We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
Under the Eagle | [Simon Scarrow]

Under the Eagle

The first novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling Roman series. It is 42 AD, and Quintus Licinius Cato has just arrived in Germany as a new recruit to the Second Legion, the toughest in the Roman army. If adjusting to the rigours of military life isn't difficult enough for the bookish young man, he also has to contend with the disgust of his colleagues when, because of his imperial connections, he is appointed a rank above them.
Regular Price:$19.19
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

The first novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling Roman series.

It is 42 AD, and Quintus Licinius Cato has just arrived in Germany as a new recruit to the Second Legion, the toughest in the Roman army. If adjusting to the rigours of military life isn't difficult enough for the bookish young man, he also has to contend with the disgust of his colleagues when, because of his imperial connections, he is appointed a rank above them.

As second-in-command to Macro, the fearless, battle-scarred centurion who leads them, Cato will have more to prove than most in the adventures that lie ahead. Then the men discover that the army's next campaign will take them to a land of unparalleled barbarity - Britain.

After the long march west, Cato and Macro undertake a special mission that will thrust them headlong into a conspiracy that threatens to topple the Emperor himself...

©2001 Simon Scarrow (P)2013 Headline Digital

What the Critics Say

"I don't need this sort of competition." (Bernard Cornwell)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (72 )
5 star
 (37)
4 star
 (20)
3 star
 (13)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
4.2 (66 )
5 star
 (30)
4 star
 (21)
3 star
 (13)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.2 (65 )
5 star
 (34)
4 star
 (16)
3 star
 (13)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 12-08-13
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 12-08-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    40
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    90
    90
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Enjoyable historical fiction."

    I always enjoy having historical charters recast into plausible yet obviously fictitious stories. Add on to that a couple of likable main characters as the centre piece for this book, and you have the start of an enjoyable franchise.

    There was nothing earth-shattering in this story, but it does give good solid entertainment value for your money. The performance seemed well suited for the story and characters, and certainly added to the overall enjoyment of the experience.

    To sum up, if you like historical fiction, and in particular the Roman period, then give this story a try. You shouldn't be disappointed!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Marie ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 10-25-13
    Marie ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 10-25-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    299
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    186
    113
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    33
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Enjoyable Roman Military Mystery"

    Simon Scarrow is a new author for me. I enjoyed the first volume of his Macro and Cato series even though I felt something was missing but I can't actually put a finger on what. Maybe it was the lack of a conclusion, the ending being a setup for the next book, which is not available on Audible. It doesn't make sense to go on to Book 3 when there would be huge gaps in the major storyline.

    That said, Macro the Centurion and Cato the Optimo are an appealing duo. I learned a great deal about the structure of the Roman military and Roman politics. The battle scenes are well orchestrated and are violent without being ghoulish. There are a few too many F-bombs considering the word didn't exist at the time but they don't feel inappropriate for the military setting.

    David Thorpe is the wonder narrator. He captures each character perfectly.

    I won't continue with this series until Book 2 is available.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ben Corvallis, Montana, United States 10-30-13
    Ben Corvallis, Montana, United States 10-30-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "GOOD READ"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes i Would recommend this book to a friend it was a good read and well worth it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Under the Eagle?

    The most memorable moment from the book was the battle at the German village at the beginning of the book. It sets the stage for the type of people the characters are.


    Which character – as performed by David Thorpe – was your favorite?

    Both Cato and Macro were were my favorite characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book that was well worth listening to. The only problem I had with it was that there are scenes and twists in the story that don't have anything else to do with anything. Like the part where Cato gets caught in the tent with the thief, why did he need to be there when he couldn't identify the thief in the dark? It was pointless and 15 minutes worth of listening that didn't add any significance to the book. I did like the story line though and would like to see the second book "Conquest" get put on Audible in English rather than Latin (I think its in Latin at least).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Karen United States 01-10-14
    Karen United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2011

    BigZ's Mom

    HELPFUL VOTES
    65
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    200
    42
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Roman Army? Where?"
    What disappointed you about Under the Eagle?

    It was very generic. There are long stretches where you'd be hard pressed to remember its about the Roman Army.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry. He never disappoints.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Thorpe?

    I have a well documented audio crush on Ray Porter, so I'd go with him.


    What character would you cut from Under the Eagle?

    None of them. It was an adequate story. Poorly narrated--- his Roman soldiers were overdone caracitures of English thugs. So bad they became almost comical.


    Any additional comments?

