Spartacus: The Gladiator

  • by Ben Kane
  • Narrated by Michael Praed
  • 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Warrior. As winter approaches in 74 BC, few travellers are abroad. But one man is making the long and weary last stage of his way home. Large parts of his homeland, Thrace, a land north of Greece, has fallen under the hated power of Rome. This Thracian has fought in the Roman legions for nearly a decade. He is skilled, hardened in battle, a sophisticated fighter. Spartacus.
Slave. But home is no longer the safe haven of his imagination. A new king sits on the throne. Treacherous and cunning, he has seized the crown by murder and he will hold onto it by violence. When a Roman slave trader comes to the village in search of men who will fight as gladiators, Spartacus is betrayed and sold. His odyssey has begun.
Hero. The legend that is Spartacus has come down to us through the centuries - the story of a man who took on the might of Rome and nearly brought her down. Now Ben Kane, the brilliant author of The Forgotten Legion and Hannibal: Enemy of Rome, brings to glorious life the first part of the Spartacus story.

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What the Critics Say

“There is much to enjoy in this saga of the downtrodden triumphing temporarily over their oppressors, and the portrait of Spartacus as charismatic leader is a vivid one.” (The Sunday Times)
“Ben Kane is a master of blending action, storytelling, living characters and historical and military detail … highly recommended.” (Editor’s Choice Historical Novels Review)
“Historically little is known about the real Spartacus but in the hands of Ben Kane his legend has been crafted into two fantastic novels and this is the first.” (4 stars, Daily Express)
"The vestigial knowledge we have of Spartacus’s life is cleverly woven into a well-researched realisation of Thrace and Rome in the first century BC…a tense, bloody and page-turningly good novel." (Lynn Roberts , The Tablet)

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Customer Reviews

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Great book

Loved this book. Its a bit too long for my taste though. 17 hrs is long. None the less, it was fun.
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- bhavnas

Brilliant Book! Brilliant experience...

I do love the way this author writes. As a fan of Roman military history, listening to this book was the closest thing I will ever experience to the real thing.... for anyone who wishes that they could go back in history and witness history changing events, this book and this author's writing are a must.
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- Paul

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-01-2012
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks