The mighty slave army, led by Spartacus, has carried all before it, scattering the legions of Rome. Three praetors, two consuls and one proconsul have been defeated. Spartacus seems invincible as he marches towards the Alps and freedom. But storm clouds are massing on the horizon. Crixus the Gaul defects, taking all his men with him. Crassus, the richest man in Rome, begins to raise a formidable army, tasked specifically with the defeat of Spartacus. And within the slave army itself, there are murmurings of dissent and rebellion. Spartacus, on the brink of glory, must make a crucial decision - to go forward over the Alps to freedom, or back to face the might of Rome and try to break its stranglehold on power forever.
©2012 Ben Kane (P)2012 Random House AudioGo
"Fantastic conclusion to the Spartacus story"
I have listened to all of Ben Kane's audio books and found them all really well written and immensely interesting.
The conclusion to the Spartacus saga is brilliant. You feel that you get to know Spartacus more intimately. The author leads you through a range of emotions from laughing out loud to quiet contemplation. The story continues from the first Spartacus novel and engrosses you from the moment that you press play. The characters are breathed into life brilliantly by Michael Praedd and you really feel part of the story.
Overall a fantastic read, highly recommended.
"Great book spoilt by varying quality of narrative"
Probably not - the story is complete and once the end has been reached I don't think that re-reading it would extract any "missed" interest
The charactors yes but regrettably long stretches of very quiet whispering spoilt it for me.I did experience the same difficulty with the first book but despite that purchased this one to follow.
"Well narrated, great historical characters"
Initially I thought Michael Praed was a little monotone however, he soon got in to his narration and by just the change of inflection in his voice made the characters come to life. The story is well known and Ben Kane appears to have researched his subject well, thus giving Spartacus and his follower’s strong characterization. The mixing of fact and fiction is a good recipe for producing an exciting story, If Hollywood are considering remaking the 1962 movie I think Mr Kane should be considered to write the screen play!
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