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  • SPQR

  • A History of Ancient Rome
  • By: Mary Beard
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257

Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and erudite

  • By Mr. D on 01-12-15

Interesting and erudite

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

What made the experience of listening to SPQR the most enjoyable?

Mary Beard is one of our leading Classical scholars and yet this is a very entertaining and readable (or listenable) book. Rather than being a flighty survey of the period, Beard provides an accessible, clear and interesting broad account of Rome without watering it down.

What was one of the most memorable moments of SPQR?

Beard's use of recent scholarship within a solid survey of the period.

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

Pompeii by Mary Beard. Another fine performance.

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

Probably not - you would want to dip into this and reflect before moving onto the next chapter in order not to be overwhelmed by the depth of the text.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,895

My name is Peter Grant and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 30-06-15

So good I bought all the rest of the audios before I had even finished listening to this one.

  • The Aeneid of Virgil

  • By: Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vandiver
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

The Aeneid is the great national epic of ancient Rome, and one of the most important works of literature ever written. And with Professor Vandiver's 12 instructive lectures, you'll enter fully into the gripping tale that Virgil tells. Join Aeneas on his long journey west from ruined Troy to the founding of a new nation in Italy, and see how he weaves a rich network of compelling human themes. Your encounter with the Aeneid focuses on careful, detailed examinations of the epic's background, main themes, and significant episodes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and lucid series of lectures

  • By Mr. D on 10-01-15

Excellent and lucid series of lectures

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

Whether you are about to read or have read the Aeneid, Vandiver's accessible and scholarly lectures really bring out Virgil's epic.
Her delivery is measured with light humour and an excellent reading voice.
These lectures have made me re-read the Aeneid and I have done so with added pleasure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Prince of Mist

  • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Max Carver's father - a watchmaker and inventor - decides to move his family to a small town on the Atlantic coast, to a house built for a prestigious surgeon, Dr Richard Fleischmann and his wife, that was abandoned when the couple's son drowned in a tragic accident. Behind the house, Max spies an overgrown garden full of statues surrounded by a metal fence topped with a six-pointed star....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant and a little unnerving

  • By RMS on 15-11-16

Perfect for a journey

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Put this on during a school trip with a 5 hour journey - my S2 pupils were enthralled by the story (to my surprise), as was I.

Looking forward to more of his books for children being translated into English.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Passage

  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381

Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old, and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world. She is.... Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.... He's wrong. FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.... It is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • long and absorbing

  • By Tom on 20-07-10

Post-apocalyptic drama

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Cronin brings together a wide variety of inspiration (some name-checked in the paperback), from The Handmaid's Tale to the Stand to create his vision of a post-viral world.