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Would you try another book from Douglas Jackson and/or Russell Boulter?
I've listened with pleasure to other books by Jackson but was disappointed by this one.
Has Caligula turned you off from other books in this genre?
No, not really. I like historical fiction, especially about ancient Rome.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
Boulter narrates with an up and down cadence which he sometimes overdoes. But generally I liked it.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment. If you're interested in the story of the Roman Emperor Caligula, don't buy this book. Caligula is only present in the background of the main story about a boy and an elephant.
Any additional comments?
I'm hoping to see better historical fiction by Jackson.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful
I love historic novels and especially ones about either UK kings and princes or Roman emperors. This was a fine book by Douglas Jackson but what bothered me was that it was quite cruel, which is off course historically accurate, Caligula was not a cuddly man, but it was sometimes a bit too vividly described for my taste. I sometimes felt I was one of the spectators in the arena - and could almost smell the blood, which made me a bit queasy. This is also the strength of the book though, so if you have a strong stomach (especially to hurdle the first chapters, it gets better afterwards) its definitely a good listen.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The narrator was very good and his characterisation was brilliant. The story was wonderfully tense and a completely different perspective from the usual novels I've read set in the Roman era. There are some very graphic, and quite disturbing scenes but they are skillfully handled and are not out of place. The character of the elephant was also very well done, you got a real sense of her presence and there was no schmaltzy sentimentality as can sometimes occur in stories where animals are a main character in the story. The famous figures are also well painted and you get a sense of the sometimes benevolent, vulnerable and often brutally irrational Caligula.