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)2013 AudioGO Ltd
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.
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".
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.
The story was good. terrible narration, felt like pulling teeth
No, read the book instead
"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
"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.
"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.
"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.
"The narrator made me stop and buy the book"
The narration was too difficult to listen to. He sounded so bored the to couldn't concentrate on the story
I think I would enjoy it. That's why I am going to read the book instead.
He sounds so bored and like reading it is tedious
I love this story, it brought forward the reality of the complex lives and hardships of the period. The narration kept my attention throughout I could not turn it off and enjoyed the depth of the tale THANK YOU!
The friendships and bonds built through hardship and pain, telling a tale of honour trust deception murder conflict & politics. Wow this story warrants a movie, the tale would surpass gladiator, Alexander, Troy and the last samurai. A box office buster
Octavia was my favourite. From his childhood days as a street urchin, his road way into adulthood. His friends, hero worship and compassion. He held his honour so close at times his integrity would inspire me
I have laughed with the men of the legion, I have cried with the losses of so many big characters, I have been enthralled with the whole saga and look forward to the next instalment
Life is hard. We face many twists and turns. Some people will be true and some will not. The truth is life is for living and what will be will be, take it in both hands and run. CARPE DIEM.
"Bloody awful narration"
Story fine but awful narration killed it for me. CL work on Rome is riveting but sadly no match for the cure for insomnia which is Micheal Healy.
The great insight and detail into Roman life.
By MH not turning up!
There are many more Ceaser's so why not.
"As everyone says - appalling narrator"
No - book is great but the monotone narrator is like a 6 year old
Michael praid could have read it he is excellent
Yes - though not sure of the stars
This is an excellent series of books - the first 2 we're read well then went downhill to this guy - was really looking forward to this chapter but have not finishedit and had it a couple of months now
"Good Story Spoilt by Narration"
Using previous narrators, preferably Glennister.
Cannot think of any as i found it difficult to concentrate due to poor narration.
As previously stated by reviewers. Get someone else to read it.
I WOULD NOT CUT ANY!
Why buy a book & throw away half the pages. Just buy the book & skip any pages you don't like.
When a book is published the editors usually make a decent job, i have read or listened to many books where i felt things could have been expanded, but never cut/abridge books.
If you don't like it don't read it, let people make their own minds up.
There are so many good books out there that i would like to buy but Audible only sell the abridged versions.
Please get someone else to narate this excellent story to complete the series, But please only in the unabridged version.
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