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  • Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth

  • By: Robert Graves
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Robert Graves first came across the name of Roger Lamb in 1914, when he was an English officer instructing his platoon in regimental history. Lamb was a British soldier who had served his king during the American War of Independent, and whose claim to a footnote in history is that he managed to escape twice from American prison camps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful audiobook

  • By Rohan on 14-02-2018

A wonderful audiobook

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-02-2018

This story is both beautifully written and narrated. Unlike Graves' other historical novels, I had no background in this time period and was worried I wouldn't understand the setting of the American Civil War, but it's causes and importance are laid out in a clear and straightforward manner within the telling of the story. The story concerns a character who is rather caught up in events than directing them, and contains many fascinating anecdotes which really helps to understand the nature of the time period.

  • The Twelve Caesars

  • By: Suetonius
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
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    1 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

The Twelve Caesars was written based on the information of eyewitnesses and public records. It conveys a very accurate picture of court life in Rome and contains some of the raciest and most salacious material to be found in all of ancient literature. The writing is clear, simple and easy to understand, and the numerous anecdotes of juicy scandal, bitter court intrigue, and murderous brigandage easily hold their own against the most spirited content of today's tabloids.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unfortunately a Poor Translation Used

  • By Rohan on 14-02-2018

Unfortunately a Poor Translation Used

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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-02-2018

Just so people are aware, this audiobook uses the translation of Alexander Thompson. Previously there was an audiobook by the same company and even the same narrator (!) - though I've no idea whether it was available on audible - that used the Robert Graves translation. I suppose they either lost or couldn't afford the rights to it anymore and so came out with this instead. There are audiobooks out there with the Graves translation (such as the one already mentioned) - and that's the version of Suetonius I would recommend to people - though I see none are available through Audible at this time.

  • Count Belisarius

  • By: Robert Graves
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 19 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

The sixth-century Roman Empire is a dangerous place, threatened on all frontiers by invaders. But soon the attacking armies of Vandals, Goths, and Persians grow to fear and respect the name of one man, Belisarius: horseman, archer, swordsman, and military commander of genius. As Belisarius triumphs in battles from the East to North Africa, his success causes him to become regarded with increasing jealousy and suspicion. In his palace in Constantinople, the Emperor Justinian, dominated by his wife Theodora, plots the great general’s downfall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, reasonably well read

  • By Rohan on 07-10-2017

Great Book, reasonably well read

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-2017

A beautiful historical novel set in the fascinating period of 6th Century Byzantine Empire.
This is probably my favourite Robert Graves book. It is similar to his Claudius novels in style, but being focused on a general rather than an emperor, is set more around warfare than ruling (but still with plenty of political intrigue).
It is read quite well by the narrator

  • Essential Anais Nin

  • By: Anais Nin
  • Narrated by: Anais Nin
  • Length: 43 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

From her famous diaries, which she began in 1914 at the age of 11, Anais Nin reads passages that reflect the recurring themes of her work. In a slow, clear, heavily accented but hypnotic voice, Nin draws the listener into her spell-binding stories of a highly personal world as she paints a vivid picture of a woman as artist and self. This is an extraordinary, historic, archival, and memorable recording that will speak in a fresh voice to new generations.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Overpriced as usual

  • By Rohan on 04-07-2017

Overpriced as usual

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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-2017

$12 (and of course membership costs) for a 40 minute audiobook?

What a greedy company amazon is...I wonder what Anais Nin would've thought of her work being sold like this...