While conducting exploration in the frozen Arctic, Texan Lew McCardle, a geologist working for the Houghton Oil company, discovers something remarkable: a body encased in the ice. More remarkable still, the skills of Russian researcher Semyon Petrovitch bring the man miraculously back to life.
This strange visitor from the distant past has an amazing story to tell. Translated from his native Latin by Nordic nun Olava, Lucius Aurelius Eugenianus reveals that in the era of Domitian he was a champion in the Roman Colosseum, a gladiator known far and wide as the greatest of all time.
An ingenious amalgam of science fiction, fantasy, and history, Richard Ben Sapir's The Far Arena is a breathtaking work of literary invention, at once thrilling, poignant, and thought provoking.
©2016 Richard Ben Sapir (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC
I obviously liked the synopsis otherwise I would not have downloaded this book. But after listening for sometime I found it quite bewildering and only wished I could have returned it, but as I had recently returned my last choice I ploughed on. I will let others decide for themselves as we each have our individual taste and whilst it may appeal to one listener it may not to another.
The story content started well enough, but then became inconsistent with the 21st century conversation the author gave to the lead character, (those who listen will understand what I refer to), which for me ruined the entire audio.
I dislike giving a negative review as I prefer constructive criticism, but I really feel aggrieved that I have wasted a precious credit on such a silly theme. Perhaps others will find the deep meaning the author intended, hidden in the content.
The narrator did a terrific job with pronunciation as he attempted to make a very strange story interesting.
Sadly not my cup of tea!
I first read this book over thirty years ago, and have re-read it several times since: it is one of those books that stays with you. It is a little uneven in pace and parts may be questionable, but it is nevertheless still a good story ... listening to it rather than reading it actually succeeded in evening out some of the pace issues, and the narration was, I thought, excellent. I hadn't really thought much about the characters' accents when reading it, but the narrator captured them brilliantly and the whole thing came more alive for me than when on the printed page.
The story was riveting and the narrator was near perfect. I couldn't put it down. At first I didn't realize the book was almost 40 years old, but that doesn't affect the quality. I will definitely seek out more works by the author as well as the narrator.
the narrator had an interesting version of an American accent especially a Texan accent. But was really a good reader for the whole book I really found it engaging. I found the story interesting. I didn't want to get out of the car when I went to work!
"Fabulous story. My first audiobook! Liked it a lot."
This author probably knows more about ancient Rome than a Roman. Great depth to the human relations. Worth hearing!
"Wonder of a concept!"
Every emotion is writ all through this very unusual story of technology, science, death, life, greed, despair, love, friendship & finally understanding, acceptance, and- at last - peace. Scenes & perception of the ancient Roman world flashed thru my mind in full color - in both happiness & horror. A remarkable book that I will remember forever.
"classic Favorite doesn't disappoint"
worried book would feel "dated" but it didn't. once in the story could not put it down. the narrator at first I wondered about but he is a skillful reader and I didn't need to worry. loved the book when it came out and loved the audible now. highly recommend.
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