Nero's Killing Machine

  • by Stephen Dando-Collins
  • Narrated by Robert Fass
  • 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, History, 2014
The 14th Gemina Martia Victrix Legion was the most celebrated unit of the early Roman Empire - a force that had been wiped out under Julius Caesar, reformed, and almost wiped out again. After participating in the a.d. 43 invasion of Britain, the 14th Legion achieved its greatest glory when it put down the famous rebellion of the Britons under Boudicca. Numbering less than 10,000 men, the disciplined Roman killing machine defeated 230,000 rampaging rebels, slaughtering 80,000 with only 400 Roman losses - an accomplishment that led the emperor Nero to honor the legion with the title "Conqueror of Britain."
In this gripping book, second in the author’s definitive histories of the legions of ancient Rome, Stephen Dando-Collins brings the 14th Legion to life, offering military history aficionados a unique soldier’s-eye view of their tactics, campaigns, and battles.


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Read anything by this author. His books are excellent and full of detail.

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- Norbert S. Matson


Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, unless you want to hear an entire textbook devoted to the ancient Romans. If only I had looked closer and noticed that it was non-fiction. The author kept repeating over and over things he had already covered. It was difficult to follow this book because the author would go on wild tangents on the way to explaining the subject. By the time he did finally get there I had forgotten so much that it was not fun anymore.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Queen Boudica. She lead an army and they accepted her even though she was a woman leader which was frowned upon at that time.

Have you listened to any of Robert Fass’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't think so but he is a very good narrator and I wouldn't mind listening to him again.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe. Hollywood would have to dress it up a bit and not try to cover so much history as was the case with this book. I loved HBO's Rome and Gladiator so I would welcome any movie featuring Roman soldiers with their little skirts and red capes.

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- Carol

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-18-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios