When a sacret woman's rite in the ancient city of Rome is infiltrated by a corrupt patrician dressed in female garb, it falls to Senator Decuis Caecilius Metellus the Younger, whose investigative skills have proven indispensable in the past, to unmask the perpetrators. When four brutal slayings follow, Decius enlists the help a notorious and dangerous criminal. Together, they establish a connection between the sacrilege and the murders, and track the offenders from the lowest dregs of society to the prominent elite of the upper class, finding corruption and violence where Decius least expects it.
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Different narrator, same ol' Decius
There are two frustrating events I find with literary series that are adapted to audiobook format: the wait for subsequent volumes to be released and the use of multiple narrators. I have experienced both with The SPQR series. I purchased the audiobook SPQR I in 2009, SPQR II in 2010. Two protracted, vacuous years later... the remainder of the series is released, with a different narrator.
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However, the entire series is now available on Audible. And both narrators are top notch and among my favorites.
Io accepta et grata mmutationis!
I truly enjoy Simon Vance's readings of I and II. The stories are written from the perspective of an elder Senator (Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger) reminiscing about the adventures of his youth. Vance's voice absolutely nails this. I have also grown to enjoy John Lee's narrations as well. SPQR III-XIII maintain the context of an aged Decius retelling his notorious exploits. John Lee's voice lends itself to the perception that events are unfolding as they are related, not many years past.
I feared this transition to the point of delaying my purchase of III, letting the book languish on my Wish List for several months. After listening to III with little or no difficulty accepting the new narrator, I now rapidly begin downloading the next in the series as I approach the last few chapters of my current read.
- Derek Partridge
Why Rome conquered the known world