• EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged)

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Michael Healy
  • Series: Emperor, Book 5
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-17-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (48 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Julius Caesar has been assassinated. A nation is in mourning. Revenge will be bloody... Rome's great hero has been brutally murdered by his most trusted allies. While these self-appointed Liberatores seek refuge in the senate, they have underestimated one man: Caesar's adopted son Octavian, a man whose name will echo through history as Augustus Caesar.
Uniting with his great rival Mark Antony, Octavian will stop at nothing to seek retribution and avenge his father's death. His greatest hatred is reserved for Brutus, Caesar's childhood friend and greatest ally, now leader of the conspirators. As the people take to the streets of Rome, the Liberatores must face their fate. Some flee the city; others will not escape mob justice. Not a single one will die a natural death. And the reckoning will come for Brutus on the sweeping battlefield at Philippi.
The epic fifth novel in Conn Iggulden's bestselling 'Emperor' series.
©2013 Conn Iggulden (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Fredrik Pettersen on 10-07-13

Terrible narrator made me wince

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I'd recommend it to anyone who had read the previous books, or anyone wanting to jump in (as the death of Caesar makes a good starting point). However, I would NOT recommend this Audible version, as the narrator ruins the book completely.

What didn’t you like about Michael Healy’s performance?

Everything. It was terrible. But let me try to list my main objections:

- Healy has a strange lilt to his voice that is either an accent or terrible reading skills. The upshot is that every full stop, he lifts his voice the way you sometimes do when reading to young children.

- His reading pace hardly ever changes, meaning even in tense, action-packed moments, it's as if he's reading "My dog Spot" to a room of 5-year-olds.

- He doesn't differentiate between characters as far as I could tell, meaning that when one character interrupts another, it gets reeeeally confusing.

- I don't think he's read the book beforehand; Imagine how you'd say the sentence "I think I'd quite like a sandwich and a nice cup of tea". Now imagine Healy saying, in the exact same way "You're a disgrace to Rome!..." (the exclamation point silent), and then continuing, completely obliviously (and still just as ploddingly) "...shouted Octavian and slammed his fist into the table." The disconnect between how Iggulden claimed Octavian said it and how Healy reads it would be funny, if it wasn't ruining my book.

Any additional comments?

I had to finish this book in hard-copy. Worst narration I've experienced since "Rendezvous with Rama".

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Julian on 08-30-13

Get a narrator who knows a little history

What a wooden narration! Made worse by an obvious complete lack of knowledge of the subject matter which led to annoying miss-pronunciation of names & places. Please, Mr Iggulden - a good narrator is almost as important as you! Try Humphrey Bower to see how it is really done.

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3 out of 5 stars
By gary on 06-19-13

Terrible narration

What did you like best about EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged)? What did you like least?

The story was good. terrible narration, felt like pulling teeth

How could the performance have been better?

Different narrator

Was EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged) worth the listening time?

No, read the book instead

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16 of 16 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Des on 10-07-13

Narration made me wish for the Armies of Caeser

What would have made EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged) better?

For the narrator to have been tied down and forced to listen to his own steady destruction of a wonderful book

What was one of the most memorable moments of EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged)?

When the narrator pronounced Iggulden's name Ig-Gulden after 7 seconds - However, after 6 hrs and 39 minutes of the second part he gives in and pronounces the name correctly.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

By reading the book. The emphasis is all over the place and he sounds like a robot. There is NOTHING to redeem this terrible narration - Why oh why would ANYONE decide this farce is acceptable??

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged)?

Nothing - The story is perfect

Any additional comments?

Bring back crucifiction for the narrator and SHAME on Audible for charging a single denarius for this. I hope Conn Iggulden writes many more great books and never allows them to be mashed by this narrator again.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Victor on 05-29-17

Tethering on great but not quite there

I loved the other emperor books and waited many years for this one.

The final battle sounds like it was a difficult one to describe and detail. But the lack of detail of the fight was disappointing for me personally.

A lot of times there was not anything really going on, but felt like conn tried to get too much into too few pages and the result was little detail.
That said I did enjoy it and look for are to more

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5 out of 5 stars
By jordan on 05-25-17

Great Book

Brilliant story, amazingly written. It's a pity he didn't write one more book about what happened after the Battle of Philippi.

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