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Why don’t Audible label YA fiction as such
I know that there is some excellent fiction for young people and I enjoy reading it on occasion but I was expecting this to be an adult fiction. The appalling narration didn’t help. There was no life or energy in the reading and nothing to engage the reader.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Fine if you want battles but nothing more
As someone with an interest in the history of Rome, I find the background to these books really interesting but this totally washed over me. Lurching from battle to battle it felt like it was going nowhere. The subplot with the drippy wife was tedious and the one with child’s nurse ‘icky’- men who use slaves for sex are bad but I’m going to go ahead because for us it’s different for us regardless of the power imbalance. I get the feeling these are modern ‘boys own’ tales so in future, I’ll leave them for the boys.
The strangest narration
I enjoyed the romp through the grail story but nearly gave up due to the narrator and his strangled vowel sounds. I just couldn’t bear another bizarre pronunciation. The pawm of the hand?!!!
Sadly the plot was predictable, the characters pretty one dimensional and the twist could be seen from page one. As mentioned by another reader, the narration was made uncomfortable by the sound of swallowing.
Before this book even begins the author talks about setting it before the era of modern policing and specifically “health and safety and political correctness “. This favourite whinge of the baby boomers made me nervous and indeed the first couple of chapters were tediously nostalgic.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Shame to end the series
I’ve enjoyed everyone of this series but with this book seemingly the end, I look forward r to seeing what the author does next. It’s a pity when a good series ends but better than drifting off into lower quality books for the sake of it.
Playing with themes
All the usual goodness in plot and characterisation with added playfulness on the nature of writing, storytelling and the fact that Gunther is a pretty unreliable narrator. Great stuff which makes Kerr’s death a greater loss for fans of his writing.
Full marks for the narrator
I’m pretty quick to moan about narrators I don’t like or who mispronounce common words but praise is due to Peter Noble who doesn’t just read this book but performs it.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Not my thing at all. So many things I disliked about this book that it was only masochism that made me finish it. The princess reduced to poverty aspect, the gormless adoration of a one dimensional character who’s awful to everyone because, boo hoo she didn’t marry her fiancé whom she didn’t know or like and then pantomime shenanigans with babies requiring leaps of coincidence that were just insulting. Most of all I felt very uncomfortable at the level of disdain shown by characters and author to those in poverty who are all without exception smelly, ugly, stupid or crooked. We are supposed to sympathise with the heroine’s fall but not with people who’ve had to live that way all their lives. By the end I was hoping there’d be a few more murders...
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
At last a proper roman novel
Adrian Goldsworthy is not someone who would write drivel about roman Britain so I thought I’d be in safe hands. To find the spark for the novel was the party invite from the Vindolanda tablets made me way more excited than it probably should but it worked so well. Peter Noble is to be praised for not mangling the Latin terms as so many narrators do. All those blokes churning out Roman military boys own stories should be force fed this book to see how it’s done.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful