Nero's Killing Machine

  • by Stephen Dando-Collins
  • Narrated by Robert Fass
  • 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, History, 2014
The 14th Gemina Martia Victrix Legion was the most celebrated unit of the early Roman Empire - a force that had been wiped out under Julius Caesar, reformed, and almost wiped out again. After participating in the a.d. 43 invasion of Britain, the 14th Legion achieved its greatest glory when it put down the famous rebellion of the Britons under Boudicca. Numbering less than 10,000 men, the disciplined Roman killing machine defeated 230,000 rampaging rebels, slaughtering 80,000 with only 400 Roman losses - an accomplishment that led the emperor Nero to honor the legion with the title "Conqueror of Britain."
In this gripping book, second in the author's definitive histories of the legions of ancient Rome, Stephen Dando-Collins brings the 14th Legion to life, offering military history aficionados a unique soldier's-eye view of their tactics, campaigns, and battles.

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Great story with a few flaws

Really interesting story following the 14th Legion throughout it's life. I had some issues with the fact the author kept using modern military ranks for the Roman commanders when really all he needed to do was explain once. Small point but takes away from what is a good listen.
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- Mr. A. P. T. Day

Not sure why Nero was in the title

If you could sum up Nero's Killing Machine in three words, what would they be?

Veni Vedi Vici


Who was your favorite character and why?

Caligula


What about Robert Fass’s performance did you like?

Excellent reading, voice quality, speed and tempo, pronunciation .


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I think Romes Killing Machine is accurate enough.


Any additional comments?

The 14th functioned through a series of emperors , in fact all of them so not sure why Nero was chosen. But the story does give a very good account of the daily life and the organisation of the legions and of Rome. Well worth the listen.

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- John M. Howitt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-11-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios