• EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged)

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Paul Blake
  • Series: Emperor, Book 3
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-12-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (392 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Julius Caesar has taken his legions north into mighty battles with the Gallic tribes. But as his successes mount, overwhelming ambition and new alliances begin to threaten his friendship with Marcus Brutus, brother-in-arms and fellow warrior. Although the conquest of Gaul has made Caesar a hero all over again, his victories on the battlefield cause still more rivalries at home. And ultimately Caesar and Brutus will have to choose whether to cross the Rubicon - together or singly - and to take the fight to Rome itself.
©2005 Conn Iggulden (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Danny on 01-09-13

How To Ruin a Good Story

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Emperor?

The frustration at such appalling narration.

Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Blake’s performances?


Could you see Emperor being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Its been done.

Any additional comments?

I REALLY enjoyed the first two volumes of this series, narrated by the excellent Robert Glenister. Eagerly, I purchased volume 3, despite some minor concerns about the change of narrator. Quickly it became apparent that I should have listened more carefully to my intuition. I was prepared for the changes in character voices; how could it be otherwise? But it got worse.Blake is enragingly frustrating in his insistence to mispronounce accepted character names. Servilia becomes "Sir Whillia"; Pompey becomes "Pompeii"; Cato becomes "Carto"; Octavian, "Octarwhian" and Catiline becomes "Carterline and then, within the space of a single paragraph, "Carterleenie". Its astounding that Blake has not yet (I haven't managed to get to the end of the story) found bizarre and previously unheard pronunciations of Caesar and Brutus.Here's advice for future consumers who have the choice: listen to and love the first two volumes of this excellent series - thereafter, buy the books.

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14 of 14 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Colleen S. Wallace on 04-10-12

Great story, annoying read

Would you listen to Emperor again? Why?

Yes, the story is good

What didn’t you like about Paul Blake’s performance?

I HATED the narrator's performance. He has an annoying habit of mispronouncing certain of the character's names; for instance, Octavian becomes Oc-tay-wee-un, Servililia becomes Ser-will-ee-ah, Cicero becomes Kickero. At first I thought he had a lisp until I noticed he could pronounce the V in victory. By his logic, Caesar sould have been pronounced Keeser but he did not pronounce it that way. What gives? It was very jarring and even in the last few minutes of the book I was still fuming at each mispronounciation, wondering why the producer did not correct this in the beginning.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By Alex on 09-12-10

Extra word on previous review

As the first reviewer said there is a real culture shock if you have listened to the first two in the four part series read by Robert Glenister, one of the well know acting brothers, and then move on to part 3 read by Paul Blake. The narrator has a speech impediment, nothing to be done about that, but unfortunately it makes it sound like a parody of the first two, like Michael Palin in Life Of Brian. I persevered but found my mind wandering every time the seemingly joke voice said one of the character names. It didn't get any better and it was the same in the fourth book in the series.

As well as the speech impediment, and the way he changed the pronunciations of the names from what seem the obvious way to read them, the narrator has the habit of forgetting which voice he is in. In the fourth book there is a scene of a female character looking at herself in a mirror and bemoaning the ravages of time. The way it is read is like a general making a speech to his troops on the eve of battle. Not at all suited to the material, and unfortunately this is a regular occurrence

My guess is the publisher couldn't get, or maybe afford, Robert Glenister to do 3 and 4 but I feel they could have done much better in their half time substitute. Like the previous reviewer I was very disappointed after a great first half and I would advise caution on the part of anyone considering parts three and four. The narration really does spoil good books.

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18 of 19 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Tumpline on 12-28-10

Excellent despite poor narration

Being the third book in the series of four, this wonderful story was spoiled somewhat by a change of narrator from the first two parts. I gave the first two books a 5 star rating, due in no small part to the efforts of the narrator Robert Glenister. This new narrator appeared hell bent on changing Glenister's pronunciation of names (erroneously in my opinion) and made little or no attempt at different voices to distinguish the characters. It says a lot for the quality of Mr Iggulden's writing that I made it through to the end.

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15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Won on 11-05-15

Change of Narrator Mid Series Not a Good Idea...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

We as readers, understand there there are certain historical inaccuracies in the narrative (to add to the drama) so why would they bother to attempt to make the names historically accurate given a precedence established in two prior books in the series?

Why, given as this is now the third book in the series, did they bother to change the pronunciation of names, Sevillia to Serwilia or Octavian to Octahwian and the continual use of the soft C for Cicero as Kikero not the usual pronunciation of hard C sounding Sisero. Ariowistus??

Was this a narrator choice or a production choice to make a majority of the names sound like old vaudeville jokes. I can understand trying to give some validity to the ancient Latin pronunciation of the letter V but given that the names had already been established in the previous books and current pronunciation in the world in general is to use the V as we do now not as a W, it just proved to ruin the narration

If the producers of this reading wanted to use REAL Roman names they should have used Octavianus not Octavian. If they wanted to use the real Latin pronunciation of Julius, they should have made it sound as it was.. Iulius Kaisahr (YOO-lee-us Kye-sahr).

What didn’t you like about Paul Blake’s performance?

Given the previous brilliant readings Book 1 and Book 2, I am at a loss to understand why they changed narrators for Book 3, and in doing so, why the narrator of this book (possibly under producers direction) seemed to change the past intensity of the readings to be a breathless rushing through the book/narration

Any additional comments?


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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 03-08-16

Not as good as 1 and 2

The overall story wasn't as engaging. The narrator didn't help as he pronounced many names differently and also I didn't like his the way he read with big in-takes of breath.

I'm going to continue on with the series but I'd like the narrator from books one and two back.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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