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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By Paul on 01-04-17
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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By Dorin Birsan on 19-08-18
Fantastic. I recommand this great book.
Fantastic. I recommand this great audiobook abou Spartacus. Ben Kane did a fantastic job with this one.
By Timur on 04-02-14
If you could sum up Spartacus: The Gladiator in three words, what would they be?
Unforgettable, legendary story!
What did you like best about this story?
I read several books about Spartacus: 1969 Spartacus by Rafaello Giovagnoli, historical facts and Spartacus: The Gladiator, Spartacus: The Rebellion. The best part of this story is that it does not destroy the already formed vision of the hero nor the history or battles. The author managed to present Spartacus in much more powerful character yet, preserved his gentle and human side. Throughout the book the author made me feel like I was Spartacus (not that I would not like to be). I lived his each and every moment, fought all battles and shouted along (For Thrace!!!!!!!) while driving my car. The story is truly amazing!
Have you listened to any of Michael Praed’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I listened the next book about Spartacus and equally loved it.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Interestingly, NO! Why?! Because I enjoyed taking pauses and replaying the completed part of the story in my mind. I wondered what could have happen if his decisions and those of his brothers in arms were different. Things like that.
Any additional comments?
Before reading this book, please, make a little research about Rome, its army and the history of the gladiators. Take a map of Italy and make a note of several cities. Look at the history of Hanibal Barca and his crossing of the Alps. It will help you to understand the book much better.