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Brigantia

Vindolanda, Book 3
Written by: Adrian Goldsworthy
Narrated by: Peter Noble
Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
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Flavius Ferox is the hard-bitten centurion charged with keeping the peace on Britannia's frontier with the barbarian tribes of the north. Now he's been summoned to Londinium by the governor, but before he sets out an imperial freedman is found brutally murdered in a latrine at Vindolanda fort. Ferox must find the killer. As he follows the trail, the murder leads him to plots against the empire and Rome itself. Bandits, soldiers and gladiators alike are trying to kill him, old friends turn traitor, and Ferox is lured reluctantly to the sinister haunts of the old druids on the isle of Mona.

©2019 Adrian Goldsworthy (P)2019 Head of Zeus

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  • Harry Flashman
  • 2019-07-08

Sidebottom is right - this is top stuff.

I will stay brief: Dr. Goldsworthy has shown -yet again- not only that he comes prepared to conjure Roman Britain circa the end of the first century AD in alarmingly vivid detail, but that he also knows how to link together the multiple fine pieces of an engaging story. A strong addition to the Vindolanda series that also made me pause more than once just to sit and laugh. You will hardly find a more qualified author for this subject material, so do not deny yourself this treat.

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  • B Reader
  • 2019-10-27

Splendid but....

Peter Noble is an excellent narrator and I've enjoyed his work through all three books of the series. I was a bit disappointed that in Brigantia that he did not continue his correct pronunciation of Latin as he did in the first two. It was so marvelous and refreshing to have characters saying names, military units and place names in true Latin pronunciation.

Perhaps people complained and he adjusted his pronunciation to fit, but I enjoyed the other.

This book needed an epilogue or a couple more chapters to even out the ending. It left listeners hanging and after getting to know the characters so well it was a disappointment. Perhaps there is to be another novel in the future?

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  • erasmus777
  • 2019-09-28

Best plot of the series for me

I think the balance between plot and action was better in this one than in the second book, with which I struggled a bit. My only minor irritation is that the narrator changed some character voices between three three books. However, one might not notice if you didn't listen to them in sequence.

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  • Michael Cabral
  • 2019-09-01

Hold my sword. . . What ... here, now???

This series of books has provided me more enjoyment than anything I have listened to this year. I have read just about all of Adrian Goldsworthy’s historical works a great nonfiction writer. He is perhaps a better historical novel writer or a wonderful historical novel writer because he is a great historian. Exciting and sometimes made me laugh out loud.

In addition, from a audiobook perspective the performance of Peter Noble just added to this well written book. Mr. Noble did a remarkable job bringing this whole series alive. Never a distraction he was perfect for these books. Wonderful voices, male, female, young or old characters very enjoyable every word. What a great team.