The Roman Empire
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  • 1
    Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire | Ruth Downie

    Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (141)
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    (129)
    Story
    (125)

    Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. After a 36-hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner. And before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar.

    I'm hoping a successor to Falco!

    I've been a Falco fan since I first heard the dramatisations of the earlier books on Radio 4 with Anton Lesser (available on Audible, like the whole b..Show More »

    Reviewed on 18 October 2016 by Mary Carnegie (UK)
  • 2
    Terra Incognita: A Novel of the Roman Empire | Ruth Downie

    Terra Incognita: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    The edge of the Roman Empire is a volatile place; the tribes of the North dwell near its borders. These hinterlands are the homeland of Gaius Petreius Ruso's slave, Tilla, who has scores of her own to settle there: Her tribespeople, under the leadership of the mysterious Stag Man, are fomenting a rebellion, and her former lover is implicated in the murder of a soldier. Ruso, once again pulled into a murder investigation, is appalled to find that Tilla is still spending time with the prime suspect.

    Accent?

    My only problem is, what seems to be the choice of the vaugely Northern Irish accent for the northern Britons. Seems a very odd choice. other than th..Show More »

    Reviewed on 21 October 2017 by Cate toward (UK)
  • 3
    Persona Non Grata: A Novel of the Roman Empire | Ruth Downie

    Persona Non Grata: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    At long last, Gaius Petreius Ruso and his companion, Tilla, are headed home - to Gaul. Having received a note consisting only of the words "COME HOME!" Ruso has (reluctantly, of course) pulled up stakes and brought Tilla to meet his family. But the reception there is not what Ruso has hoped for: no one will admit to sending for him, and his brother Lucius is hoping he'll leave.

    Festina lente

    This is a story that is slow to build. Ruso and Tilla return to his family home. A letter and a broken foot sends Ruso into the stifling summer heat ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 03 December 2016 by Rogayah (Reading, United Kingdom)
  • 4
    Caveat Emptor: A Novel of the Roman Empire | Ruth Downie

    Caveat Emptor: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Ruso and Tilla, now newlyweds, have moved back to Britannia, where Ruso's old friend and colleague Valens has promised to help him find work. But it isn't the kind of work he'd had in mind - Ruso is tasked with hunting down a missing tax man named Julius Asper. Of course, there's also something else missing: money. And the council of the town of Verulamium is bickering over what's become of it. Compelled to delve deeper by a threat from his old sparring partner, Metellus, Ruso discovers that the good townsfolk may not be as loyal to Rome as they like to appear.

    Russo gets in it deeper and deeper.

    I haven't read the print version, so can't compare the two.

    Reviewed on 04 July 2017 by Debbie Rowe ()
  • 5
    Semper Fidelis: A Novel of the Roman Empire | Ruth Downie

    Semper Fidelis: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
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    As mysterious injuries, and even deaths, begin to appear in the medical ledgers, it's clear that all is not well amongst the native recruits to Britannia's imperial army. Is the much-decorated centurion Geminus preying on his weaker soldiers? And could this be related to the appearance of Emperor Hadrian? Bound by his sense of duty and ill-advised curiosity, Ruso begins to ask questions nobody wants to hear. Meanwhile his barbarian wife Tilla is finding out some of the answers....

    Good historical detail.

    Yes, I have listened to it twice because I enjoy listening about Russo struggles again humanity.

    Reviewed on 17 August 2017 by Debbie Rowe ()
  • 6
    Tabula Rasa: Roman Empire Series, Book 6 | Ruth Downie

    Tabula Rasa: Roman Empire Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    The medicus Ruso and his wife, Tilla, are back in the borderlands of Britannia, this time helping to tend the builders of Hadrian's Great Wall. Having been forced to move off their land, the Britons are distinctly on edge. Then Ruso's recently arrived clerk, Candidus, goes missing. A native boy thinks he sees a body being hidden inside the wall's half-finished stonework, and a worrying rumor begins to spread. When soldiers ransack the nearby farms looking for Candidus, Tilla's tentative friendship with a local family turns to anger and disappointment.

    Throughly enjoyable

    I cannot recommend this audio book highly enough. I am a big fan of Ruth Downie and her Ruso series. Thrilled to get this on audio. Thank you Ruth Dow..Show More »

    Reviewed on 24 March 2017 by Adrian (Hitchin, United Kingdom)
  • 7
    Vita Brevis: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire: Medicus, Book 7 | Ruth Downie

    Vita Brevis: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire: Medicus, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Ruso and Tilla's excitement at arriving in Rome with their new baby daughter is soon dulled by their discovery that the grand facades of polished marble mask an underworld of corrupt landlords and vermin-infested tenements. There are also far too many doctors - some skilled - but others positively dangerous.

    Same high level of quality characters & story

    Atmospheric, endearing & intriguing

    Reviewed on 16 August 2017 by Debbie Rowe ()