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The Eagle of the Ninth

Written by: Rosemary Sutcliff
Narrated by: Charlie Simpson
Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Marcus Flavius Aquila, a young centurion in Roman Britain, is forced into retirement after receiving a wound in his first major engagement against a rebel British tribe. It allows him the freedom to embark upon a dangerous mission to find out what happened to the Ninth Legion, which, years before, disappeared in the savage lands of the Picts. Will he find out what happened to the men, led by his father, who never returned? And will he recover the Eagle, the symbol of Roman dominance and power?

©1954 Rosemary Sutcliff (P)2006 Naxos AudioBooks Ltd.

What the critics say

"Decades later, I can still hear echoes of The Eagle of the Ninth in my head: the chink of mail, the tired beat of the legionaries' feet." (The Independent)
"What a splendid story it is, compulsive reading!" (Junior Bookshelf)

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Long favorite book well read!<br />

I've loved and periodically reread this book for 5 decades and this is a very good reading of it.

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  • C. Liddiard
  • 2011-01-12

Give it to us unabridged!

My rating is 3 stars because this is an abridged version and so Sutcliff's lyrical style is lost. She isn't one for fluff, unnecessary plot twists, excess conversation or needless explanatory narrative so the only thing to remove to shorten things up are her beautiful descriptions. The story and characters are up to her usual 5 star standards but after listening to unabridged versions of "The Silver Branch," "The Lantern Bearers," "The Shining Company," and "The Outcast," I knew something was wrong with this audio almost immediately. I should have looked closer because I never would have purchased an abridged version on purpose. Her books are not long enough to need to be abridged to make people read them.

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  • Cat
  • 2011-07-14

Give us the Unabridged version, please

The abridged version strips out everything except action, and leaves us wondering about setting and interior dialogue. Come on, anyone who isn't familiar with the late Ms. Sutcliffe's uncluttered yet evocative prose, or who came to this story after seeing the (shudder) movie which was VERY loosely based on this book, would have little encouragement to try her other books. They just are not long enough in the original to justify this bowdlerized version. That said, if you don't have access to the print version, try this one anyway. Or another of her unabridged books to discover what you are missing.

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  • Eric
  • New Braunfels, TX, United States
  • 2007-06-09

Phenomenal!!!

The characters are not merely words on a page; they are people, with traits and flaws like any other people. The reader is transported back to Roman Britain more surely than in a time machine.
A must read, and a must love.

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  • Martihi
  • 2009-08-16

Excellent Living Book

A basic understanding of the time period would be helpful to the listener. The first chapter was a bit hard for my 10 year old to grasp. After the 1st chapter the story takes off and never slows down. A great story about Rome's struggle to maintain its sprawling empire and one officer's struggle to find meaning in it all.

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  • patrice morgan
  • 2020-01-16

Awesome

This was amazing.
There was nothing bad about this book.
I recommend this book all the time.

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  • MSP
  • 2020-01-11

Mixed

i have lived Rosemary Sutcliffe for many many years and thought the narrator did a good job but what is with the music? Found it totally incongruous with the telling of the,story and very disruptive to the flow.

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  • Cheryl G. Best
  • 2019-10-25

Fantastic story, wonderfully read.

This book weaves an enthralling story of courage, friendship, and loyalty. The historical references, the relationships, and the adventure make this a great story for young boys, their fathers, and everyone else.

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  • Joel Campbell
  • 2018-09-22

LOVE IT!!!!!

This is an amazing book! I wish there was a sequel! Recommended by official book geek and book nerd

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  • Leslie Oldfield
  • Spring, TX USA
  • 2017-10-14

Lost in adaptation

This Book was Awesome just plain awesome, and as someone who has read both versions. The abridged version IMO is better you get the important details without to much over explanation and the plot moves so much smoother. If you watched and liked the Channing Tatum Jamie Bell movie. DO NOT! I repeat DO NOT read this book. If you read this book that movie will become unbearable and unwatchable something was lost in adaptation. The movie changes almost every aspect of this book. From character relationships and most of the actual plot. I can't go into it without spoiling the book so I'll just say if you're looking for a book that is easy to get into and hard to put down once you've started reading/listening to then this is a good book for you.

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  • Brant James Pitre
  • 2017-09-07

Wonderful audiobook for the whole family!

This was a very unique and truly excellent story. Our whole family enjoyed listening to it together! The narrator was fantastic. Highly recommended.