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EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged)

Narrated by: Paul Blake
Series: Emperor, Book 3
Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
4 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Julius Caesar has taken his legions north into mighty battles with the Gallic tribes. But as his successes mount, overwhelming ambition and new alliances begin to threaten his friendship with Marcus Brutus, brother-in-arms and fellow warrior. Although the conquest of Gaul has made Caesar a hero all over again, his victories on the battlefield cause still more rivalries at home. And ultimately Caesar and Brutus will have to choose whether to cross the Rubicon - together or singly - and to take the fight to Rome itself.
©2005 Conn Iggulden (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Won
  • 05-11-2015

Change of Narrator Mid Series Not a Good Idea...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

We as readers, understand there there are certain historical inaccuracies in the narrative (to add to the drama) so why would they bother to attempt to make the names historically accurate given a precedence established in two prior books in the series?

Why, given as this is now the third book in the series, did they bother to change the pronunciation of names, Sevillia to Serwilia or Octavian to Octahwian and the continual use of the soft C for Cicero as Kikero not the usual pronunciation of hard C sounding Sisero. Ariowistus??

Was this a narrator choice or a production choice to make a majority of the names sound like old vaudeville jokes. I can understand trying to give some validity to the ancient Latin pronunciation of the letter V but given that the names had already been established in the previous books and current pronunciation in the world in general is to use the V as we do now not as a W, it just proved to ruin the narration

If the producers of this reading wanted to use REAL Roman names they should have used Octavianus not Octavian. If they wanted to use the real Latin pronunciation of Julius, they should have made it sound as it was.. Iulius Kaisahr (YOO-lee-us Kye-sahr).

What didn’t you like about Paul Blake’s performance?

Given the previous brilliant readings Book 1 and Book 2, I am at a loss to understand why they changed narrators for Book 3, and in doing so, why the narrator of this book (possibly under producers direction) seemed to change the past intensity of the readings to be a breathless rushing through the book/narration

Any additional comments?

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Not as good as 1 and 2

The overall story wasn't as engaging. The narrator didn't help as he pronounced many names differently and also I didn't like his the way he read with big in-takes of breath.

I'm going to continue on with the series but I'd like the narrator from books one and two back.

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Terrible Narator

After how good the first two books were, I can't for the life of me figure out why they changed it to this pompous fool. He can't settle for a pronunciation of names, and the ones he did are completely different to the original way of it. His whole tone is completely wrong as well. Feels like a melodramatic theatre show, over the top weird accents that take away completely from the gritty nature of this story. Can not stand it, had to stop listening and go back to reading only now.

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Terrible Narrator

I loved the first and second book of the emperor but just ordered the 3rd as a book as I found the narrator to pompous and was unable to continue to listen to him. Such a shame as the previous narrator was excellent!

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Narrators disappointing pronunciation of names

It is hard to be engrossed in the story when the narrator cant pronounce names correctly. Servilia is pronounced Sir Willia, Octavian was pronounced Octawian, disappointing

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Loved the book, hated the narrator

What a shame they changed from Robert Glenister (whom I love & who’s reading style led me to these books) just couldn’t get on with the pompous style of Blake... that being said I’ll tolerate him once more for the next book!

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A great story with an Iffy Narrator

If you enjoyed the first two Emperor books, I urge you to try to get into a rhythm with the downgrade in narration (as many have already noted) and continue with the series, as it expands on Julius universe on multiple fronts in his roughly 10 years away from Rome, while also laying the seed for his return to Rome.

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Field of swords

I'm so glad I started to listen to this series. The history has come alive. The characters real. I would like to read a more accurate text next.

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Great book, Narrator awful

After getting used to the last narrator, it was incredibly jarring listening to this one. Every V is pronounced with a W in it's place, which while historically accurate is incredibly jarring as the last narrator avoided this, and the use if the W is not in common vernacular. I dont know how many times I cringed when Octavian was pronounced Oct-Ahhhhhhhh-Wee-Ahn (the length of the Ah is NOT exaggerated), and Servillia pronounced Sir-Wheeeeeel-Eeee-Ahhh. Frankly, it sounded comical, so I stopped listening to the audio version a quarter of the way through and opted to read the book instead. We also got used to the old narrators accents and tone for different chaeacters, which i thought was masterful in the last two. Not so much this new one. Quite annoyed that the narrator spoiled what was an excellent book.

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Good book, bad narration.

Pronunciation was very odd and offputting. Narrator sounded bored, even halfway through a yawn at times. Not sure why they changed the narrator halfway through the series, but the fellow who read the first two was miles better.

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  • Danny
  • 09-01-2013

How To Ruin a Good Story

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Emperor?

The frustration at such appalling narration.

Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Blake’s performances?

Never.

Could you see Emperor being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Its been done.

Any additional comments?

I REALLY enjoyed the first two volumes of this series, narrated by the excellent Robert Glenister. Eagerly, I purchased volume 3, despite some minor concerns about the change of narrator. Quickly it became apparent that I should have listened more carefully to my intuition. I was prepared for the changes in character voices; how could it be otherwise? But it got worse.Blake is enragingly frustrating in his insistence to mispronounce accepted character names. Servilia becomes "Sir Whillia"; Pompey becomes "Pompeii"; Cato becomes "Carto"; Octavian, "Octarwhian" and Catiline becomes "Carterline and then, within the space of a single paragraph, "Carterleenie". Its astounding that Blake has not yet (I haven't managed to get to the end of the story) found bizarre and previously unheard pronunciations of Caesar and Brutus.Here's advice for future consumers who have the choice: listen to and love the first two volumes of this excellent series - thereafter, buy the books.

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  • Colleen S. Wallace
  • 10-04-2012

Great story, annoying read

Would you listen to Emperor again? Why?

Yes, the story is good

What didn’t you like about Paul Blake’s performance?

I HATED the narrator's performance. He has an annoying habit of mispronouncing certain of the character's names; for instance, Octavian becomes Oc-tay-wee-un, Servililia becomes Ser-will-ee-ah, Cicero becomes Kickero. At first I thought he had a lisp until I noticed he could pronounce the V in victory. By his logic, Caesar sould have been pronounced Keeser but he did not pronounce it that way. What gives? It was very jarring and even in the last few minutes of the book I was still fuming at each mispronounciation, wondering why the producer did not correct this in the beginning.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Carlyn
  • 03-12-2011

Where's the consistency?

Would you try another book from Conn Iggulden and/or Paul Blake?

I'm a big fan of Conn Iggulden, but this is the second series of his (Genghis Khan is the other) that I've abandoned after a narrator change. Paul Blake may be a great narrator, but the lack of consistency between books 1-2 and 3 (and apparently 4) is unbelievably jarring. Blake, when reading dialogue, is bearable; his overracting during text is unreal.

Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Blake’s performances?

At this point, probably not.

Was Emperor worth the listening time?

The series itself is wonderful, and the first two books were performed very well. I'll just be going paperback for the last two.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennifer
  • 23-01-2013

The reader is horrible.

Loved book one and two and the reader. Book threes reader makes me was to go insane.

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  • Kristin
  • 06-07-2016

Overacting

Would you try another book from Conn Iggulden and/or Paul Blake?

I will never listen to another book from this narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration was terrible. It was so distracting. There was so much overacting and emphasis on words that did not need to be emphasized. It sounded like like someone was doing a parody of a Reading. Also he could not pronounce the characters' names properly. It Is Servilia not sewilia and Octavian not Octawian. I stopped listening after an hour because I couldn't take it anymore.

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  • Nicholas Smith
  • 08-04-2015

Why? Why? Why?

Why?! Why?! Why?? Why does this happen every time in Conn's books? For the first few books there is a speaker who you get used too and like, and then by the third or fourth book the narrator changes! This narrator did a fine job, but he pronounced names differently then the original narrator, and in some cases different then any pronunciation I've ever heard.

This story is excellent (if not exactly historical) and I can't wait to listen to the next one. My only complaint is the changing of narrators.

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  • CADelzell
  • 18-02-2016

great story horrid pronunciation

I quit after an hour. The pronunciation of the names was too much to get past. Octawian! Sewellia!

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  • Steve
  • 11-04-2015

Awful Performance

What did you like best about EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged)? What did you like least?

I enjoyed the continuation of the story from Books 1 and 2, the characters and plot are interesting and captivating. The new Narrator failed to listed the the previous book and came across like a pompous jerk while pronouncing "v" as "w" and many s-sounding "c"s as hard "k" sounds. It was distracting from the entire plot as I had to figure out who he was actually talking about.

How could the performance have been better?

Listen the previous readings so names are pronounced uniformly through the series.

Any additional comments?

I am dreading the performance of Book 4 by the same narrator, but I like the story.

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  • Michael
  • 10-03-2019

ridiculous narrator. ruins great story.

the story is captivating but the person reading it on audible manages to make every word grate on my ears. he also pronounced "V" with the "W" sound. for example Octavian was read "octa-wee-an". this was especially terrible because this is the 3rd book in the series so as readers we already know how the characters names should sound. please re-record this book with the same narrator as book 2!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-11-2018

The narrater is terrible

I realy enyojed the first 2 books, but this Guy reading Them is so bad, he pronounce the names different, and is very anoying to listen to, i Hope they Will remake it with the original speaker.

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