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An Oblique Approach

Belisarius Saga, Book 1
Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
Series: Belisarius Saga, Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
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In Northern India, the Malwa have created an empire of unexampled evil. Guided or possessed by an intelligence from beyond time, with new weapons, old treachery, and an implacable will to power, the Malwa will sweep over the whole Earth. Only three things stand between the Malwa and their plan of eternal domination: the empire of Rome in the East, Byzantium; a crystal with vision; and a man named Belisarius, the greatest commander Earth has ever known....

©1998 David Drake and Eric Flint (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Finally

I have waited a long time for these books to be available on audible. Great narration. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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finally one of the best books ever written

why did you wait so long to do this series in audio. next five books Now

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  • Joseph
  • Moorpark, Ca, United States
  • 08-22-19

Tears of joy

One the Best stories out there. I'm glad it came to audible. I look forward to the rest of the series.

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I've been waiting for this book to come out

can't wait for the second book to come out.. such a great book series... took audible long enough.. i hope they get the other books out soon..

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YEEEEEEEES!

There's a scene in this, the first book of the amazing Belisarius series, in which the futuristic crystalline intelligence berates his primitive, protoplasmic kin for not thinking of stirrups sooner. I'm tempted to have a similar reaction to the fact that it took this long to get the Belisarius Saga in audio format, but I'm so ridiculously happy it's finally hear I can't even be bothered to be annoyed.

This is, bar none, the greatest alternate history series ever written. It's in the top 5 for military history as well. Granted, there are some historical inaccuracies, but for the love of God, have a soul, ignore them, and just enjoy how immensely fun this story is. Epic in scope, meticulously plotted, with characters that are generally well-drawn and complex, it's also got more than enough mayhem to just be enjoyed as a fun military sci-fi. Flint and Drake were at the top of their game, and the collaboration of Flint's characterization and Drake's detailed knowledge of the military complement one another perfectly.

As for the narration, it was about as solid as you can realistically expect from one person trying to voice a massive set of characters with very different personas, classes and countries of origin. Some of the female characters' voices are a bit difficult to distinguish from one another, but it's really not that distracting. Pacing was generally excellent, and he did a very good job with the action scenes [of which there were a lot, with many more to come].

Run, do not walk, to spend your credit, and the sooner we get the other five, the better.

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  • Davyo
  • Illinois
  • 09-07-19

The Top Alt-History Series Ever

I read this when first released, and have waited with baited breath for them to be issued on Audio Book format. FInally......hurry hurry hurry with the rest of the series. It is in my mind the best Alt-History ever. I still cry when the young king dies when I'm reading it. It is probably the best series by anyone in any genre I have ever read. Two great authors combine to write great works actually better than their individual works in my opinion.

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Perfectly performed - top-drawer writing

I've listened to pretty much everything Drake has on audible. In addition to being a very well-told story, this book is also amazingly well performed by Pete Bradbury. Unlike many other audio books, including Drake's latest Leary book: "To Clear Away the Shadows," this one has none of the obvious pasted-in audio edits, character-tone errors, and mispronounced words one hears.

This is about as close to perfection as you can get. (Another superbly narrated book is The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson, narrated by Jennifer Wiltsie.)

If you like Drake, BUY THIS BOOK!
And if you are the publisher, PLEASE get Pete working on the rest of the series!

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The older series I've been waiting for.

I love this series. Finally its on Audible. If you like history and/or alternative history then this is for you. A great "what if" story. The narrator could have been better in differentiating between character's voices but not bad overall.

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  • Leslie
  • 08-31-19

As good as I remembered

One of my favorite reads, now its in audio form its bliss and I use audio for all books now (old age, smiles).

waiting for the rest of the series...please

I can only say give it a try, if you don't like give it back, but honest the story sucks you in, as others have said its fiction not fact but a wonderful twist

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