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  • The Battle of Waterloo

  • By: Jeremy Black
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Jeremy Black uses Waterloo to contextualise the changing nature of war, the rise and fall of Napoleon's empire, and the influence of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars on the nineteenth century. Waterloo was an iconic battle for the British, a triumph of endurance that ensured a nineteenth-century world in which Britain played the key role.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More about impact on Britain than the battle.

  • By William on 02-20-13

a great account of Waterloo

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

Great narration really made the story flow smoothly and easy to understand what is going on during the event

  • The History of Ancient Rome

  • By: Garrett G. Fagan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Garrett G. Fagan
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,781

Even today, the influence of Ancient Rome is indelible, with Europe and the world owing this extraordinary empire a huge cultural debt in almost every important category of human endeavor, including art, architecture, engineering, language, literature, law, and religion. At the peak of its power, Rome's span was vast. In the regional, restless, and shifting history of continental Europe, the Roman Empire stands as a towering monument to scale and stability, unified in politics and law, stretching from the sands of Syria to the moors of Scotland. And it stood for almost 700 years.In this series of 48 spirited lectures, you'll see how a small village of shepherds and farmers rose to tower over the civilized world of its day and left a permanent mark on history. In telling Rome's riveting story, Professor Fagan draws on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, including recent historical and archaeological scholarship, to introduce the fascinating tale of Rome's rise and decline, including the famous events and personalities that have become so familiar: . Horatius at the bridge . Hannibal crossing the Alps during Rome's life-or-death war with Carthage . Caesar assassinated before a statue of his archrival Pompey . The doomed lovers Antony and Cleopatra . The mad and venal emperors Nero and Caligula . The conversion of Constantine The course also addresses one of history's greatest questions: Why did the Roman Empire fall? And you'll learn why most modern scholars believe that the empire did not "fall" at all, but, rather, changed into something very different-the less urbanized, more rural, early medieval world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Accessible

  • By Sean on 10-05-13

Rome and what you need to know!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The History of Ancient Rome to be better than the print version?

this is an excellent lecture series on the history of Rome by a very knowledgeable professor
it help me as I was taking a similar college class and the mix of both gave me a great understanding of the history and also the culture of the time

Who was your favorite character and why?

Augustus , he was such an wise ruler

What about Professor Garrett G. Fagan’s performance did you like?

ever thing his preparation and knowledge of the subject he also made it very interesting

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

all of it im a history and classics major

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Arena

  • By: Simon Scarrow, T. J. Andrews
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Pavo's journey begins when he encounters the Roman soldier Macro, who has been charged with his training. Bonds of friendship develop between the two men, both aware that their fates depend not only on Pavo's skills in the arena but also on the whims of powerful and ruthless senators. Can Pavo survive to fulfil his most cherished goal - revenge for the murder of his father at the hands of a champion gladiator?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Badly Written and Badly Read.

  • By Roger on 01-02-14

another great Simon Scarrow book

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

Reviewed: 03-09-14

Would you listen to Arena again? Why?

great book about Rome and the gladiatorial events and the things that could have happened under the reign of Cladius with his use of vindictive freedmen that he did use as advisors

What other book might you compare Arena to and why?

other simon scarrow book you should read all of the they are very good

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

his voice is wonderful for the book

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • SPQR X: A Point of Law

  • By: John Maddox Roberts
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Decius Caecilius Metellus is moving up in the world. He's won some money and glory fighting pirates in the Mediterranean and expects a speedy election to the office of praetor. That all changes when a man he's never seen before publicly accuses him of corruption. Decius and his powerful family of Rome's leading politicians scramble to prepare a defense. However, the day of the trial they are greeted with a strange surprise on the steps of the courthouse: the corpse of the man who made the accusation. Now Decius is up against a much more serious charge of murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another great book from j m roberts

  • By lynn on 08-15-13

another great book from j m roberts

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

Reviewed: 08-15-13

Where does SPQR X: A Point of Law rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

in the tops i love the whole SPQR series

What did you like best about this story?

the mystery and the way he ties actual events into his books

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

i think he is by far one of the best readers no doubt

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

yes

Any additional comments?

love the and will get the rest of the series

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Vespasian: False God of Rome

  • By: Robert Fabbri
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Vespasian is serving as a military officer on the outskirts of the Roman Empire, suppressing local troubles and defending the Roman way. But political events in Rome draw him back to the city. When Caligula becomes emperor, Vespasian believes that things will improve. Instead, he watches his leader deteriorate from being Rome's shining star to a blood-crazed, profligate madman. Lavish building projects, endless games, and public displays of his incestuous relationship with his sister, Drusilla, and a terrified senate are nothing to Caligula's most ambitious plan....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the series so far

  • By Morten on 01-29-13

great novel

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

Reviewed: 08-15-13

What made the experience of listening to Vespasian: False God of Rome the most enjoyable?

enjoyable novel and the way writer ties history in the story

What other book might you compare Vespasian: False God of Rome to and why?

Vespasian: Rome exicutioner

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

well done and his voice draws you in to the story

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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Any additional comments?

great book

  • Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495

Integrated approaches to teaching Greek and Roman history are a rarity in academia. Most scholars are historians of either Greek or Roman history and perform research solely in that specific field, an approach that author and award-winning Professor Robert Garland considers questionable.In these 36 passionate lectures, he provides and impressive and rare opportunity to understand the two dominant cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world in relation to one another-a relationship that has virtually no parallel in world history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent content with some caveats

  • By Mountain K9iner on 08-12-14

great history course

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

Reviewed: 08-15-13

If you could sum up Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean in three words, what would they be?

great course very instructor has a good voice and is very good on the subject.
a must buy for people looking to increase their learning on the ancient Greek and Roman world

What other book might you compare Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean to and why?

dont have anything to compare it with

What about Professor Robert Garland’s performance did you like?

very good voice and understanding of the subject

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

just more understanding and learning of the classical world

Any additional comments?

great course

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • SPQR IV: The Temple of the Muses

  • By: John Maddox Roberts
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

When Roman junior senator Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger has a chance to join a diplomatic mission to Alexandria, he welcomes the opportunity to temporarily elude his enemies in the Eternal City - even though it means leaving his beloved Rome. Decius is just beginning to enjoy the outpost's many exotic pleasures when the suspicious death of an irascible philosopher occurs, coinciding with the puzzling and apocalyptic ravings of a charismatic cult leader. Intrigued, Decius requests and is given permission by the Egyptian Pharaoh to investigate the heinous crime. What he discovers is beyond shocking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite series

  • By Terry on 02-13-16

great Roman novel

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

Reviewed: 06-17-13

If you could sum up SPQR IV: The Temple of the Muses in three words, what would they be?

another great myster novel tied in with Roman history

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

love to listen to his voice one of the best

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Jewish War, Volume 1

  • By: Flavius Josephus
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

In A.D. 66, nationalist and religious revolutionaries in Palestine led a ferocious revolt of the Jewish people against the authority of mighty Rome, culminating in the greatest upheaval and savagery the world had known up to that time. By the end of the conflict seven years later, over one million Jews had perished and tens of thousands were sold into slavery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Have you wondered?

  • By Michael on 10-01-04

great book on the Roman legions

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

Reviewed: 10-27-12

What did you love best about The Jewish War, Volume 1?

Josephus tells us of the Roman legions in Judea in the 1st century AD.and gives us a view of how they were used. love this one

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

yes