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If you could sum up Spartacus: The Gladiator in three words, what would they be?
Unforgettable, legendary story!
What did you like best about this story?
I read several books about Spartacus: 1969 Spartacus by Rafaello Giovagnoli, historical facts and Spartacus: The Gladiator, Spartacus: The Rebellion. The best part of this story is that it does not destroy the already formed vision of the hero nor the history or battles. The author managed to present Spartacus in much more powerful character yet, preserved his gentle and human side. Throughout the book the author made me feel like I was Spartacus (not that I would not like to be). I lived his each and every moment, fought all battles and shouted along (For Thrace!!!!!!!) while driving my car. The story is truly amazing!
Have you listened to any of Michael Praed’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I listened the next book about Spartacus and equally loved it.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Interestingly, NO! Why?! Because I enjoyed taking pauses and replaying the completed part of the story in my mind. I wondered what could have happen if his decisions and those of his brothers in arms were different. Things like that.
Any additional comments?
Before reading this book, please, make a little research about Rome, its army and the history of the gladiators. Take a map of Italy and make a note of several cities. Look at the history of Hanibal Barca and his crossing of the Alps. It will help you to understand the book much better.
Loved this book. Its a bit too long for my taste though. 17 hrs is long. None the less, it was fun.
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I do love the way this author writes. As a fan of Roman military history, listening to this book was the closest thing I will ever experience to the real thing.... for anyone who wishes that they could go back in history and witness history changing events, this book and this author's writing are a must.