [Simon Scarrow, T. J. Andrews]

Arena

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?
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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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    lynn rocky mount, VA, United States 03-09-14
    lynn rocky mount, VA, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2011
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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


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    Roger Ballarat, Australia 01-02-14
    Roger Ballarat, Australia 01-02-14 Member Since 2011
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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.

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    Rob Hope Valley, Australia 09-18-13
    Rob Hope Valley, Australia 09-18-13 Member Since 2011
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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

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  • 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
  • Mr. John Knights
    Newcastle England
    10/9/13
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    "Nonstop action from start to finish....."
    Where does Arena rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Arena rates among my favourite...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Arena?

    The very end when Marina gets his comeuppance.


    What about David Thorpe’s performance did you like?

    A truly brilliant actor. It was like listening to several actors in one room.


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

    It made me care for what happened to the main characters Pavo and Marco.


    Any additional comments?

    This audio book did not get very good rating. So I listen to a 5 minute sample of it. I thought that it sounded quite exciting. A very well wrote book that races along at breakneck speed. David Thorpe's acting brought the whole thing to life. When I listen to the sample of the book I thought to myself no way can it keep up that pace but it did!! It was a nice surprise..

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    Dorchester, United Kingdom
    9/26/13
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    "Bit of a let down"
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    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.

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