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The Encircling Sea

Narrated by: Peter Noble
Series: Vindolanda, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Flavius Ferox, Briton turned Roman centurion, is charged with keeping Rome's empire intact. But from his base at Vindolanda on the northern frontier of Britannia, he feels enemies closing in on him from all sides. Ambitious leaders await the chance to carve out empires of their own while men nearer at hand speak in whispers of war and the destruction of Rome. 

And now new threats are reaching Ferox's ears. Stories about the boat-dwelling men of the night who have cursed the land and come ashore only to feast on men's flesh. These are just rumours for now. But Ferox knows that rumours stem from truth. And that no one on this isle is safe from the great encircling sea.... 

©2018 Adrian Goldsworthy (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Once again!

Once again, the second book of the series I truly enjoyed both the story and narration. Peter Noble does a wonderful job of telling the story and amazingly with so many characters does a great job keeping all the many voices in line. I highly recommend!

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Well Worth the Wait

I had first noticed the hardcover edition of this book at least six months ago and was so hoping it would come out in audio version that I even contact the author. Unfortunately, he did not yet know at that time what was the status of the audiobook.
Fortunately it came out and although I had several other books in the cue, I downloaded the book and away we went.

What sets this historical novel apart from others in the same genre is the author is a historian on Roman history. If you have not listened to his histories, I strongly recommend them. This is a story of a Roman centurion set in Roman Britain, plain and simple, his heroism, ingenuity and mastery of arms. The realism comes through and it is very enjoyable.

Unfortunately, now starts the long wait for the next installment.

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More action than plot

I liked this less than the first novel. Though heavy focus on action is clearly a mark of this author's style, it was better balanced in the first novel. In this one I found the prolonged and detailed action scenes laborious. In fact, though I usually can't tolerate feeling that I have missed a single detail and have to rewind if I don't get something, I found myself not caring much of the time in this one and just letting it run.

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Great story and nobody writes individual and unit combat as well as Goldsworthy

Another great tale full of historical elements and well-written combat. Peter Noble is a wonderful storyteller and could make reading a grocery list fascinating. Third book already downloaded!

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Another Colleen McCullough

Goldsworthy does for Roman Britain what McCullough did for Republican Rome. I had a fair idea of what the mechanics looked like, but this was like seeing the machine in operation. If you are interested in Rome, the Roman Army and/or Roman Britain this novel brings the history to life.

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  • AR
  • 08-14-19

Excellent

This is the second book in a trilogy. I have enjoyed the first two immensely.
The story is cleverly woven through historical fact and the narrator is among the best I have listened to.
I would highly recommend it

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  • Ian David Williamson
  • 01-16-19

A good enjoyable listen.

This is the second Adrian Goldsworthy book I have listened to and have enjoyed them both. It appears to a layman that Mr G knows a great deal about Roman Britain which makes the story more believable for me. I look forward to the next book.

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  • TommyBurn
  • 06-03-19

I'm not sure why but I found this boring

I really dont know if it is me, the story or the narrator, but I just found both the books in this series boring. I cant put my finger on what it was that didn't grab me, but I was glad it was over when i finished.

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  • Sean
  • 03-01-19

It's okay - Not marvellous

It's listenable - just. Far too much battle line description and far too little story. Too many characters to get very interested in any of them and the outcome is predictable from about half way through.
Not the worst Roman book you'll read but not exactly compelling either.

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