    I was looking for something more authentic and more about the army, and the esprit de corps. This was a tedious "mystery" with such poorly fleshed out characters there wasn't anyone to like.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Wolfpacker Memphis, TN 06-14-14
    Wolfpacker Memphis, TN 06-14-14 Member Since 2005

    Curtis

    HELPFUL VOTES
    498
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    299
    106
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    72
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Story Develops Nicely"

    Though it took a few chapters to draw me in, I ended up enjoying this story. The setting in a Roman legion is interesting, but this would work equally well in almost any army of any period. The reader did a great job with varying his voices so that you can recognize each character immediately. Very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    wayne Rathwell 06-08-14 Member Since 2008
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Outstanding series"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Story line is great. It has made me wanting more. I would have love to see this as a movie or series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    kevin dry 06-05-14
    kevin dry 06-05-14 Member Since 2013

    Almost 50; some reluctant military experience ;travelled (surfed) through Africa ; Australia;Indonesia and the USA. Enjoy a good adventure.

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    17
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another good book b Scarrow"

    This was a simple book easy to listen to allowing me to experience life in a Roman army

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-7 of 7 results
Sort by:
  • S Hadaway
    London
    11/16/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Let down a bit by the narrator"
    If you could sum up Under the Eagle in three words, what would they be?

    Rattling good story


    What three words best describe David Thorpe’s performance?

    Casual, chatty, undramatic


    Any additional comments?

    This the first in the 'Eagles' series, and as you'd expect the story and language isn't as polished as after Mr Scarrow gets a few under his belt and finds his stride. However, it is an entertaining story that rattles along nicely. Not quite 'Sharpe in sandals', but nearly.Unfortunately, the narrator has a chatty, casual style that doesn't vary in even the most dramatic moments, which takes the edge off somewhat. It is very easy on the ear, but just doesn't suit the words he is saying. However, I did get used to this after a few hours and move past it, except his pronounciation of 'Cato' as 'Car-to', and even, I'm certain, 'Carter' a few times. This goes against how I (and others I know) have always pronounced it, and how it is pronounced in the later books by other narrators, and never ceased to grate a bit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • P
    bristol, United Kingdom
    10/11/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Finally"
    Would you listen to Under the Eagle again? Why?

    I was really excited to see that Scarrow's early Macro & Cato books were finally being released as an audio version. The more recent books have had a couple of different but excellent narrators who capture the voices of the leads excellently. It's always difficult when a series has a new reader but David Thorpe handles the gruff voice of Macro and the younger Cato well. My only gripe, which is small but for me really off putting is his pronunciation of Cato. I have always read it, as previous narrators have as Kay to. Thorpe calls him Car to. For someone new to the series this is irrelevant. But after over a dozen books I just can't think of him this way. I wonder how Scarrow pronounces his name?

    This aside it's a great first story with humour and fast paced gritty action that follows our two heroes across Britain in search of Caesar's lost treasure. Great fun and worth a listen.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A
    7/10/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Television doesn't know what it is missing!"
    Would you listen to Under the Eagle again? Why?

    Definately, iI thourgly enjoy the bokoks and can't wait to listen to the david thorpes rendtion once again.


    What other book might you compare Under the Eagle to, and why?

    The Sharpe books. same sort of milatary adventure with a great pair of characters.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The battle at the german village.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Where The Eagles Dare.


    Any additional comments?

    Definatly give the book a try. in a post game of thrones world, the political intriuge and characters shine through. something for everyone :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    4/13/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Roman squaddies on tour."
    Where does Under the Eagle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to a lot of audiobooks set in the Roman era including Lindsey Davies (Marcus Dideus Falco) and the SPQR series. If you enjoyed those, you'll probably like these. The author does a good job of inserting his characters and their story into known historical settings.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main characters are likeable and I quickly became interested in their situation. The 'banter' between the soldiers is amusing, particularly Macro and his bad language. The drill sergeant character Bestio is funny as well.


    What does David Thorpe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    David Thorpe is a good narrator. He has a range of accents to bring the characters to life, and on the whole he does this very well - often with comic effect. His narration doesn't irritate or intrude, he is easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a very good audiobook if you enjoy the Roman setting and don't mind the odd expletive. The story was well paced and the characters were likeable. I enjoyed it so much, I ordered the next two in the series and immediately listened to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M
    South Shields, United Kingdom
    12/10/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Roman, Ripping Yarn"
    Where does Under the Eagle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The book tells of the adventures of freed slave Cato. Just freed from slavery he has arrived in Germany as a new recruit to the Second Legion, in the Roman army. With a letter of commendation from the Emperor who recommends he is made a centurion. This does not happen but, he is appointed a rank above more experienced soldiers. As second-in-command to Macro, an centurion who leads them, Cato will have more to prove than most in the adventures that lie ahead. After fighting the Hun . There is a little romance and some political intrigue.Cato and Macro undertake a special mission that will thrust them headlong into a conspiracy and fights with the ancient britons.


    What other book might you compare Under the Eagle to, and why?

    Any adventure story


    What three words best describe David Thorpe’s voice?

    patronising, british, southern


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-5 of 5 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.