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The Wedding Shroud

A Tale of Ancient Rome, Book 1
Narrated by: Christina Traister
Series: Tales of Ancient Rome, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
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In 406 BC, to seal a tenuous truce, the young Roman Caecilia is wedded to Vel Mastarna, an Etruscan nobleman from Veii. Leaving her militaristic homeland, Caecilia is determined to remain true to Roman virtues while living among the sinful Etruscans. But, despite her best intentions, she is seduced by a culture that offers women education, independence, sexual freedom, and an empowering religion.

Enchanted by Veii but terrified of losing ties to Rome, Caecilia performs rites to delay becoming a mother, thereby postponing true entanglement. Yet as she develops an unexpected love for Mastarna, she's torn between her birthplace and the city in which she now lives. As war looms, Caecilia discovers Fate is not so easy to control, and she must choose where her allegiance lies.

The Wedding Shroud is the first book in the series A Tale of Ancient Rome. Subsequent books in the series include The Golden Dice and Call to Juno.

©2015 Elisabeth Storrs. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Awful, can't finish it

I must not have listened to the sample before buying. This narrator just doesn't work for me. I felt tortured. I had high hopes. I like historical fiction but this one is just too full of "purple prose". Way more detailed that necessary. Also torture. I tried. Got about half way. I'm giving up.

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Horrible book!

Absolutely hated everything about this book. Bad story line. Terrible absolutely terrible performance by the reader. Voices and accents a huge disappointment. Overall nonsense all the way through chapter 10. It didn't get any better. So I quit reading at chapter 13. A waste of time and an Audible credit.

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disappointed

I was so excited to find a book with Etruscans. The main female character was just plain whiny and dumb. I forced myself to finish the book. It could have been so good. the author must not have much respect for women.

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  • A. Perez
  • Silver Spring, Md USA
  • 01-11-18

Rome and Veii - Unrequited lovers

Elisabeth Storrs intriguing tale of womanhood in 406 BC illuminates a glory of opposites. Love vs hate, virtue vs vic.

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Bad

Didn't like the book wanted different outcome. Felt like a cult story line . I skipped thru lots of parts.

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  • 02-08-17

Alright

I'm not liking the main character. the writer didn't give her a back bone at all.

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  • Jennet of Thores-Cross
  • 05-07-18

Stand-out read

This is a fascinating novel, very well researched, focusing on Caecilia – a Roman woman, half-patrician and half-plebian – who is forced to marry an Etruscan as part of a peace treaty with Rome.
Elisabeth Storrs goes further than bringing history to life, she brings the two cultures to life, and highlights the difficulties faced by a refugee from one culture trying to live in and accept another.
This is an historical novel that offers a great deal of understanding about one of the major issues of today’s world – one of my stand-out reads of the year so far.

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  • Kaz
  • 06-20-17

Shame about the narrator

ITa not often you get a good piece of fiction, written well, with an excellent grasp on the English language AND situated in such a unique era and location, but Elisabeth Storrs has done just that. Congratulations.

This is where my praise ends. The choice of narrator was a poor one. Christina Traister appeared to be trying far too hard in attempting to put on an upper class accent, conveying conceit as only the nobility of ancient Rome might show. In this attempt she stopped and started her sentences in a very disjointed fashion. Usually the most flagrant flaws were associated with sentences that held slightly more complex words. Eventually it dawned upon me that she was not familiar with the words as she frequently mispronounced them, or took a breath just before them as if to ready herself for the task, or allowed her voice to drop just after saying them (as if in relief) despite still being mid-sentence.

Needless to say her narration ruined the flow of the story. I may well read the sequels, but I'm unlikely to purchase any more audio books narrated by Ms.Traister.