Julius Caesar has been assassinated. A nation is in mourning. Revenge will be bloody... Rome's great hero has been brutally murdered by his most trusted allies. While these self-appointed Liberatores seek refuge in the senate, they have underestimated one man: Caesar's adopted son Octavian, a man whose name will echo through history as Augustus Caesar.
Uniting with his great rival Mark Antony, Octavian will stop at nothing to seek retribution and avenge his father's death. His greatest hatred is reserved for Brutus, Caesar's childhood friend and greatest ally, now leader of the conspirators. As the people take to the streets of Rome, the Liberatores must face their fate. Some flee the city; others will not escape mob justice. Not a single one will die a natural death. And the reckoning will come for Brutus on the sweeping battlefield at Philippi.
The epic fifth novel in Conn Iggulden's bestselling 'Emperor' series.
©2013 Conn Iggulden (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
I'd recommend it to anyone who had read the previous books, or anyone wanting to jump in (as the death of Caesar makes a good starting point). However, I would NOT recommend this Audible version, as the narrator ruins the book completely.
Everything. It was terrible. But let me try to list my main objections:
- Healy has a strange lilt to his voice that is either an accent or terrible reading skills. The upshot is that every full stop, he lifts his voice the way you sometimes do when reading to young children.
- His reading pace hardly ever changes, meaning even in tense, action-packed moments, it's as if he's reading "My dog Spot" to a room of 5-year-olds.
- He doesn't differentiate between characters as far as I could tell, meaning that when one character interrupts another, it gets reeeeally confusing.
- I don't think he's read the book beforehand; Imagine how you'd say the sentence "I think I'd quite like a sandwich and a nice cup of tea". Now imagine Healy saying, in the exact same way "You're a disgrace to Rome!..." (the exclamation point silent), and then continuing, completely obliviously (and still just as ploddingly) "...shouted Octavian and slammed his fist into the table." The disconnect between how Iggulden claimed Octavian said it and how Healy reads it would be funny, if it wasn't ruining my book.
I had to finish this book in hard-copy. Worst narration I've experienced since "Rendezvous with Rama".
What a wooden narration! Made worse by an obvious complete lack of knowledge of the subject matter which led to annoying miss-pronunciation of names & places. Please, Mr Iggulden - a good narrator is almost as important as you! Try Humphrey Bower to see how it is really done.
Actually, the story IS interesting, although less enjoyable than the previous two volumes of this great series on Rome and Caesar.
No, not at all. He reads stiltingly, making pauses more appropriate for small children. I didn't finish listening to the book because of his irritating narration.
I wish I could listen to this book with a different narrator.
I am a fanatical historical fiction reader. And while the historical components were interesting, plot and character development were mediocre. I enjoyed the narrators' voice, but he wasn't much of a performer. The earlier Caesar were compelling and this one didn't measure up.
The story was good. terrible narration, felt like pulling teeth
No, read the book instead
"Narration made me wish for the Armies of Caeser"
For the narrator to have been tied down and forced to listen to his own steady destruction of a wonderful book
When the narrator pronounced Iggulden's name Ig-Gulden after 7 seconds - However, after 6 hrs and 39 minutes of the second part he gives in and pronounces the name correctly.
By reading the book. The emphasis is all over the place and he sounds like a robot. There is NOTHING to redeem this terrible narration - Why oh why would ANYONE decide this farce is acceptable??
Nothing - The story is perfect
Bring back crucifiction for the narrator and SHAME on Audible for charging a single denarius for this. I hope Conn Iggulden writes many more great books and never allows them to be mashed by this narrator again.
"narrator is a cure for insomnia"
having somebody with a more interesting narration style read the book
overall good end to the Emperor series
get a narrator that doesn't send you to sleep
book overall ok, as had read 1-4 but this narrator was worse than the one in books 3-4 and that is saying something as his mangling of names was terrible
for the money think Audible should have narrators with better delivery cadence, given that this media is - audible
"I can't listen as the narrator is terrible!!!!!!"
One of the previous ones, Robert Glennister or Paul Blake.
Conn is an amazing author and I have all of this series on audio books however this time I will have to buy the book. I am very disappointed.
"Good story, abysmal narration"
Id listen to more from the author but never this narrator again
Strange cadence, awful characterisation
Narration ruined it
"Good book although a strange narrator."
The plot was good and for those who have read the other other four books you will not be let down.
The narrator was very different to any other I have listen to and was very hard to get use to but I did after a hour or two.
"Great Story, not so great narration."
In a nutshell - Great story from Conn Iggulden, but you have to grit your teeth with the narrator to get through it at times, not so horrible I could not carry on but some odd accents and odd pronunciation and a bit flatly told at times too, sometimes distracting and verging on irritating. Father = Fourthar, Chasm = Shasm etc.
"Don't buy this audiobook - read the book and enjoy"
A decent narrator which more than one level and pace to his voice.
The story is wonderful - a fitting finish to a great series of books.
Paul Blake or Robert Glenister who narrated the previous audiobooks
None - there is nothing wrong with the story.
How could anyone think that Michael Healy was capable of narrating an audiobook. Simply terrible.
"Vast Colour Delivered in Monotone"
If you have invested yourself in Rome and its characters from the previous books then this is definitely a story worth hearing. This book was an afterthought with a logical conclusion of the series having occurred in the fourth novel. However I fully agree with the author that this story is just as compelling and in some ways even more interesting. The naval battle scenes and the story behind the innovation that shaped them were particularly fascinating. Of course, all of the usual senate and society intrigue that we expect from this series is there plus of course the gritty reality of going to war with the legions. By the end you are left with a sense of wonder at how Rome became so great given the in-fighting.
So the story is worth hearing. The question is whether or not you want to hear it on Audible or read it for yourself. I can only recommend you listen to the audio sample. There is once again a change in narrator, coupled with significant changes to the way names and other words are pronounced, mostly reverting to the style of the earlier books. In addition I am afraid that Michael Healy is probably never going to win many awards for his narration. To me he just didn’t have the voice for these characters or the variation in tone that makes listening for extended periods as enjoyable as it could be. To each their own but I can’t recommend this personally and if I had my time again would opt for the Kindle edition.
I do wonder if Iggulden will ever be tempted to write a sixth book. From his excellent historical note it would actually be very fitting for the series title and who could resist Anthony and Cleopatra? If he does then I hope he reverts to one of the previous narrators.
As a series though this has been massively satisfying and even a little educational. The narration problems will definitely put some off but to overlook this series as a result would be a mistake in my book.
decent story , but narrator is a bad choice and spoilt the enjoyment
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