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Spartacus: The Gladiator Audiobook

Spartacus: The Gladiator: Spartacus 1

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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.

©2012 Ben Kane (P)2012 Random House AudioGo

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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    bhavnas London, United Kingdom 29/02/2012
    bhavnas London, United Kingdom 29/02/2012
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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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    I WHITE 03/08/2016
    I WHITE 03/08/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Another great Ben Kane novel."
    What made the experience of listening to Spartacus: The Gladiator the most enjoyable?

    Thoroughly enjoyed all the detail,most instructive.Anyone who has seen the movie,MUSt read this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spartacus: The Gladiator?

    too many to pick one.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Praed’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This was the 1st. Look forward to the next.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Street 07/03/2016
    Street 07/03/2016
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    "Excellent story spoilt by varying quality of narra"
    What other book might you compare Spartacus: The Gladiator to, and why?

    Despite my disappointment with the sound I also read the Rebelion - offhand I can't think of another story that could be comparable


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Mostly OK but long stretches of whispering at a very low level required constant alteration to the sound level which is frustrating when you just want to listen and relax


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    TheFluffyViking UK 24/02/2016
    TheFluffyViking UK 24/02/2016 Member Since 2012

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    "Fantastic!"

    Action, betrayal, love, and battles galore! Brilliant work by both author and narrator. I've listened to and read this book a few times now, and it just gets better every time.

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    AndyHarney 03/04/2015
    AndyHarney 03/04/2015
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    "Spartacus...Spartacus....Spartacus... Fantastic!"

    I couldn't stop listening to this story once it started. Like the Hannibal story it had me gripped from start to finish. I love the story and the way it was read. A master peace also in a historic novel... Ben Kane I salute you ....

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    Andy Greenwood 21/03/2015
    Andy Greenwood 21/03/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic story and a great listen."

    A fantastic story which is well written and the narration brought the story to life brilliantly. Didn't want the book to end and can't wait for the next book in the series. Outstanding 10/10.

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    John Matcham 08/06/2014
    John Matcham 08/06/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Well written and well narrated,"

    Initially I thought Michael Praed was a little monotone however, he soon got in to his narration and by just the change of inflection in his voice made the characters come to life. The story is well known and Ben Kane appears to have researched his subject well, thus giving Spartacus and his follower’s strong characterization. The mixing of fact and fiction is a good recipe for producing an exciting story, If Hollywood are considering remaking the movie I think Mr Kane should be considered to write the screen play!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trevor SALTBURN BY THE SEA, United Kingdom 12/08/2013
    Trevor SALTBURN BY THE SEA, United Kingdom 12/08/2013

    Retired Probation Officer filling my time with gardening and listening to books in-between metal detecting looking for links to our history!

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    "Another great book from a great author."

    I have loved this book, it is well written taking the listener to the action, can't wait for book two the "Rebellion"

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    colin Airdrie, United Kingdom 03/08/2013
    colin Airdrie, United Kingdom 03/08/2013 Member Since 2011

    I seem to be a addicted to dark fantasy!!

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    "Ben Kane at his best"

    Once again Ben Kane shows why he is so highly praised as one of the best historical fiction authors around. Its quite clear that he leaves no stone unturned in his research of his subject and with Spartacus he once again excells at filling in the gaps that history has forgotten!
    We all know the tragic rise and fall of the Thracian slave who so very nearly toppled Rome but Ben Kane brings the legend to life and breathes new life into the fabled gladiator.

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    Sharky PETERLEE, United Kingdom 28/06/2013
    Sharky PETERLEE, United Kingdom 28/06/2013
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    "super"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    story line is just great ever book ben kane has is just super and the reader michael praed just make it even better the way he reads it


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Spartacus the one and only ;)


    Have you listened to any of Michael Praed’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    mint


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    o yes


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  • Timur
    Versoix, Switzerland
    04/02/14
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    "Absolutely wonderful!"
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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