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Vindolanda

Narrated by: Peter Noble
Series: Vindolanda, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
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AD 98. The bustling army base at Vindolanda lies on the northern frontier of Britannia and the entire Roman world. In just over 20 years' time, the Emperor Hadrian will build his famous wall. But for now, defences are weak as tribes rebel against Rome.

It falls to Flavius Ferox, Briton and Roman centurion, to keep the peace. But it will take more than just a soldier's courage to survive life in Roman Britain.

©2017 Adrian Goldsworthy (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Trying to hard to be to many things.

Hoping for a military story but instead got a book trying hard to be a anti hero slash romance slash sleuth story that was boring.
Will not bother with the books that will follow in this story.

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Bad pick.

Most books I can find a way to enjoy.. but not this one! Tried a number of times but it just doesn't work for me

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Very good, but confusing in parts

While an excellent Roman historical novel it lacks the historical background about the early parts of Emperor Trajan's reign; this only becomes evident in the last chapter. Goldsworthy is an excellent historian, but needs some polishing as a historical novelist. The reader can come confused with the number of characters, especially on the Roman side. He could learn from Scarrow and Kane in putting together a novel.

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  • Daniel P. Fradl
  • 28-06-2018

Much like Bernard Cornwell in style

I really enjoyed this and already bought the 2nd in the series (only two so far) on kindle -- 2nd not out in audio at the time of this writing. It's very much like Cornwell's books (The Last Kingdom series, Sharpe's Rifles, etc). The author has written many histories of the Roman era and so his fiction is very authentic. Five stars for those who like rugged historical fiction.
Note I gave only 3 stars for performance. The narrator would not maintain volume when he was in the various characters, and sometimes basically whispered when a character whispered. Sometimes he would trail off the end of sentences, for effect. The problem is that I had to turn up the volume, then BAM he's at full volume again, I turn down, he goes soft, I turn up, then BAM. I am not sure if this is narrator or the sound engineer not compensating but I don't normally have to do continually adjust my volume like this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-2018

If only all historical novels were this accurate!

An impeccable historical novel by someone who coincidentally happens to be an authority in the field. Not academic at all though, quite dramatic and enjoyable.

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  • Alvin
  • 18-09-2018

Really, really good

As far as historical fiction goes this has to be one of the best works I’ve read (or listened to) apart from Bernard Cornwell and Simon Scarrow. As someone who loves history the level of detail described in the historical notes at the end add a lot to the story. Look forward to seeing more fictional work from this author!

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  • KC
  • 07-02-2018

Action, Adventure, Mystery

Enjoyed the story, which is complete with action, adventure, and mystery. Very compelling plot and I did not want to stop listening. The historical context was vivid and I felt like I was there. Recommended!

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  • Zecheriah
  • 11-11-2018

Entertaining and Informative

Goldsworthy has been a go to author when it comes to Ancient Rome in his non-fiction writings, and now his historical fiction too. This fast past novel drips with pathos, and you feel like you are getting enlightened on how Romano-Britain functioned.

#AncientRome #historicalfiction #AncientBritain #Tagsgiving

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  • Joshua
  • 28-12-2018

Yeah I loved it

So I am new to this portion of Roman History. Or I should say fictional history. Many of the terms used in the beginning were very foreign to me but as the story progressed and I did some side investigation I came to understand. The story and the narration are amazing. First with the story, it drew me in and established the characters, without leaving me in the dust. The narration, voices and accents brought it to life... Side note I’m pretty sure one or two sounded like Sean Connery.

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  • Dennis Jameson
  • 02-06-2018

Historical Fiction written by an Historian!

What a concept. Fiction written by an actual scholar of the times. Probably as plausible a narrative of the times as any. It's worth a second read.

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  • James
  • 21-07-2019

Confusing and detailed to the point of distraction

Really wanted to like this series, but the story is confusing and rambles. Very hard to keep up with all the character's names and the places. Some interesting historical information, but it's overwhelmed by the complexity of the story. Narrator is great though.

