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Legionary Audiobook

Legionary

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The Roman Empire is crumbling, and a shadow looms in the east....

376 AD: The Eastern Roman Empire is alone against the tide of barbarians swelling on her borders. Emperor Valens juggles the paltry border defenses to stave off invasion from the Goths north of the Danube. Meanwhile, in Constantinople, a pact between faith and politics spawns a lethal plot that will bring the dark and massive hordes from the east crashing down on these struggling borders. The fates conspire to see Numerius Vitellius Pavo, enslaved as a boy after the death of his legionary father, thrust into the limitanei, the border legions, just before they are sent to recapture the long-lost eastern Kingdom of Bosporus. He is cast into the jaws of this plot, so twisted that the survival of the entire Roman world hangs in the balance....

©2013 Gordon Doherty (P)2014 Gordon Doherty

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    Josephine london, United Kingdom 12/05/2014
    Josephine london, United Kingdom 12/05/2014 Member Since 2010
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    "Sounds like a good story but the narration is bad"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I don't really like the style of the narrator. He made every sentence sounds as if it is a surprise and that really gives me a headache.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Spencer Mesa, Arizona United States 28/09/2015
    Robert Spencer Mesa, Arizona United States 28/09/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Legionary and Gordon Doherty"

    Very good book. l liked the author, Gordon Doherty 's style and went onto listen to his book Strategos, which is excellent and difficult to "put down "

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    The Wolf Glasgow 26/10/2014
    The Wolf Glasgow 26/10/2014 Member Since 2014

    Author of Wolf's Head, The Wolf & The Raven, Rise of the Wolf, Knight of the Cross and Friar Tuck & The Christmas Devil.

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    "Great listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd read the Kindle version a year or so before – it was, in fact, my first ever ebook purchase if I remember correctly – and I knew it was a good read, so I wondered how this Roman historical fiction would translate to the audio format.
    I'm happy to say it works a treat.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pavo. He's pretty inept but grows as the book goes along.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, this audiobook is a great listen. I do a lot of driving at work and sometimes I get sick of hearing Radio 5 Live or Slayer or Jethro Tull CDs, so it was a very welcome change of pace to have this on as I drove around the west of Scotland every day. It's also good value, lasting for quite a few hours, so don't let the price tag of these things put you off – a lot of work goes into this!


    Whether you've read this book before or not, you won't be disappointed when you download the audio version. Give it a try. Doherty's writing has improved since this, his debut novel, so future audio versions of his books will be even better. I've just completed Legionary 3 – Land of the Sacred Fire and I'm looking forward to hearing it read by Simon Whistler, so...bring it on Gordon, we're waiting!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    roman archaeologist devon 21/05/2014
    roman archaeologist devon 21/05/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "odd pronunciation"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    the story is interesting but like many roman stories can be similar to others


    What did you like best about this story?

    story moved along at a good pace and did not get stuck in one place for to long


    What didn’t you like about Simon Whistler’s performance?

    i felt that simon whistler put in a lot of effort coming up with very odd pronunciations of roman names took a while to translate some of these


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    i had no emotional reaction to the book it was a good storey


    Any additional comments?

    i wish the readers would try and find out the normal or commonly used pronunciation rather alway come up with their own unique versions

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • WilliamVW
    Hillsboro, OR USA
    10/06/14
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    "Decent book, stellar performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who loves a good adventure yarn and would enjoy following the travels of a boy battling for his life across the tapestry of a lush but brutal history.


    What other book might you compare Legionary to and why?

    Hard for me to say, as I'm not much of a historical fiction reader. If anything, though, I would say this reminded me of Louis L'Amour's "The Walking Drum." Lots of action, shallow characters, plenty of fun.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the bar scene in who Pavo drunkenly escapes a thrashing by kicking his far superior opponent in the privates -- not because of the cheap comedy, which wasn't bad, but because it encapsulates the sense of rowdy, slapdash, seat-of-your-pants action that typifies the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Simon Whistler's narration of this tale is a joy. His English accent gives it a sense of Old World majesty while his enthusiasm is infectious. He clearly enjoys the material (or he's very gifted at faking it). I would love to listen to more books read by him.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • CS
    21/05/14
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    "A visceral historic cross-section"
    What did you love best about Legionary?

    Obvious care and painstaking work went into the military history of the piece. Armed units, organization and procedure rolled out with a feel of authenticity, and you could feel the author's enthusiasm for his work.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending provided a sequel hook by hinting a previously mentioned character would soon come into the story. This came out of the blue, however. The lack of context kept me from feeling the intrigue.


    What does Simon Whistler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Simon's vocals are smooth and ambient. He makes the bone, blood and guts story pleasant to the ear, and oddly relaxing to listen to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Live by the Sword."


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • RobertT364
    09/06/15
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    "I enjoyed this novel"

    I was never a big fan of the historical type fiction, but since i listened to this i think my tastes may have changed. I found the story-line intriguing and it all flowed very well. I think the narrator did the book justice and i will definitely look for more from both the author and narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trixie
    09/04/15
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    "Legionary"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Very good audiobook...Well paced, action book. The characters were well developed and make me care about them but not so much that dragged down the book. I recommend this book.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • John Thurston
    12/04/16
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    "Depprrrssing but"

    Thr dclinrr of the legio after contstinr,'s troops in to yl yhi lmiitani and comitatrnsrrs difdf not work work well for the legions set up zone

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • STEVEN
    Ohio
    07/12/15
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    "Good listen, enjoyed Strategos more"
    What other book might you compare Legionary to and why?

