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G. Goodwin

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Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-14

Would you listen to Covenant with Death again? Why?

I would probably not listen to the story again. Not because it is not good (it is, very) but because over the book (which takes time to get going) I really developed a strong attachment to quite a few of the characters. The final few chapters therefore became quite maudling with some characters I expected to be fine coming to unfortunate ends.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Sergeant Major I felt really came across as the professional. You could tell he cared about his men, wasn't afraid to voice concerns but then made the best oif a bad situation.

What three words best describe Mike Rogers’s voice?

evocative, clear , honest

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

As mentioned, the final few chapters were quite hard but I was really absorbed, even dropping back a couple of times to make sure I caught something. I was very sad when it finished.

Just gets better ....

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-14

What did you like most about Brothers in Blood?

I was a bit dubious about getting book 13(!) of Cato and Macro's adventures on Audible. I have read all the others and, to be honest, the last couple had not quite reached the levels of the first two. I am very happy to say that Simon Scarrow, with Jonathan Keeble's narration has convinced me otherwise. The spying/espionage bit is still in the story but takes second place to some excellent battle scenes and some surprising fears for Cato.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Brothers in Blood?

Breaking into the hill fort/palace has to be a high point.

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

This was the first time. I thought he really contributed to the story.

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

'Citadel'

Any additional comments?

How long to the next installment?

Worst listen so far!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-14

What disappointed you about Soldier of Rome?

I love historical fiction (Bernard Cornwell, Simon Scarrow etc) and have been very lucky so far with those I have bought from Audible. I started with really high expectations for this but Soldier of Rome disappointed me. The author switches between modern and 'Shakespear' English which breaks up the narration and some of the historical background is doubtful. I was certainly under the impression that the rank 'of 'Sergeant' is relatively modern but the legion seems packed with them and it doesn't work for me.

The narration also gave me problems. This is the first book I've heard done by Nigel Patterson and I can imagine how difficult it is to get a dramatic flow going when the source material you are reading from is poor but Nigel's voice just seemed too forced, often I felt with emphasis in the wrong places.

Has Soldier of Rome put you off other books in this genre?

Not at all. I would pay more attention to listening to samples beforehand though.

How could the performance have been better?

It needed a more authorive, deeper voice in my view. Nigel's just came across as too bubbly.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and confusion.

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