The Far Arena

  • by Richard Ben Sapir
  • Narrated by Peter Noble
  • 18 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

While conducting exploration in the frozen Arctic, Texan Lew McCardle, a geologist working for the Houghton Oil company, discovers something remarkable: a body encased in the ice. More remarkable still, the skills of Russian researcher Semyon Petrovitch bring the man miraculously back to life.
This strange visitor from the distant past has an amazing story to tell. Translated from his native Latin by Nordic nun Olava, Lucius Aurelius Eugenianus reveals that in the era of Domitian he was a champion in the Roman Colosseum, a gladiator known far and wide as the greatest of all time.
An ingenious amalgam of science fiction, fantasy, and history, Richard Ben Sapir's The Far Arena is a breathtaking work of literary invention, at once thrilling, poignant, and thought provoking.

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classic Favorite doesn't disappoint

worried book would feel "dated" but it didn't. once in the story could not put it down. the narrator at first I wondered about but he is a skillful reader and I didn't need to worry. loved the book when it came out and loved the audible now. highly recommend.
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- Amazon Customer

A great disappointment

I have been trying to understand why this book was such a disappointment for me. The story should have been interesting - an ancient Roman, frozen in ice, is revived in our present world, and all of those involved, the Roman, the doctor who revived him, the man who found him and the translator, must deal with the ramifications. Add to that the story of the Roman, his life, his loves and how he came to be frozen, and the book offered great opportunities for the author to explore and discuss the human condition.

In fairness the author knows a great deal about ancient Rome and everything he wrote about Rome and how this ancient man tries to deal with the modern world, rings true. The plight of those involved in trying to deal with a situation never before encountered also seems real but, in the end, I found I just did not care about any of the characters. As accurate as the descriptions felt, as realistic as I thought the Roman’s actions to be, nothing made me care about any of the people and, at the end of the book, instead of wondering what happened to those still involved with the Roman, my first thought was that I was glad the book was finished, but sorry for the loss of time in listening to it.

The narration is excellent, one of the best I have heard, but I was left not caring about Lou, the geologist who found him, Semyon, the doctor who revived him, Ola, the translator or the Roman himself.
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- Mike From Mesa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-06-2016
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC