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Wolf's Empire Audiobook

Wolf's Empire: Gladiator 

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In the Galactic Roman Empire, eight noble houses fight for power. One gladiator fights for justice. This is Wolf's Empire: Gladiator, by Claudia Christian and Morgan Grant Buchanan.

When her mother and brother are murdered, young noblewoman Accala Viridius cries out for vengeance. But the empire is being torn apart by a galactic civil war, and her demands fall on deaf ears. Undeterred, Accala sacrifices privilege and status to train as a common gladiator. Mastering the one weapon available to her - a razor-sharp discus that always returns when thrown - she enters the deadly imperial games, the only arena where she can face her enemies.

But Fortune's wheel grants Accala no favors. The emperor decrees that the games will be used to settle the civil war, the indigenous lifeforms of the arena world are staging a violent revolt, and Accala finds herself drugged, cast into slavery, and forced to fight on the side of the men she set out to kill.

Set in a future Rome that never fell but instead expanded to become a galaxy-spanning empire, Accala's struggle to survive and exact her revenge will take her on a dark journey that will cost her more than she ever imagined.

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without digital rights management (DRM) software applied.

©2016 Claudia Christian and Morgan Grant Buchanan (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    Miss DePlume England 10/04/2017
    Miss DePlume England 10/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Unusual Concept - Action-Packed - Highly Recommend"

    I'll admit it, I initially thought the concept was naff. But having just devoured all of Babylon 5 I was excited to see what Claudia Christian came up with - admittedly I was previously totally unfamiliar with Morgan Grant Buchanan.

    We picked this audiobook to be our "commute" listen for the car. After months of listening to another rather tedious fantasy novel we wanted something fun and sci fi.

    If you like twists and turns, fight scenes, drugs, sex, seeing your heroes put through the wringer, characters going through 360's - Wolf's Empire has ALL of that. Accala is arguably one of the more beat-up characters I've ever read or listened to. She also goes through more character development than most. Forced between a rock and a hard place and none of her choices are any good. How she could survive, well, you'll just have to listen to find out if she does. There are cheesy moments, and some salty talk - and at times some positively brutal fights. I cannot fault Claudia's performance, either.

    I went from thinking "Ok this will be corny, but let's see if it's fun!" to "Actually, I really like this story." Claudia Christian tweeted recently that she and Morgan Grant Buchanan are teaming up for another book and I will definitely be grabbing that one, too!

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    Tarjinder 27/12/2016
    Tarjinder 27/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "wolfs empire"

    the idea of a roman space empire is interesting but this is about 21 hours too long most of it was obvious waffle it is a terrible book

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  • James Coghlan
    25/05/17
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    "Ummm...Unexpectedly Awesome"

    I chanced on this book by recommendation and can not believe that it remains relatively innate as far as popularity goes. Adjectives: New, Original, Captivating, Exciting, Believable, Accurate, relevant, etc.
    I loved it! As an Audible Sci Fi junkie (I travel a lot) I would recommend this among my top 3 out of over 100 listened in the past 2 years.
    I looked up Claudia Christian and am amazed that her narration is not more common. She is a veteran Sci Fi actor as well as the voice of a plethora of animated movies. I want more!

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  • D. Campbell
    Dallas, TX USA
    22/02/17
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    "Wonderful performance, weak characters"
    What would have made Wolf's Empire better?

    The plot would have been less shaky if the characters were less shallow. If you give the author the benefit of a doubt and presume that the main character acts and thinks the way she does because of her addiction or a weak willed person with ADD, then the main character is a creditable job.<br/>I spent the last 60% of the book frustrated and a bit mad that the main character could not seem to maintain her course or reasons for pursuing it more than a chapter or so. Between that and the way, during combat scenes most frequently, one action that followed another would have been physically or anatomically impossible to perform, I did not enjoy the book.<br/>If Wolf's EmpireGladiator was a $2-4 audio book, these lapses would have been forgivable. As it stands, I plan on skipping any other books by this author that are not touted as being excellent by the masses. Claudia Christian's performance was quite good.


    Has Wolf's Empire turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. There are many other books that go down the 'what if X had happened at Y point in time' that just one failure wouldn't cure me of my interest in it.


    What about Claudia Christian’s performance did you like?

    Her voice inflections gave a good solid break from one character to another so that I did not lose track of who was doing or saying what which sometimes plagues this format. I quite enjoyed the performance.


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

    Frustration.


    Any additional comments?

    If this book is ever on sale for less than $5 and you really like the Roman setting in sci-fi, you might give it a shot. Till such comes to be, I would pass on this book because I can think of at least 2 other series that are alt-history sci-fi or fantasy/sci-fi which are leagues beyond this work. This is just my opinion though.

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  • John F. Melka
    Elgin, IL USA
    30/10/16
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    "Enjoy yourself!"

    This book is a delightful form of the historical "what if" format. In the vein of The Man in the High Castle. The authors spent enough time understanding the Roman Empire to catapult it into the interstellar future. This makes for a formidable combination when combined with Ms. Christian's acting ability as narrator, makes for a delightful experience. Here's to a first of many. Bravo!

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  • Hans Sassenfeld
    El Paso, TX
    15/12/16
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    "Excellent first audio book"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book and Claudia Christian's performance. The story is original and by linking it to existing Roman stories help pull me into the story line. I could have used a list of characters at the start to help sort out the characters as I am not good with names. I was sad to see the story end, it seemed to go by so quickly. Just really enjoyable, thanks!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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