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  • The Eagle's Prey

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 5
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 98

It is late summer AD 44, and the battle-weary Roman legions are in their second year of campaigning against the British tribes. The troops' commander, General Plautius, is under pressure from the emperor to crush the natives once and for all. Centurions Macro and Cato are with the crack Second Legion under the precarious leadership of Centurion Maximus, and it's their task to hold a ford across the river Tamesis when the natives are forced into a trap.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Book.

  • By Timothy on 09-09-17

Glad I finally got to hear it

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

Reviewed: 04-22-17

I travel constantly so audiobooks are about the only way I get to read - and I don't know why Cato & Macro 4 & 5 were never available in the States, but I'm glad they finally are. I can give a review in one sentence: I liked the book so much I finished it in less than a day.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Betrayal

  • The Centurions I
  • By: Anthony Riches
  • Narrated by: Mark Noble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Rome, AD 68. Nero has committed suicide. One hundred years of imperial rule by the descendants of Julius Caesar has ended, and chaos rules. His successor, Galba, dismisses the incorruptible Germans of the Imperial Bodyguard for the crime of loyalty to the dead emperor. Ordering them back to their homeland, he releases a Batavi officer from a Roman prison to be their prefect. But Julius Civilis is not the loyal servant of empire that he seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's very good, definitely worth reading

  • By Stephen on 03-30-17

It's very good, definitely worth reading

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-17

My only problem was it, at first, is a bit convoluted and hard to follow. There are so many major players at first, it's a little trouble keeping up (especially with similar Roman names). Eventually you catch on, the the novel hit its climactic battle and ended. I wanted more!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Death of Robin Hood

  • By: Angus Donald
  • Narrated by: Mike Rogers
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 132

'I charge you, Sir Alan Dale, with administering my death. At the end of the game, I would rather die by your hand than any other.' England rebels. War rages across the land. In the wake of Magna Carta, King John's treachery is revealed, and the barons rise against him once more. Fighting with them is the Earl of Locksley - the former outlaw Robin Hood - and his right-hand man, Sir Alan Dale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By AMY on 08-09-18

Great ending

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

This has been a remarkable series intertwining historical fiction with the legend of Robin Hood, and the conclusion stood up to the challenge. Perhaps the best in the series (probably a second to that where Robin and Alan find themselves in the middle of the siege of Chateau Gaillard, which is one of my favourite novels period) the author and narrator each do fantastic work and I cannot wait to see where he goes next!

  • Young Bloods

  • Wellington and Napoleon, Book 1
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 19 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

Arthur Wesley (the future Duke of Wellington) was born and bred to be a leader. With a firm belief that the nation must be led by a king, the red-coated British officer heads for battle against the French Republic, to restore the fallen monarchy. Napoleon Bonaparte joins the French military on the eve of the Revolution. He believes leadership is won by merit, not by noble birth. When anarchy explodes in Paris, he's thrust into the revolutionary army poised to march against Britain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Jean on 02-26-16

interesting and informative

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-16

i listened to this a while back; just wanted to briefly say that this was a fascinating take on a relatively novel subject, at least in terms of historical fiction. I highly recommend it.

  • Gates of Fire

  • An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
  • By: Steven Pressfield
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,042

Gates of Fire puts you at the side of valiant Spartan warriors in 480 BC for the bloody, climactic battle at Thermopylae. There, a few hundred of Sparta’s finest sacrificed their lives to hold back the invading Persian millions. The time they bought enabled the Greeks to rally - saving, according to ancient historian Herodotus, “Western democracy and freedom from perishing in the cradle.” How did the Spartans accomplish this superhuman feat? This is what the King of Persia hopes to learn from the sole Spartan survivor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Story is good The Narrator is Great

  • By Richard on 02-27-12

Incredible telling of the Battle of Thermopylae

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-15

It starts slow, but it's worth sticking with. The last 4 hours of the audio version are some of the best I've listened to.

