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EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged) | [Conn Iggulden]

EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged)

Julius Caesar has taken his legions north into mighty battles with the Gallic tribes. But as his successes mount, overwhelming ambition and new alliances begin to threaten his friendship with Marcus Brutus, brother-in-arms and fellow warrior. Although the conquest of Gaul has made Caesar a hero all over again, his victories on the battlefield cause still more rivalries at home. And ultimately Caesar and Brutus will have to choose whether to cross the Rubicon - together or singly - and to take the fight to Rome itself.
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Julius Caesar has taken his legions north into mighty battles with the Gallic tribes. But as his successes mount, overwhelming ambition and new alliances begin to threaten his friendship with Marcus Brutus, brother-in-arms and fellow warrior. Although the conquest of Gaul has made Caesar a hero all over again, his victories on the battlefield cause still more rivalries at home. And ultimately Caesar and Brutus will have to choose whether to cross the Rubicon - together or singly - and to take the fight to Rome itself.

©2005 Conn Iggulden; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Mark S. Traub Westchester, NY USA 08-22-14
    Mark S. Traub Westchester, NY USA 08-22-14 Member Since 2005

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    "Fine centerpiece of the sequel damaged by narratio"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Blake’s performances?

    I have to, to continue the series.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged)?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Iggulden has quickly become one of my favorite authors.

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    Barbara POTTSTOWN, PA, United States 03-18-14
    Barbara POTTSTOWN, PA, United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "I am close to giving up on this series"

    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.

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    William London, United Kingdom 01-11-14
    William London, United Kingdom 01-11-14
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    "Terrible Narration"
    Would you try another book from Conn Iggulden and/or Paul Blake?

    Loved the first two books in the series and more so with Robert Glenister doing the narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged)?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Paul Blake’s performance?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment - I was looking forward to following the series with Robert Glenister


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    M. Raymond Walter Monte-Carlo 12-18-13
    M. Raymond Walter Monte-Carlo 12-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Change in narrator … spoils the flow"
    If you could sum up EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged) in three words, what would they be?

    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 ...


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Blake?

    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.


    If you could rename EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged), what would you call it?

    Penitence ... not sure I can get through this one.


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    Tony 06-28-13
    Tony 06-28-13
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    "ROMAN PLOTTING !"

    I have read the first three books now in this series and have enjoyed all three. If you like Roman history, intrigue, battles, relationships then go ahead and get into the series. If you like historical accuracy then pass on the EMPEROR novels. There is plenty of literary license on the part of Conn Iggulden but what the heck this is 'fiction' not history. I've enjoyed the development of Gaius and Marcus and the twists and turns that their lives have taken and intend of listening to the last novel before moving on. The debate on the performance of Paul Blake is tiresome. Yes he does pronounce the names of many of the characters differently from common usage and that of his predecessor and yes it is 'Gauling' but his overall narration is fine.

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    M. Clear Tacoma, WA 05-06-13
    M. Clear Tacoma, WA 05-06-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Pick a Bloody Narrator"

    There is absolutely nothing more infuriating that switching narrators in the middle of a series. Especially a switch to one as bad as Paul Blake. Overact much?

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    Luanne 02-19-13
    Luanne 02-19-13
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    "3rd in the Julius Cesar series."
    If you could sum up Emperor in three words, what would they be?

    I cannot recommend this series often enough!! Conn iggelston is one of my favorite authors. He makes history come alive. You are there. It is a great read!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    History comes alive.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Blake – was your favorite?

    Julius. And everyone.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had the time, yes. I did listen for hours at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    Read Iggelston's series on the Kahn's also.

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    J R B EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA, United States 10-31-12
    J R B EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Very good.I wish there were more books like this."
    Where does Emperor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 15 of 85


    Which character – as performed by Paul Blake – was your favorite?

    Paul Blake was weak. Not the guy I would have had do this. However, Conn's story saves the day.


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    Brian 09-26-11
    Brian 09-26-11

    Choose your audiobook by the narrator with best being Guidall, Tull, Case/Davidson, Muller, Lee, Franklyn-Robbins, Dotrice, (no Brick)

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    "Narrator change was a mistake"

    Within the first 15 minutes of this audiobook I am struck with how annoying the reader is and again baffled as to why authors would allow different narrators to work on the same book series. It breaks the continuity and the effects are worse when the replacement narrator is so much worse. What seemed like an interesting and even noble story of Julius Caesar has become, with the change of narrators a tale of pompous Roman ridiculousness like reading Flashman at the Charge and taking it seriously. The story will barely survive the narrator change for books 2 & 3.

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    Mary Lakeville, MN, United States 10-20-11
    Mary Lakeville, MN, United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2009

    "When I finish a good book, I feel like I've lost a friend." -- My Mom

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    "Different narrator, but just as good"

    This was a first listen for us with narrator, Paul Blake. We're enjoying him very much. He's different from Robert Glenister (narrator of the first two books in this series) but just as good. It is rather annoying when changes are made in a middle of a series. But if, as in this case, the story is worthwhile, (and Conn Iggulden is always terrific) than getting to know a new narrator is part of the fun.

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  • mr
    4/8/15
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sailesh
    4/4/15
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    "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

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  • Christine
    Coromandel Valley, Australia
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    "Too much blokey fluff"

    I gave up this book after the hour long description of the sword games. Ugh, who cares?

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  • Mertaal
    1/21/15
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    "Annoying change of narrator."
    What made the experience of listening to EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged) the most enjoyable?

    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.


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  • Miss M Bouvet
    11/5/14
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    "Change the narrator !"
    What disappointed you about EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged)?

    The voice


    What will your next listen be?

    Matt bates, the empty throne bernard conwell


    Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Blake’s performances?

    Never


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged)?

    Couldn't read the book, never finished it


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grasshopper
    9/29/14
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    "Learn how to pronounce Gladius and the letter V"
    What didn’t you like about Paul Blake’s performance?

    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.


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

    I laughed out load when the narrator pronounced Gladius in an overly flamboyant way, calling it a GladeArse.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juliejacks
    8/11/14
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    "Terrible narrator! Spoilt the book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What other book might you compare EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged) to, and why?

    I started this series after going through Con Iggulden's Genghis Khan series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance could have been better by sacking the narrator, and forking out for Robert Glennister!


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    CARTERTON, United Kingdom
    2/8/14
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    "A great story spoiled by the narration"
    Would you try another book written by Conn Iggulden or narrated by Paul Blake?

    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.


    What other book might you compare EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged) to, and why?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Blake’s performances?

    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.


    Do you think EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged) needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, books 4 and 5 of the series. But narrater by Robert Glenister again please.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    London, United Kingdom
    7/29/13
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    "Such a comedown from the first two novels"

    I couldn't agree more with Paul's review that the pronunciation is so poor as to detract from the rest of the story. No matter how hard you try not to you keep listening for his mispronunciations to have them grate time and time again.

    The narrator seems very self satisfied and pompous quite unlike Robert Glenister in the first two books.

    Huge error to have changed narrator.

    Number 4 will be read as a book not listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    STONE, United Kingdom
    5/11/13
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    "Fantastic"

    I loved this audio book, it was the first time i ever had an audio book but i will defiantly do it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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