The Man with Two Names: A Novel of Ancient Rome

  • by Vincent Davis
  • Narrated by Tom Weitzel, Punch Audio
  • 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Is it better to be a bad man and accomplish great things, or be a great man and accomplish nothing?"
Quintus Sertorius has spent the first 20 years of his life training horses on his family farm, but this must end when his father dies and his village's political connections to Rome are severed. For the sake of his family, Quintus must leave his village for the Eternal City.
If he succeeds, his people will be fed. If he fails, his people will starve.
He begins his political career under the most influential men in Rome, but soon discovers that those in the Senate are less inclined to help him than he had hoped. His journey takes him from the corrupt and treacherous Forum to the deadly forests of Gaul, making powerful friends and enemies along the way.
But it will take more than allies to succeed. He will have to decide what compromises he is willing to make, and what risks he is willing to take, if he is to secure a future for himself and his people.


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Narrator Was Miscast

This book could have been much more enjoyable if the narrator's voice wasn't monotonous and if it did not sound as if he was a San Fernando Valley native. It was a distraction to the story such that I would pass upon any other book he has narrated. As for the story, it was only moderately interesting with little character development beyond the main two characters. Without giving away the ending, I was surprised when it arrived and felt like the author simply became tired and stopped writing.
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felt too modern sometimes

I really love Roman military audiobooks. I have listened to so many of them. Many use modern military idioms to fill in for what we don't know about life in the Roman army. For my tastes this audiobook goes too far with that styling. Gaius Marius is transformed into a stereotypical Vietnam general and I often forgot that we were talking about Roman military matters rather than modern. This is heightened for me by the strong American accent utilized by the performer for some of the characters. I found that it really ruined the book for me. Some how the American twang is more difficult for me to suspend my disbelief around than the oft used British accents of the Simon Scarrow eagles series or I Claudius. I suggest a more neutral performance could improve this book immensely.

I loved the protagonist that was chosen and look forward to hearing more about the life of Sertorius in future instalments.
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- Daniel Kline

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-18-2017
  • Publisher: Thirteenth Press