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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"Good story, abysmal narration"
Id listen to more from the author but never this narrator again
Strange cadence, awful characterisation
Narration ruined it
"IF YOU LOVE CONN IGGULDEN, AVOID THIS BOOK!!"
I have never been so disappointed. I don't normally write reviews but I haven't had an audio book that has made me so cross before.
I want to look at this in two sections firstly the Story.
All of the history of the previous books seemed to be forgotten and inconsistent. The traits of Julius, like the war councils that Octavian attended from Spain seems to be forgotten. The posts that he held in Julius's army seems to be forgotten. Only a few of the original friends feature in a story with events that could not passed the others by. It's disappointing that with all the construction of the earlier stories in line with historical facts that there is such a change on this book. Octavian starts in this book as an 18 year old, with no silver armour. Book 3 tells of the 10 year campaign in Gaul which was followed by campaigns in Greece and Egypt, followed by the return to Rome. The tournament which was dedicated to Julius getting consult was prior to that making Octavian in the top 4 swordsman in the roman empire and beyond at an estimated age of 10, attending brothels from about 8 years of age.
Secondly the narrator. appalling. I recognise the tone as I've been known to do the same story when trying to rush through stories with the kids and get them to bed. He sounds bored, his pronunciation is different again from the previous books. It's almost a struggle to listen due to his lack of passion misconstrued tones that do not match what he is saying on more than one occasion he has continued the character voices into text.
After such a good series I wish it had been continued into this book. It feels like it has been done purely for money with no care or attention that I've come to expect from previous titles by this author, the narrator seems picked on the same bases.
You have been warned
"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.
"Liked the book hated the narrator"
Good story as always from Conn Iggluden but the narrator was terrible. He completely manga led the punctuation and at times I just wanted to switch off
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