  • The Smoke at Dawn

  • A Novel of the Civil War
  • By: Jeff Shaara
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

Summer, 1863: The Federal triumph at Vicksburg has secured complete control of the Mississippi River from the Confederacy, cementing the reputation of Ulysses S. Grant. Farther east, the Federal army under the command of William Rosecrans captures the crucial rail hub at Chattanooga. But Rosecrans is careless, and while pursuing the Confederates, the Federal forces are routed in north Georgia at Chickamauga Creek. Retreating in a panic back to Chattanooga, Rosecrans is pursued by the Confederate forces under General Braxton Bragg.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best one yet

  • By Alexander on 03-15-17

Fantastic Novel from a Fantastic Writer

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

Reviewed: 03-18-15

Telling the story of the Chattanooga campaign from a number of unique perspectives, Shaara captures what it was like as a common infantry soldier and a ranking Lt. General in one great novel, that gives fictional but historical and realistic first hand encounters of everything that surrounded Chattanooga going from union to confederate to union hands in a matter of months in 1863.

  • The Greatest Knight

  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Christopher Scott
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

From humble beginnings and a narrow escape from death in childhood, William Marshall steadily rises through the ranks to become tutor in arms to the son of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Based on fact, this is the story of William Marshal, the greatest knight of the Middle Ages.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could have been Greater.

  • By Rachel on 12-27-10

William the Marshall gets his 15 minutes (again)

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-15

Where does The Greatest Knight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among historical fiction it's top 20%. I would have enjoyed a little more focus on some of the great battles The Marshall was involved in and less on his love life, but I was aware that the author would shy away from battles in lieu of the love story wherever possible. Ms. Chadwick spins a heroic real life figure into the limelight he deserves (with or without the battle scenes) and she is due immense credit for a great story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It really has to be William Marshall doesn't it?

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

n/a

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

No. It did have a couple of dry spots. But not so much as to take away from the overall quality of the novel.

Any additional comments?

If you are a fan of English historical fiction, read it. Even if you're like me and the other reviews scare you off due to the focus on personal relationships as opposed to military history, read it. It's worth it.

  • Pride of Carthage

  • By: David Anthony Durham
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 27 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

This epic retelling of the legendary Carthaginian military leader's assault on the Roman empire begins in Ancient Spain, where Hannibal Barca sets out with tens of thousands of soldiers and 30 elephants. After conquering the Roman city of Saguntum, Hannibal wages his campaign through the outposts of the empire, shrewdly befriending peoples disillusioned by Rome and, with dazzling tactics, outwitting the opponents who believe the land route he has chosen is impossible.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not great

  • By Stephen on 01-09-15

Good but not great

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-15

Though I think some of the history is questionable, I enjoyed the story. My problem was with the flow and character development, of which there was very little. The novel moves from one front to the next and from the perspective of one character to another without much transition, making it difficult to follow at times.
It also seemed as if major characters in the novel were virtually unknown to the reader at times.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Corrections

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 21 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,524
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,535

The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century--a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost 50 years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic novel by Franzen

  • By kurdis teed on 01-02-18

Great Modern Literature

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

Reviewed: 01-08-14

Would you listen to The Corrections again? Why?

Yes, as its' one of the single greatest novels ever written. The story captivates from beginning to end, brings a variety of timely social issues to the table and tells a great story around the discussion of those issues.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Corrections?

Chip's arrival at the home for Christmas, which seemed predictable but at the same time the author gave no clue that it would actually happen ... or Alfred's dementia induced talking feces..

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice actually bothered me at first, or at least for the first few minutes of the listen. As you get involved with the characters of the novel what at first listen seems like the voice of an elderly man becomes capable of giving each character a completely distinct voice, and ultimately ends up in a great listening experience.

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

Neither, but there were numerous moments when Gary and Chip were placed into situations I, like many men, had experienced in real life.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 1356

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 916
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921

On September 19, 1356, a heavily outnumbered English army faced off against the French in the historic Battle of Poitiers. In 1356, Cornwell resurrects this dramatic and bloody struggle - one that would turn out to be the most decisive and improbable victory of the Hundred Years' War, a clash where the underdog English not only the captured the strategic site of Poitiers, but the French King John II as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Story Comes To Life

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-17-13

Brilliant Tale!

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

Reviewed: 01-07-14

What did you love best about 1356?

Thomas of Hookton becomes a Knight. I loved the Grail Quest series and, if possible, this novel topped those. I initially read this before the Grail Quest novels (I honestly wasn't aware they existed) and immediately devoured the other three novels and then read this again to understand all that I missed the first go around.

What other book might you compare 1356 to and why?

The author has written numerous books similar to 1356, though I consider this among the top two or three of his novels, and with one exception, the best of his non-Sharpe novels (the exception being The Pagan Lord).

Which scene was your favorite?

The battle scene at the end, which does a great job of bringing a medieval battle to life in the mind's eye of the reader.