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The Eagle of the Ninth

By: Rosemary Sutcliff
Narrated by: BBC Radio 4
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A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatization of Rosemary Sutcliff's The Eagle of the Ninth. Around 117 AD, the Roman Ninth Legion was ordered to put down an uprising among the Caledonian tribes. Four thousand men vanished without a trace into the swirling mists of the north of Roman Britain. Many years after their disappearance, a young centurion, Marcus Aquila, sets out to discover the truth about what happened to the legion and to its First Cohort Commander - his father.

This edition is published by arrangement with Oxford University Press.

©1954 Anthony Lawton (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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  • Ffwl
  • 07-26-15

I could not finish it

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who has never read the book.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was fine, the adaptation woeful After about 10 minutes we were halfway through the book, and there was a key episode that involves 3 main characters i the book (4 if you include the wolf). Only one of them was present as the others had not been introduced.

What character would you cut from The Eagle of the Ninth?

No need to, the adaptation has done a spiffing job of that on its own.

Any additional comments?

If you have read and loved the book do not go near this.

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  • Sheldon
  • 01-01-17

Book good-Audio Poor

What disappointed you about The Eagle of the Ninth?

The BBC dramatisation was poor.

What could Rosemary Sutcliff have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The book is brilliant, Sutcliff need do no more, Just don't let the BBC ruin it!!!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment- what a waste of hard earned euros

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I am looking for an unabridged audio version of this excellent book, the BBC Just did not reach their usually standard of excellence,

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-26-22

Too much huffing and puffing …

I would have enjoyed it better if it had been a straight reading of the book rather than an abridged dramatised version with a lot of huffing and puffing along the way.

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  • celery
  • 07-30-20

old fashioned adaptation

good story but this dramatisation is dated in style and the music between chapters was irritating

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-24-20

So good

I read this recently having enjoyed it hugely as a child. Reading it again as an adult did not disappoint. Will read with my 10 year old.