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  • Gael Dalton
  • 25-03-2019

Compelling story, memorable characters

Now I have a clearer understanding of how Roman citizens got that way - including slaves being freed and Britons being assimilated.
That’s why I read historical fiction. Even when the people are imaginary, their entire world becomes more interesting after I have an emotional connection.
I think there are some inaccuracies here about people from the other side of Hadrian’s wall, but this author doesn’t claim expertise in that culture. Insight into lives of the Romans are very valuable, and I look forward to reading more from this author - both the novels and non-fiction

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  • Holdt Garver
  • 15-10-2019

Outstanding novel set in Roman Britain

Vindolanda is an excellent novel set in Roman Britain in the 1st century AD. it is the first of three novels with the same characters more or less, and all three novels are interesting and fast moving. The main character, Flavius Ferox, was born a Briton, but taken as a hostage by the Romans when still a child. He grew up in Roman society and is a Centurion in the Legion when this novel takes place. Not wanting to give spoilers away, I will just say that his dual heritage gives him a unique understanding of the tribes and the Roman citizens in Britain. This, as the other novels in the series, gives us an exciting story with twists and turns galore. Those interested in Roman Britain will enjoy these novels.

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  • Ray Carpenter
  • 31-01-2018

First class novel...

Excellent characters and story line.. would recommend this book to anyone who loves history and the Roman period...

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  • The Curator
  • 09-02-2018

At last a proper roman novel

Adrian Goldsworthy is not someone who would write drivel about roman Britain so I thought I’d be in safe hands. To find the spark for the novel was the party invite from the Vindolanda tablets made me way more excited than it probably should but it worked so well. Peter Noble is to be praised for not mangling the Latin terms as so many narrators do. All those blokes churning out Roman military boys own stories should be force fed this book to see how it’s done.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-04-2018

Fantastic!

Absolutely gripping throughout, and narrated well. Very historically accurate and informative, tells the story with great attention to detail.

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  • Mr. Gordon Downie
  • 04-09-2018

Vindolanda

Loved this book from start to finish. It is obvious that the author has a wide knowledge of the Roman army and it’s activities in northern Britain at this time. I must also give high praise to the reader who brought the times and the characters to life.

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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
  • 15-08-2018

impeccable research

loving historical fiction as I do, the best books are by academics giving the reader an insight into the era, and Adrian Goldsworthy is premiere of these. there is of course a great story evolved around this research with characters good and bad on both sides with plenty of intrigue and descriptive battles, all of which I thourghly enjoyed. I can only hope audible release more of his work.

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  • Marie grice
  • 11-06-2018

must read

this book!

captured my attention from page 1 and never stopped. historical correctness makes this book come alive giving you the ideal platform next to the charactors, making you live ever heart stopping moment. cant wait to start book 2 in this Ferox series! Thank you!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-02-2019

Another Spaghetti Centurion

As the epilogue shows, you cannot fault the historical research. However, being a good historian does not necessarily make you a good novelist. Characters are a bit too one dimensional and plot line rather full of clichés. Battle scenes are not too bad.
Still, as a debut not bad but Bernard Cornwell has little to fear.
As usual, great narration by Peter Noble.

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  • Paul T.
  • 26-04-2019

Entertaining, exciting historical fiction

This is an engrossing listen with a flawed centurion fighting a plot against an embattled Roman army trying to maintain order in rebellious Northern Britain. The action sequences were exciting but I question the superhuman fighting abilities of the hero and his auxiliary sidekick. Glad to read that this is a first in a series, the Roman equivalent of a Jack Reacher.

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  • Roy
  • 18-09-2018

Excellent Story

An excellent "tale" well told. Will look forward to the next nivel in the series

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  • jjm
  • 11-09-2018

great dramatisation and attention to detail

fast paced and intricate in detail. the author has seriously done his homework, great read.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful