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Persona Non Grata Audiobook

Persona Non Grata: A Novel of the Roman Empire

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Publisher's Summary

At long last, Gaius Petreius Ruso and his companion, Tilla, are headed home - to Gaul. Having received a note consisting only of the words "COME HOME!" Ruso has (reluctantly, of course) pulled up stakes and brought Tilla to meet his family. But the reception there is not what Ruso has hoped for: no one will admit to sending for him, and his brother Lucius is hoping he'll leave.

With Tilla getting icy greetings from his relatives, Lucius's brother-in-law mysteriously drowned at sea, and the whole Ruso family teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, it's hard to imagine an unhappier reunion. That is, until Severus, the family's chief creditor, winds up dead, and the real trouble begins.

Engrossing, intricate, and - as always - wonderfully comic, Ruth Downie's latest is a brilliant new installment in this irresistible series. This is everything we've come to expect from our charming, luckless hero.

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend us your ears: listen to another Novel of the Roman Empire.

©2009 Ruth Downie; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"This lively sequel to Medicus and Terra Incognita continues Downie's delightful historical series.... Highly recommended." (Library Journal)

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    Robert Piedmont, CA, United States 11-05-12
    Robert Piedmont, CA, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Simon Vance is great!!!"
    If you could sum up Persona Non Grata in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable listen - and funny too!


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Simon Vance does a beautiful job covering all of the voices. He keeps a perfect cadence in his reading ... never rushing it but always drawing out the situational ironies (which Ruth Downie does so beautifully).


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 01-20-12
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    "The best so far"

    A treat to listen to. The story moved well and surprising twists kept the reader guessing. Each book has gotten better. I am looking forward to the next. I would have given the story a 5 but I agree with some others that the setting could easily be changed to another time period except for a few details. The Roman aspect could be stronger.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 11-28-09
    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 11-28-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Ah men!!"

    Ruso is such a "guy". Tila, well she could easily be a warrior or just a brat. This story has a nice little mystery. Better still it has lots of back story for Ruso. You get a much better idea of why he is who he is:) I can't wait till they have kids!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Terrie 09-18-15
    Terrie 09-18-15
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    "My favorite of the first three books of the series"
    What made the experience of listening to Persona Non Grata the most enjoyable?

    The narrator could not be better suited for this book. Peerless.


    Any additional comments?

    Of the first three novels in this series, this one is my favorite. It has a fiendishly complicated cast of characters. I suggest jotting down the names as they apoear in the storyline.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark M Miller Kissimmee, Florida United States 07-11-15
    Mark M Miller Kissimmee, Florida United States 07-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great Ruth Downie Novel in the Medicus series"

    If you've never read a Ruth Downie novel, go back to Medicus and start there! They really should be read in order. Having said that, by highly recommend this one. It certainly one of her best. I've recommended this series to a whole bunch of people all of whom have really liked it. Of course Simon Vance is the best of all readers. When I'm looking for a new audio book, I just search under his name because from Patrick O'Brian's Jack Aubrey to Sherlock Holmes to Medicus, Simon Vance gets every voice perfect. He is the man with a thousand voices and hundreds of accents!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. DiGuiseppe 06-07-17

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    "The best, most concise of the series yet!"
    Where does Persona Non Grata rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ruth Downie has truly hit her stride on this one. The mystery was the best plotted yet, with Ruso much more "with it" than he has been.


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

    Like Scott Brick as John Corey, Simon Vance IS RUSO! I've heard him in SPQR -- not nearly as good with really tough going, and he did his best. Ruth Downie's text is much easier for him to grab a hold of the characters and story.


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

    Going home isn't all it's cracked up to be.


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    L. Barnes 12-30-16
    L. Barnes 12-30-16

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    "better and better"

    this is the third Medicus book I've read and each has been a winner. historically and medically fascinating with plenty of plot tension and humor to keep you going far into the night. glad I have more to go.

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    Kindle Customer Illinois USA 11-03-16
    Kindle Customer Illinois USA 11-03-16

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    "Another great adventure of the Medicus and Tilla"

    I loved how Tilla was developed more in this story. The change of venue was refreshing. The narrator is awesome! He makes the story come to life and is enjoyable to listen to. I plan to get the next episode.

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    Ark1836 05-28-15
    Ark1836 05-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Continuing an Enjoyable Series"

    This book continues Ruth Downie's enjoyable series set in Roman Britain. As someone who isn't typically a fan of mysteries, I can't comment on the quality of that element of the story. However, I really enjoy the description of life in Ancient Rome. Ms. Downie clearly did her research, and it shows through in the book. This is well-worth the time to listen, and the narrator does an excellent job.

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    c Lantau, Hong Kong 04-01-15
    c Lantau, Hong Kong 04-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent series"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    lead character -the doctor - is both appealing and appropriate to his time. Author manages to develop both characters life stories through the series and put them in middle of a murder plot without being too far fetched. I recommend reading from start of series. I like Roman era stories but I think anyone who likes mysteries will like.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Excellent


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