• Quo Vadis

  • A Narrative of the Time of Nero
  • By: Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 22 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-13-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (104 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Written over a century ago and translated into over 50 languages, this masterpiece of historical fiction is one of the best-selling novels in history and the inspiration for the MGM motion picture of 1951. An epic of love and courage in Nero's time, it illustrates the conflict of moral ideas within the Roman Empire at the dawn of Christianity.Marcus, a Roman officer in Nero's army, risks his career, his family, and even his life when he falls in love with a Christian woman named Callina. In order to win Callina's love, Marcus must come to understand the true meaning of her religion, even as Rome sinks under the excesses of Nero and Christians are thrown to the lions. Quo Vadis brims with passion and life as it explores one of the turning points in history.
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5 out of 5 stars
By TruckerOlli on 12-02-10

loved every word

I don't understand some of the other reviews ! Not only is Frederick Davidson THE best narrator on Audible he also does a perfect job in reading this book. There can be hardly anything said about the story for it is known to most of us, and may it even be from the picture made in in the 60ies, starring the unforgetable Sir Peter Ustinov. The criticism about the "ancient ttranslation" is not very well founded. Sure, there are a lot of "thou" and "thee" but this makes the story more interesting and does not affect the fluency of the book. I read this book many years ago and this "audio delicasy" brought back old memories. All in all it was extremely enjoyable listening to this great tale.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Douglas on 10-08-11

Great Christian Classic

If you liked Ben Hur and The Robe and have the patience to read something above the eighth grade level (that is to say, something with high level language, extensive explication of historical setting and surroundings, and slow but sure character development), you will like Quo Vadis. It will remind you a lot of The Robe in its theme and development, but it is a fine classic in its own right.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Chamqvist on 07-15-15

terrible narrator!

after two hours I could not stand his voice any more and quit the book

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazonian on 04-12-18

An epic story lumbered by an insufferable narrator

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Quo Vadis is a splendid story of epic scope, ambition and achievement, surely the tipping point and crowning glory in Henryk Sienkiewicz’ Nobel Prize for Literature… but Audible’s offering is fatally lumbered by the insufferable narrator! Frederick Davidson’s delivery is so camp and inappropriate it becomes offensive and disrespectful. Like other very perceptive listeners have commented, “his performance was stilted and lacked nuance. For example, Lygia was always breathless and Peter sounded like Dracula” “…the narrator speaks with an uber-upper class British accent that, combined with the archaic language, turns the characters into snobs and drama queens.” I couldn’t agree more. Davidson’s delivery has aged very ungracefully – it probably sounded OK forty, fifty years ago, but to us today it is too pompous, forced and arrogant. This is a crime because Quo Vadis is one of the greatest epic novels ever written– please, Audible or someone, bury this version forever and get a modern actor with more brains, better range, sensitivity and respect to record this magnificent text!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-08-17

A masterpiece

Frederick Davidson is the only reader worthy of such a classic. I am ashamed that I had not "read" this book until now.

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