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EMPEROR: The Gods of War, Book 4 (Unabridged) | [Conn Iggulden]

EMPEROR: The Gods of War, Book 4 (Unabridged)

The fourth volume in the acclaimed Emperor series, in which Conn Iggulden interweaves history and adventure to recreate the astonishing life of Julius Caesar - an epic tale of ambition and rivalry, bravery and betrayal.
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The fourth volume in the acclaimed Emperor series, in which Conn Iggulden interweaves history and adventure to recreate the astonishing life of Julius Caesar - an epic tale of ambition and rivalry, bravery and betrayal.

©2006 Conn Iggulden; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Konrad Laurel, MD, United States 09-19-13
    Konrad Laurel, MD, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting novel series. Bad bad Audible service!"
    What did you love best about EMPEROR: The Gods of War, Book 4 (Unabridged)?

    The book is involving, just as other books in the Emperor Series. The reader's performance is good. However, I do agree with some reviewers that his pronunciation of names is somewhat unusual, and for me it was even tougher since I had listened to the first two books of the series in a language other than English.


    Any additional comments?

    But... Audible service is a misunderstanding. Why can't you download audiobooks in a NORMAL format such as mp3? It has been a standard for sound files for years. And these are audiobooks you BOUGHT! Plus there are also restrictions on how many times you can burn your audiobook to CD. That's ridiculous! There is no way I am staying with Audible past the trial period. It is cheaper and more convenient to buy the same books on CD off eBay - and then I can do anything I like with discs. Of course there are workarounds to convert .aa format to .mp3, but why waste time and effort to "crack" a product for which you PAID? I hate to spell it out, but such restrictive policies (DRMs, etc.) do nothing to fight piracy, they only encourage it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joel 07-03-15
    Joel 07-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome"

    I have enjoyed this series of books tremendously. The author is one of a kind! I recommend everybody to check it out.

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    Bhagavath 07-10-13
    Bhagavath 07-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "So brilliant, that it saddened"
    Would you listen to EMPEROR: The Gods of War, Book 4 (Unabridged) again? Why?

    No


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marcus, Julius,octavian


    What does Paul Blake bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His accent was much different from the previous narrator and his prounciation gave me a new different perspective to the names like Cabrera Gaditicus


    If you could take any character from EMPEROR: The Gods of War, Book 4 (Unabridged) out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Marcus, I was sad to realize that he will betray Julius and try talk him out of it...Julius could have achieved much more if he was on the side...or may take Julius to talk him to treat and appease Marcus as much he swayed the people.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to get my credits renewed tomorrow to get the next book...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 05-28-12
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 05-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow!"
    What did you love best about Emperor?

    A complete package, but this narrator is excellent! Obviously classically trained, he manages all voices most expertly. The story is good, and it must be remembered this is fiction. Die hard historians should look elsewhere.


    What does Paul Blake bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The best narrator I have listened to so far. I will take notice of any other work he takes on.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, this is fiction. I love "true" Roman history as much as the next person, so I had to remind myself those times the story wandered from actual events.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Boston, MA, United States 10-09-11
    Jim Boston, MA, United States 10-09-11 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm addicted"

    Can't get enough of these books. Kind of a guilty pleasure but rip roaring good stories. Great book and great narrator.

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    Tony DiBiasio WESTLAKE, OH, United States 08-25-11
    Tony DiBiasio WESTLAKE, OH, United States 08-25-11 Member Since 2014
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    "A Disappointment"

    I was not familiar with Conn Iggulden and his Emperor series. But as an aficionado of Ancient Roman History, and a former history teacher, I was disappointed this work of historical fiction. It is a compelling story. Rome's civil war pitting Caesar and Pompey, and the inexorable push by Caesar to gain absolute power, yet Iggulden relayed too heavily on the fiction, and not so much on historical accuracy, in ways that were too obviously out of context. A few examples, the story lines involving Julia, Caesar's daughter were completely fabricated, especially with references to a relationship she had with Brutus. Equally, the character of Brutus is mostly exaggerated, especially his being portrayed as an exceptional general, who helped subdue the Ptolemaic attacks on the legions in Alexandria after Pharsalus. The biggest disappointed in this work, however, is the pronunciations of names by the narrator. His pronunciations of famous figures too some getting used to. Cicero is Kickero, Octavian is Octawian, to name just a few. Finally, he covers the decline of Republic with little mention of Cato, whom the narrator calls Kato. Over all, it is an entertaining listen, just not a very accurate historical representation of these dramatic events.

    4 of 14 people found this review helpful
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  • James
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    11/2/10
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    "Changed the Reader!"

    A brilliant series. My only gripe is that they switched readers for the second half of the series and he pronounces all of the character names differently which jars as he reads: Servillia becomes Serwillia; Octavian becomes Octarwian.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Denise
    Tilford, United Kingdom
    9/19/11
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    "Fascinating Series"

    I loved this series, I learnt so much about Roman History and Julius Caesar, even though the author does admit taking a little poetic licence with the some of the timelines and historic facts to make more of a story, but this didn't detract from it at all for me. Nor did Paul Blake's narrative, which yes, is different from Robert Glenister who was also excellent, but I think he does a brilliant job in interpreting the cast and giving them each their own different characterisation. A thoroughly enjoyable series. I can't wait to start Conn Iggulden's Emporer series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stanley
    Belfast, Antrim, United Kingdom
    9/15/10
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    "Emperor: The Gods of War by Conn Iggulden"

    Despite the occasional historical digression this is a cleverly constructed novel that intertwines the imagined lives and feelings of the historical characters with the recorded events and artifacts of the era. A brutal and idealistic society is graphically described alongside the hedonism that underpins enduring legend of the most famous Caesar.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Emtjonny
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    3/20/15
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    "A sad conclusion to the excellent series"

    But then it has to be. It's history. Didn't like the reader of last two books. He pronounces his letter a very strangely. Most of putting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • @stupotpot
    3/12/15
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    "Dodgy pronounciation!"

    Narrator consistently mispronounces characters. Although this may be historically more accurate, it is distracting considering previous narrators have set precedents. Very off putting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    1/31/15
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    "missing previous sub stories"

    this book had much more war and battle scenes. I missed the background stories of the previous books which gave a fabulous glimpse into daily Roman life and culture. I am actually used to Paul Blake's narrative now.!!! I can't tell if he has an actual speech impediment or has changed the sounds of names to (octawian?) (serwilia?) for artistic purposes

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  • Ian
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    1/19/15
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    "Excellent"

    Great story, great narrator. Would highly recommend.
    Would not recommend this review app though. It's incredibly irritating in every way

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