Once a soldier in an elite legion from the Danube, Aurelius Castus believes his glory days are over, stuck in Britain's provincial backwater. But history is about to take a hand, and when the king of the Picts, the savage people beyond Hadrian's Wall, dies in mysterious circumstances, Castus is selected to command the bodyguard of a Roman envoy sent to negotiate with the barbarians. But the diplomatic mission ends in bloody tragedy…
well structured, good pace, locations well evoked. narration was very good with excellent variety of voice and accent. Solid basis in history and the historical note rounded off the book nicely
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What made the experience of listening to War at the Edge of the World the most enjoyable?
Jonathan Keeble is a brilliant narrator, making each character distinctive and making you see these characters as real people.
What was one of the most memorable moments of War at the Edge of the World?
The whole episode when the soldiers go beyond the Antonine wall and meet the Picts for the first time - the feeling of unease, feeling out of their comfort zone, the alien nature of the Picts themselves and not understanding their language, and feeling so cut-off from the rest of the Roman army. This whole section of the book is utterly gripping.
What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I know this from having read the read the book first as an ebook, which I enjoyed, and then listening to Jonathan Keeble bring this story to life. The different voices, the accents - it all makes the story and the different characters seem much more real. I felt much more engaged in the story during Jonathan Keeble's narration.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The book made me laugh in places, but I was mostly caught up by the intense emotions that Castus and his fellow-solders went through.
Any additional comments?
The book also gives a fascinating insight into Roman warfare and life, as well as covering some historical background information that is necessary to understand the underlying intrigue that is going on around Castus and his soldiers.
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Where does War at the Edge of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This has been one of my favorite audiobooks. The main character Castus is a reluctant hero, who doesn't act heroically becase he wants to but because he has to. His life depends on it. That and his own intuition and luck.
The characters are believable and the story moves along at a good pace so no boring middle bit where nothing happens for hours then is all resolved in one chapter.
The book kept me interested all the way from beginning to end.
What did you like best about this story?
I'd say I liked the fact that the characters convinced me. I didn't feel any were in the book for effect or for the author to force something. Everything fitted and was believable.
Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favourite?
Has to be Castus with his thick Eastern accent ad slow talking manner
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Can't say as don;t want to spoil it for anyone else
Any additional comments?
Highly recommended. Best historical "war" type novel I've listened to to date. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
Brutal, grisly and so realistic! Intrigue, skullduggery, treachery, fast paced - what's not to love. Keeble is outstanding. Bravo
I have just listened to this book and enjoyed it very much, has a good story line and strong characters, I believe that there are 3 more books in this series and I look forward to hearing them.