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  • EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged)

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Paul Blake
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

Julius Caesar has taken his legions north into mighty battles with the Gallic tribes. But as his successes mount, overwhelming ambition and new alliances begin to threaten his friendship with Marcus Brutus, brother-in-arms and fellow warrior. Although the conquest of Gaul has made Caesar a hero all over again, his victories on the battlefield cause still more rivalries at home. And ultimately Caesar and Brutus will have to choose whether to cross the Rubicon - together or singly - and to take the fight to Rome itself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • How To Ruin a Good Story

  • By Danny on 01-09-13

Terrible Narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-14

Would you try another book from Conn Iggulden and/or Paul Blake?

Loved the first two books in the series and more so with Robert Glenister doing the narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged)?

The most memorable moment was the first half-hour into the book when I knew there was know way I could stand listening to Paul Blake doing the narration. It was torturous listening to Paul Blake narrating the book after following the action with Robert Glenister in books 1 & 2.

What didn’t you like about Paul Blake’s performance?

Bland: It reminded me of years ago when 'books for the blind' where read (monotone) and the narrator would use the same voice for all the characters. There are some brilliant narrators out there; disappointingly I have no desire to finish the series listening to this chap.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment - I was looking forward to following the series with Robert Glenister

Any additional comments?

I was reluctant to purchase this book after reading the review given by Danny from Burnie , Australia 1.09.13. I thought he may have been a bit 'harsh' and what suits one person isn't necessarily going to be the same for another. After writing this, I'm going to ask Audible to allow me to exchange this book for another one, possibly narrated by Nick Boulton.