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This was my first Ben Kane novel, ( at the start f the year I listened to the complete "Emperor" series, 4 novels by Conn Iggulden, so I am comparing Kane to Igguldon as a frame of reference) and there are many things to like. The idea to tell the story of Hannibal through the eyes/stories of young soldiers was an interesting ( and good) choice; the narration ( Michael Praed) is excellent; the Catheragian story as engaging as Rome ( and instructive, as most of the novels these days are about Rome). If I have a criticism, it is that the actual battle descriptions ( both leading up to and the actual battle) are somewhat difficult to follow by listening, as opposed to reading ( with assistance of maps). Otherwise, worth the credit. I will purchase " Sparticus" by the same author and narrator
Having read the 3 book eagle series by Ben Kane I was keen to try his lasted
An interesting start showing different sides of Roman life, how a high born man can accidentally become a slave of Rome.
Pretty good book overall, just need to see the next and I trust it will be just as good a listen.
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Narration is excellent my favourite by far! I always look for him when listening to audio books. Great tale as well!
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If you could sum up Hannibal: Enemy of Rome in three words, what would they be?
Fast-paced, engaging, perfect.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The battle scenes - descriptively written and read magnificently with such expression, making you feel like you are there, in the midst of the battle with the soldiers.
Any additional comments?
Highly recommend for those who love adventure books mixed with a historic account of Hannibal's attack on Rome. Can't wait to hear/read the others in this series. Amazingly written and read equally well.