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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.
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.
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?
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!!
History comes alive.
Julius. And everyone.
If I had the time, yes. I did listen for hours at a time.
Read Iggelston's series on the Kahn's also.
Top 15 of 85
Paul Blake was weak. Not the guy I would have had do this. However, Conn's story saves the day.
Choose your audiobook by the narrator with best being Guidall, Tull, Case/Davidson, Muller, Lee, Franklyn-Robbins, Dotrice, (no Brick)
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.
"When I finish a good book, I feel like I've lost a friend." -- My Mom
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.
"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
"Too much blokey fluff"
I gave up this book after the hour long description of the sword games. Ugh, who cares?
"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!
"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.
"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.
I loved this audio book, it was the first time i ever had an audio book but i will defiantly do it again.
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