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Conn Iggulden, in all his books has a remarkable skill in bringing whatever period he is writing, to life. I love all historical fiction he has written.
He would have been rated 3, maybe 4, if he had started this series from the beginning. If he started AND ended a series i would not avoid it. Not by any means.
Paul Blake is going to be unfairly graded as all narrators that come halfway through a series are unfairly graded. I can't be the only person that this drives crazy. The accents are different, the voices of the characters are different, and in this case the pronunciations of characters names are different.
Passionate teacher and lifetime learner. I loved books from before Kindergarten. Read the elem library... yep, all of them.
Yes, because I've done 3, I want to do the 4th, even though same reader.
I'm intrigued by the characters and story.
Narrator obviously did not listen to the prior 2 books pronouncing names and places differently was very confusing. I got used to it by the end but I really missed the original reader. Did he die? Why would you choose someone different??
It has one... and I've ordered already.
You could not ask for better historical fiction. I can't wait to finish this series and start the Gengis Khan one.
They changed the narrator for book three and that's the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 for performance.
Had the narrator of the first two books read it. I wouldn't have spent hours wondering who 2 of the main characters were. Carto and Serwilia? Just pronounce them as written, please.
The character of Caesar is so visceral, he is truly sympathetic. Iggulden was able to do this with Ghengis as well, to his great credit.
I have to, to continue the series.
Some of the politics while Caesar is offstage can be tedious, but it is necessary knowledge to understand just what is going on in Rome.
Iggulden has quickly become one of my favorite authors.
Again, the same performer with several mispronunciations and irritating tone. I am not usually critical of performers but this person just did not do his homework. If he was reading the next volume, I would be stopping here. The story is generally good though I felt it was disconnected at times, and again the historical inaccuracies were bothersome.
Loved the first two books in the series and more so with Robert Glenister doing the narration.
The most memorable moment was the first half-hour into the book when I knew there was know way I could stand listening to Paul Blake doing the narration. It was torturous listening to Paul Blake narrating the book after following the action with Robert Glenister in books 1 & 2.
Bland: It reminded me of years ago when 'books for the blind' where read (monotone) and the narrator would use the same voice for all the characters. There are some brilliant narrators out there; disappointingly I have no desire to finish the series listening to this chap.
Disappointment - I was looking forward to following the series with Robert Glenister
I was reluctant to purchase this book after reading the review given by Danny from Burnie , Australia 1.09.13. I thought he may have been a bit 'harsh' and what suits one person isn't necessarily going to be the same for another. After writing this, I'm going to ask Audible to allow me to exchange this book for another one, possibly narrated by Nick Boulton.
Joining the queue of disappointing readers, I too think that Paul Blake's narration SPOILS THE ENCHANTMENT of the Emperor series ... Where I couldn't put the Robert Glenister narrations down, enthralled with the story and his virtuoso narration, now I can barely pick Paul Blake's narration up ... feels too much like punishment to be either enticing or enjoyable ...
Robert Glenister was fantastic as the narrator of the Emperor books 1 & 2 ... Now it is very hard to get used to the bombast and pedantry of Paul Blake ... For example, Octavian for Blake becomes Octa-WEE-an ... maybe Blake enjoys showing off his Latin expertise, but the book was written in English. Very hard to adjust to a narration virtually devoid of the subtleties (range of voices and expressions) that were the strength of Robert Glenister in his stunning narration of books 1 & 2 where characters are easily recognized by voice tones alone.
Penitence ... not sure I can get through this one.
"Love the story but wish the reader wouldn't change"
Epic tale set in ancient Rome. Hard to adapt to a new voice actor though
"Excellent story. Prefer Robert Glennister narrator"
This followed on excellently from previous book but I found it off putting changing the narrator.
"Brilliant story ruined by narrator"
The emperor series is fantastic I only wish I had the time to read them as the narrator is this book is so bad it's hard to enjoy the book, he constantly mispronounces main characters throughout. It is so bad I was left wondering can this guy even read or is he just taking the piss
"Oh the name mangling in the reading."
A good attempt at bring Caesar to life, with liberties within the point of reason.
The reading of key names in the story was awful
"Annoying change of narrator."
There really is nothing wrong with Paul Blake, but why OH WHY can a new narrator in an ongoing series not listen to at least a small extract of the previous books, and attempt to emulate the pronunciation of names?
Who is Octawiun? (previously the more common Ocvavian)
Who is Serwillia? (previously the more common Sevillia)
Who is Carbora? (previously pronounced Caberra)
I have no idea if Iggulden uses something other than the standard Anglicisations of these common Roman names (the first two at least), but either way, consistency is important in a series of audiobooks.
"Change the narrator !"
Matt bates, the empty throne bernard conwell
Couldn't read the book, never finished it
Ditch the voice . Conn Igulden is worth more than that. Excellent book 1 and 2. Not sure I can read book 4 either. And doesn't make sense to skip to book 5. Shame.
"Learn how to pronounce Gladius and the letter V"
Someone really should have taken Paul to one side before he started his performance and explained how to pronounce some of the words and names.
Brutus's mother Servillia plays a large part in this book and it became annoying very quickly when Paul kept calling her "Serwillya", indeed, the way he pronounces Octavia's name made me cringe.
I laughed out load when the narrator pronounced Gladius in an overly flamboyant way, calling it a GladeArse.
"Terrible narrator! Spoilt the book"
I have not even finished this book and feel compelled to write this review - the narrator is doing my head in! Although I can understand that his pronunciation may be technically correct, it goes against that of the previous books and common usage.
'Serwillia' is driving me mad, like most of the other reviewers I cannot understand the inconsistency with the previous books, it is making it hard to enjoy as every time he does it, the words jar and distract from the story.
I have to continue because I am enjoying the story but it is DESPITE the narrator. I am disappointed to find out he has done the next book in the series too.
I started this series after going through Con Iggulden's Genghis Khan series.
The performance could have been better by sacking the narrator, and forking out for Robert Glennister!
The narrator, and publisher need to read the reviews of this product to see how they have messed up a series - the author should have had a preview and said no!
"How to spoil a series!"
I have enjoyed the previous two books in this series and looked forward to the third. How disappointed I was when I heard the strange new voice hashing well known names to such a point that I thought there had been a mass of new characters introduced. I understand that narrators change but surely who ever produced this audio book must have auditioned Mr Blake and realised he was pronouncing the names differently and that this would cause confusion and disrupt the flow from the previous books. Saying this I will stick with it as I want to see how Conn Iggulden combines the facts with fiction in the future books of the series.
"A great story spoiled by the narration"
I'd love to try all of the books by Iggulden. He writes extremely well and if you are a fan on CS Forester, Bernard Cornwell etc you'll love his style.
Paul Blake, the narrator, absolutely not! He has changed the pronunciation of every name in the book, almost ruining it for me. If it wasn't such a good story (and £19 of my money) I wouldn't have bothered listening.
Any of the other series by Conn Iggulden, such as the Genghis series. Or books by Bernard Cornwell, such as the Viking Series of the Sharpe books.
NO! If you take over narration half way through a series then at least have the sense to pronounce the characters names in the same way. Thoroughly un-impressed.
Yes, books 4 and 5 of the series. But narrater by Robert Glenister again please.
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