Tabula Rasa : The Roman Empire

  • by Ruth Downie
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: The Roman Empire
  • 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The medicus Ruso and his wife, Tilla, are back in the borderlands of Britannia, this time helping to tend the builders of Hadrian's Great Wall. Having been forced to move off their land, the Britons are distinctly on edge. Then Ruso's recently arrived clerk, Candidus, goes missing. A native boy thinks he sees a body being hidden inside the wall's half-finished stonework, and a worrying rumor begins to spread. When soldiers ransack the nearby farms looking for Candidus, Tilla's tentative friendship with a local family turns to anger and disappointment. Tensions only increase when Branan, the family's youngest son, also vanishes. As Ruso and Tilla try to solve the mystery of the two disappearances - while at the same time struggling to keep the peace between the Britons and the Romans - an intricate scheme involving slavery, changed identities, and fur trappers emerges, and it becomes imperative that Ruso find Branan before it's too late.

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What the Critics Say

"Like the other titles in the series, Downie's latest mixes an engaging story line, provocative characters, and a satisfying evocation of time and place." (Library Journal)

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Customer Reviews

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Throughly enjoyable

I cannot recommend this audio book highly enough. I am a big fan of Ruth Downie and her Ruso series. Thrilled to get this on audio. Thank you Ruth Downie for writing it and Audible for making it available on audio.
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- Adrian

Great but.....

This is only relevant for those that have listened to the previous books in this series.
I have given the performance an average mark of 3 stars instead of the probable 4 stars it deserved because 1 small thing that really peeved me greatly.
A character that only had a small part in this book but has been in previous books also completely changed in voice and attitude. He went from a middle class insipid southerner to a voice of indeterminate local with a more aggressive edge of nature.
How can this happen in a series? My problem I know but Ridiculas none the less.
Aside of that I enjoyed it greatly and am sad I only have one book left to listen to.
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- Dene.F.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-08-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio