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  • EMPEROR: The Gates of Rome, Book 1 (Unabridged)

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 704

On a small estate just outside Rome in the first century BC, two boys become blood brothers, little imagining the extraordinary future that lies before them. As friends and rivals, Gaius and Marcus are destined to find lasting fame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb but there is an issue

  • By Anonymous User on 02-01-19

Superb but there is an issue

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

This is an outstanding listen, the storyline and narration are simply brilliant. HOWEVER....... If i had known how the series would deteriorate i would not have immediately invested in all of the installments. The storyline continues to be superb until the 5th installment when it cuts out too much of history and feels as if it was written just for the sake of it rather than being a planned part of the series. That is not the worst part however. The first two books are narrated by the same person superbly, the next two installments are then narrated horrifically in comparison with different pronunciation of names, places, troop types etc etc. The 5th instalment is narrated by someone else.... again its terrible. Names change yet again, troop types change and to be perfectly honest the monotone delivery makes it boring!!!
Due to this i would recommend buying the books rather than listening to the full series because you will be disappointed, not by the storyline, but by the inconsistent and sometimes horrific, tedious and mind numbing narration.

81 of 85 people found this review helpful

  • War at the Edge of the World

  • By: Ian Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Once a soldier in an elite legion from the Danube, Aurelius Castus believes his glory days are over, stuck in Britain's provincial backwater. But history is about to take a hand and when the king of the Picts, the savage people beyond Hadrian's Wall, dies in mysterious circumstances, Castus is selected to command the bodyguard of a Roman envoy sent to negotiate with the barbarians. But the diplomatic mission ends in bloody tragedy…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • solid story, good action

  • By john cb on 24-09-15

Rivals the best in this genre

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

Reviewed: 22-11-18

I am new to the works of Ian Ross and this won’t be the last of his works I “read”. This is up there with Bernard Cornwell, Simon Scarrow and Robert Fabbri. From start to finish it was excellent. You feel a sense of attachment to the main character and want to know where the story takes him! The narration by Jonathan Keeble is as amazing as ever, (in my opinion the best narrator in this genre by a country mile). I will be downloading the next book immediately!

  • War of the Wolf

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541

Uhtred of Bebbanburg has won back his ancestral home, but, threatened from all sides by enemies both old and new, he doesn’t have long to enjoy the victory. In Mercia, rebellion is in the air as King Edward tries to seize control. In Wessex, rival parties scramble to settle on the identity of the next king. And across the country, invading Norsemen continue their relentless incursion, ever hungry for land.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audible got this very wrong

  • By Amazon Customer on 26-10-18

When is the next one coming??!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

I have been waiting with bated breath for the latest addition to this outstanding series and in all honesty I could not put this down. As with all the previous instalments this one leaves you wanting more, brilliant again from Bernard Cornwell.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful