Caveat Emptor: A Novel of the Roman Empire : The Roman Empire

  • by Ruth Downie
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: The Roman Empire
  • 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ruso and Tilla, now newlyweds, have moved back to Britannia, where Ruso's old friend and colleague Valens has promised to help him find work. But it isn't the kind of work he'd had in mind - Ruso is tasked with hunting down a missing tax man named Julius Asper. Of course, there's also something else missing: money. And the council of the town of Verulamium is bickering over what's become of it. Compelled to delve deeper by a threat from his old sparring partner, Metellus, Ruso discovers that the good townsfolk may not be as loyal to Rome as they like to appear.
While Tilla tries to comfort Asper's wife, an anonymous well-wisher is busy warning the couple to get away from the case before they get hurt. Despite our hero's best efforts to get himself fired as investigator, he and his bride find themselves trapped at the heart of an increasingly treacherous conspiracy involving theft, forgery, buried treasure, and the legacy of Boudica, the Rebel Queen.

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What the Critics Say

"Downie excels in bringing the ancient world to life as well as making the attitudes and customs of its inhabitants accessible to a modern audience." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Russo gets in it deeper and deeper.

Would you consider the audio edition of Caveat Emptor: A Novel of the Roman Empire to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, so can't compare the two.


What did you like best about this story?

The bored Empress, Sabina made me laugh.


Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is the 5th Russo book I've listened to, narrated by Simon Vance. His delivery is consistently very good but his accent's let him down a bit.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Too long to listen to in a oner. It took 2/3 sittings.


Any additional comments?

I really enjoy the good nature and long suffering Russo getting himself into a mess and finding his way out again.

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- Debbie Rowe

Money, money, money

Ruso and Tilla back in Britain find themselves manipulated and or dragged from London to St Albans (Verulamium). Lots of bad guys, threats and insights into life in a prosperous Roman town and human nature. Good entertainment. Simon Vance has enough lightness in his voice to match the tone of the story well.
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- Rogayah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-01-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio