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Spartacus: The Gladiator: Spartacus 1 | [Ben Kane]

Spartacus: The Gladiator: Spartacus 1

WARRIOR. As winter approaches in 74 BC, few travellers are abroad. But one man is making the long and weary last stage of his way home. Large parts of his homeland, Thrace, a land north of Greece, has fallen under the hated power of Rome. This Thracian has fought in the Roman legions for nearly a decade. Skilled, hardened in battle, a sophisticated fighter. Spartacus. SLAVE. But home is no longer the safe haven of his imagination. A new king sits on the throne.
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WARRIOR. As winter approaches in 74 BC, few travellers are abroad. But one man is making the long and weary last stage of his way home. Large parts of his homeland, Thrace, a land north of Greece, has fallen under the hated power of Rome. This Thracian has fought in the Roman legions for nearly a decade. Skilled, hardened in battle, a sophisticated fighter. Spartacus.

SLAVE. But home is no longer the safe haven of his imagination. A new king sits on the throne. Treacherous and cunning, he has seized the crown by murder and he will hold on to it by violence. When a Roman slave trader comes to the village in search of men who will fight as gladiators, Spartacus is betrayed and sold. His odyssey has begun.

HERO. The legend that is Spartacus has come down to us through the centuries - the story of a man who took on the might of Rome and nearly brought her down. Now Ben Kane, the brilliant author of The Forgotten Legion and Hannibal: Enemy of Rome, brings to glorious life the first part of the Spartacus story.

©2012 Ben Kane (P)2012 Random House AudioGo

What the Critics Say

“There is much to enjoy in this saga of the downtrodden triumphing temporarily over their oppressors, and the portrait of Spartacus as charismatic leader is a vivid one.” (The Sunday Times)

“Ben Kane is a master of blending action, storytelling, living characters and historical and military detail … highly recommended.” (Editor’s Choice Historical Novels Review)

“Historically little is known about the real Spartacus but in the hands of Ben Kane his legend has been crafted into two fantastic novels and this is the first.” (4 stars, Daily Express)

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    Timur Versoix, Switzerland 02-04-14
    Timur Versoix, Switzerland 02-04-14
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    "Absolutely wonderful!"
    If you could sum up Spartacus: The Gladiator in three words, what would they be?

    Unforgettable, legendary story!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I read several books about Spartacus: 1969 Spartacus by Rafaello Giovagnoli, historical facts and Spartacus: The Gladiator, Spartacus: The Rebellion. The best part of this story is that it does not destroy the already formed vision of the hero nor the history or battles. The author managed to present Spartacus in much more powerful character yet, preserved his gentle and human side. Throughout the book the author made me feel like I was Spartacus (not that I would not like to be). I lived his each and every moment, fought all battles and shouted along (For Thrace!!!!!!!) while driving my car. The story is truly amazing!


    Have you listened to any of Michael Praed’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened the next book about Spartacus and equally loved it.


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

    Interestingly, NO! Why?! Because I enjoyed taking pauses and replaying the completed part of the story in my mind. I wondered what could have happen if his decisions and those of his brothers in arms were different. Things like that.


    Any additional comments?

    Before reading this book, please, make a little research about Rome, its army and the history of the gladiators. Take a map of Italy and make a note of several cities. Look at the history of Hanibal Barca and his crossing of the Alps. It will help you to understand the book much better.

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  • bhavnas
    London, United Kingdom
    2/29/12
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    "Great book"

    Loved this book. Its a bit too long for my taste though. 17 hrs is long. None the less, it was fun.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John Matcham
    6/8/14
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    "Well written and well narrated,"

    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 movie I think Mr Kane should be considered to write the screen play!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trevor
    SALTBURN BY THE SEA, United Kingdom
    8/12/13
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    "Another great book from a great author."

    I have loved this book, it is well written taking the listener to the action, can't wait for book two the "Rebellion"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • colin
    Airdrie, United Kingdom
    8/3/13
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    "Ben Kane at his best"

    Once again Ben Kane shows why he is so highly praised as one of the best historical fiction authors around. Its quite clear that he leaves no stone unturned in his research of his subject and with Spartacus he once again excells at filling in the gaps that history has forgotten!
    We all know the tragic rise and fall of the Thracian slave who so very nearly toppled Rome but Ben Kane brings the legend to life and breathes new life into the fabled gladiator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharky
    PETERLEE, United Kingdom
    6/28/13
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    "super"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    story line is just great ever book ben kane has is just super and the reader michael praed just make it even better the way he reads it


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Spartacus the one and only ;)


    Have you listened to any of Michael Praed’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    mint


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

    o yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lesleyjolley
    W Sussex, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Spartacus - First Class Gladiator"

    Ben Kane has fired the imagination with this brilliant and gripping novel. Was hard to put the book down, All characters had their own personality and even the villans became likeable rogues !! The story was a credible account of the life of Spartacus, the Legend. A must for all history fans ..

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  • Christine
    Pender Island, BC, Canada
    6/10/12
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    "Surprised I am a fan!"

    While I like historical novels, I thought there would be more violence in this novel than I normally would listen to. I found the story so interesting though, and the narration so excellent, that I will work my way through more of Ben Kane's books.

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