    It was similar to Strategos, another title written by this author


    What about Simon Whistler’s performance did you like?

    He did an excellent job and I enjoyed his voice and reflections, very pleasant to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I was provided a copy for an honest review

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DabOfDarkness
    Ojo Caliente, NM, United States
    19/07/15
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    "It almost worked for me"

    Numerius Vitellius Pavo is a slave and a witch’s curse protects him from permanent damage or death at the hands of his owner, a senator of Rome. Set in 376 AD, Christianity is on the rise and the Roman empire has crumbled a bit at the borders. Pavo finds himself freed only to join the border legions who face near-certain death.

    Young Pavo was a likable chap, though a bit boring in a permanently beaten puppy kind of way. I never really grew attached to him, so this book probably had less impact on me than other readers who do become attached to Pavo. He has a buddy, Sura, who is always telling tall tales and they watch out for each other through out the story. It was a cute best buddy friendship. Once they join up as trainees, there’s all sorts of hazing the young recruits must endure.

    I did enjoy the political intrigue going on behind the scenes, especially back in Rome. Emperor Valens has plenty to contend with between the rising Christian church, and Goths and Huns pushing against the Roman borders. These scenes made up perhaps a quarter of the book but I found them to be the most interesting.

    The ladies are woefully under represented in this book. In fact, I do believe there are only two that get names, and one is a dead wife. The other, Felicia, is the love interest of Pavo. There’s a variety of other nameless bedwarmers, but sadly they don’t really add to the plot. I will say that the one sex scene was sweet and hot; nicely done!

    Pavo is our hero of the story and he is at the crux of big things happening for the empire. And yet, I never really got that sense of big sweeping events hanging on a sword’s edge that I was hooping for. I am having a hard time putting my finger directly on it. The action scenes often came off as a bit flat to me, lacking drama or suspense. Maybe this is because I wasn’t particularly attached to Pavo.

    I dived into this book truly expecting to love it. Ancient Roman historical fiction is one of my favorite niche genres. Plus the time of Emperor Valens and the rise of Christianity isn’t a section I have really studied, so I was looking forward to learning a bit as I enjoyed this fiction. I was surprised and saddened this book was only so-so for me.

    I received this audiobook from the author (via the Audiobook Blast Facebook page) at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

    The Narration: Simon Whistler did a pretty good job. He had a variety of accents as called for and had passable female voices for the few times a woman uttered a line. He does have the English accent (and since this is an English production that is quite proper) and for some words my American brain had to puzzle out what he said (such as the word ‘grimace’). Also, for the longest time I thought the main character’s name was Parvo instead of Pavo because I hear a soft R in the name when Whistler says it. Parvo is a nasty terminal dog disease here in the States, so that kept putting an image in my head every time I heard it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • raindog19
    18/07/14
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    "Slow start, but gripping by the end"
    Where does Legionary rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For story, somewhere in the middle. For production, kind of low. It is possible to hear some of the edits and "punch ins" and certain words are pronounced differently at different times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The drama built well, the author handled suspense well. Good pacing after a somewhat clunky beginning.


    What does Simon Whistler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Simon's voice and dramatic reading ability are both quite nice. Again I found the production quality somewhat lacking and that distracted me from the story at times.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Blood, Guts, and dust


    Any additional comments?

    Some back story is delivered too quickly at the beginning. The protagonist goes from young child to young adult quickly, and later allusions to his past that weren't really brought up earlier. But I found that the story became much more coherent and enjoyable as it went on.

    I think the author handled two juxtaposed narratives well: the main protagonist is a grunt soldier caught up in the intrique of generals and emperors. The stories of both "higher" and "lower" rank characters are well told and well mixed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blaine Moore
    Maine
    13/06/14
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    "Excellent Performance; One Facial Expression"
    If you could sum up Legionary in three words, what would they be?

    Adventure, Blood, Grimacing


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I enjoyed the adventurous nature of the story, and how it painted the times in a way that made it come alive. I didn't care how everybody only had one facial expression.


    What about Simon Whistler’s performance did you like?

    Simon did a great job reading this story; his polished voice brought forth the excitement in the action.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diana
    Mooresville, IN, United States
    03/05/14
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    "This Author May Never Use the Word "Grimace" Again"
    Would you try another book from Gordon Doherty and/or Simon Whistler?

    No.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gordon Doherty again?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Whistler’s performances?

    No.


    What character would you cut from Legionary?

    All of the one's incessantly using the word grimaced. Which was usually pronounced grim-Aced but occasionally would be pronounced grim-ace.


    Any additional comments?

    I am very disappointed in this book. The constant use of the word 'grimaced" overshadowed any storyline to the point I grimaced every time I heard it. The use of modern slang, Romanized was distracting. poorly done.

    0 of 11 people found this review helpful

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