The Rise of Zenobia : Overlord

  • by JD Smith
  • Narrated by Paul Hodgson
  • Series: Overlord
  • 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

My name is Zabdas: once a slave; now a warrior, grandfather and servant. I call Syria home. I shall tell you the story of my Zenobia: Warrior Queen of Palmyra, Protector of the East, Conqueror of Desert Lands …
The Roman Empire is close to collapse. Odenathus of Palmyra holds the Syrian frontier and its vital trade routes against Persian invasion. A client king in a forgotten land, starved of reinforcements, Odenathus calls upon an old friend, Julius, to face an older enemy: the Tanukh.
Julius believes Syria should break free of Rome and declare independence. But his daughter's beliefs are stronger still. Zenobia is determined to realise her father's dream.
And turn traitor to Rome ...

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Bringing the past to life through audio

Would you consider the audio edition of The Rise of Zenobia to be better than the print version?

I have read and loved the print version of this book also, and have to say the audio adaptation really took the story to another level. I think the narrator did a brilliant job with the characters. The voices were just as I had imagined them in my head. And listening to the book, rather than reading it, seemed to transport me to the location.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Bamdad! The voice was wonderful, and although he was probably my favourite character when I read the book, I was delighted with the narrator's handling of him. Brilliant!


What does Paul Hodgson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think because for me you listen to longer spells of the story - maybe in the car or on a train journey - than I would if I read - you become much more involved and immersed in the story. The characters become real. I do feel with this kind of historical fiction, audio is a fantastic choice.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed at a lot of Bamdad's parts!


Any additional comments?

Can't recommend this highly enough, the marriage of a talented writer and equally talented narrator has resulted in a real joy here.

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- Gilly

PALMYRA !!!! and Rome….. and even the Persians...

This is marvelous historical fiction. Highly recommended for history buffs, not to mention those of us who never got to see Palmyra before ISIS reduced her ruins to total rubble. I must add that in addition to loving the writing, I enjoyed the narrator very much, and the only reason he didn't get a 5 instead of a 4 is because of the Scottish accent he used for a Syrian. Otherwise, a truly grand listen.
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- Cinders

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-02-2014
  • Publisher: JD Smith