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Caesar's Legion Audiobook

Caesar's Legion: The Epic Saga of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion and the Armies of Rome

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Publisher's Summary

Stephen Dando-Collins paints a vivid and definitive portrait of daily life in the Tenth Legion as he follows Caesar and his men along the blood-soaked fringes of the Empire. This unprecedented regimental history reveals countless previously unknown details about Roman military practices, Caesar's conduct as a commander and his relationships with officers and legionnaires, and the daily routine and discipline of the Legion.

From penetrating insights into the mind of history's greatest general to a grunt's-eye view of the gruesome realities of war in the Classical Age, this unique and riveting true account sets a new standard of excellence and detail to which all authors of ancient military history will now aspire.

©2002 Stephen Dando-Collins; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Written in a readable, popular style, this book is a must for military buffs and anyone interested in Roman history at a critical point in European civilization." (T.R. Fehrenbach, author of Lone Star)

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    Theophilis Mann 03-02-13

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    "Legionnaire's delight"
    Where does Caesar's Legion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this is in the top quintile. i loved the specifics on how a legion was created, the development of legion techniques. julius caesar as a character was fascinating and the history i learned was rewarding.
    got it after listening to the history of rome podcast, which i cannot recommend highly enough


    What did you like best about this story?

    a great true story, made the lives of the normal soldier accessible


    What about Stuart Langton’s performance did you like?

    very easy to understand and follow, right pace for an audiobook and no jarring mispronunciations (to my ear)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    just sad at the carnage


    Any additional comments?

    just recommend the history of rome podcast, listen to more roman history books!
    loved the book on hannibal and cannae

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    Karin W. Dublin, CA USA 02-11-13
    Karin W. Dublin, CA USA 02-11-13 Member Since 2008

    Fantasy and Romance Author

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    "Fascinating and frequently gripping history"
    Any additional comments?

    Far from being a dry account of dates and battles, CAESAR'S LEGION brings this ancient Roman military force to vivid life by chronicling the lives and adventures individual commanders, centurions, and ordinary soldiers.

    Filled with fascinating details about how soldiers were recruited and trained, and how they lived while on the march, the book focuses on three major periods in the legion's history: the conquest of Gaul and Britain under the leadership of Julius Caesar; the legion's role in the civil wars that ended the Roman Republic and ushered in the reign of the emperors; and the Jewish rebellion and siege of Jerusalem under Emperor Vespasian and his son Titus.

    All three of these campaigns, as narrated by Dando-Collins, are rife with intrigue, political maneuvering, betrayal, battles, and heroism. It made for a very interesting listening experience, and I'm looking forward to listening to another book in this series.

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    David columbia, MD, United States 01-31-13
    David columbia, MD, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Well written but a different take on Caesar"
    What made the experience of listening to Caesar's Legion the most enjoyable?

    Well written, well researched. However, Dando-Collins comes to quite a few conclusions after reading the ancient sources that most ancient scholars would dismiss as bad history. A good novel, but not a good history.


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    P. Moxey Atlanta, GA 01-01-13
    P. Moxey Atlanta, GA 01-01-13

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    "Very entertaining and informative!!"
    Would you listen to Caesar's Legion again? Why?

    Yes, of course. I liked it very much. And it was beautifully narrated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was very well researched and documented. Narration was excellent. I learnt a lot about the importance of the legions in the Roman Empire.


    Which character – as performed by Stuart Langton – was your favorite?

    Julius Caesar, of course. Thrilling voice and characteristic.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No reaction, I just loved it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan OOLTEWAH, TN, United States 06-01-12
    Nathan OOLTEWAH, TN, United States 06-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "What a world that was"
    What did you love best about Caesar's Legion?

    The detail and attempted accuracy of what was said and the simplification of the book into "plebeian" terms.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gaius Crastinus, a Centurion in the 10th; really, he was just the man.


    What about Stuart Langton’s performance did you like?

    He narrated the book without irritating me with his voice.


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

    IDK.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry Harlingen, TX, United States 03-28-12
    Jerry Harlingen, TX, United States 03-28-12
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    "Very solid book."

    I learned a lot from this book. The author did his research. You feel like you are living with the 10th legion!

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    Lloyd Garland, TX, United States 12-22-11
    Lloyd Garland, TX, United States 12-22-11
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    "If you love Roman History, Get it!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Caesar's Legion to be better than the print version?

    No, you get to savor the writing and info slowing and deliberately than when it's read to you.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Julius Caesar, of course.


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

    This is my first reading by S. Langston. He did a great job although he butchered the Latin words.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I loved every bit of it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is first ever book of a Roman legion. Tons of great fun and enjoyment.

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    peter Pound Ridge, NY United States 03-21-06
    peter Pound Ridge, NY United States 03-21-06

    A transplanted Englishman, I spend my time on biography, history and military books. I appreciate good English and good narration.

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    "Caesar ad Infintum"

    My first attempt to read Roman History was disappointing. Any reader who can remember the constantly changing cast of charcaters and associate them with the battles they fought has my admiration. The book recounts battle after battle where legions other than just the 10th legion employed exactly similar tactics with very similar results. The best moments are near the end with the attack on Masada. Repetitive droning, chronological recording of campaign stories. The reader is left amazed at the records the Romans left behind them and the translation work to sift all the detail. I should have read the abridged edition.

    Thew reader's voice helped little.

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    Marshall I. Cohen 10-14-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Eh."

    It reads like it was written by Livy. Dry as the Sarah. Not recommended

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    Patrick Davis, CA, United States 01-21-11
    Patrick Davis, CA, United States 01-21-11 Member Since 2006
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    "A little disorganized"

    At times, it seems like a book about the life of Ceasar, at times it seems like a book about the Jewish wars. Sometimes it refocuses on the tenth legion, but seems to forget it for substantial periods. The author was very inconsistent and can't seem to make up his mind about what sort of book to write. Sometimes he seems to take stories from ancient historians without question, sometimes he exhibits a degree of skepticism. Maybe he needs a better editor....overall it was interesting but I can't give it high marks.

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