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The Encircling Sea

Written by: Adrian Goldsworthy
Narrated by: Peter Noble
Series: Vindolanda, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
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Flavius Ferox, Briton turned Roman centurion, is charged with keeping Rome's empire intact. But from his base at Vindolanda on the northern frontier of Britannia, he feels enemies closing in on him from all sides. Ambitious leaders await the chance to carve out empires of their own while men nearer at hand speak in whispers of war and the destruction of Rome. 

And now new threats are reaching Ferox's ears. Stories about the boat-dwelling men of the night who have cursed the land and come ashore only to feast on men's flesh. These are just rumours for now. But Ferox knows that rumours stem from truth. And that no one on this isle is safe from the great encircling sea.... 

©2018 Adrian Goldsworthy (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • Joshua
  • 2019-01-08

Once again!

Once again, the second book of the series I truly enjoyed both the story and narration. Peter Noble does a wonderful job of telling the story and amazingly with so many characters does a great job keeping all the many voices in line. I highly recommend!

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  • Lawrence Jacobsen
  • 2019-10-28

Excellent.

Theres no one I've read who can describe a Roman battle like Goldworrhy. But more than understanding formations, procedures, and tactics, Goldworthy has an insight into the vicious and dire nature of men in battle that I honestly have never encountered before. I highly recommend the entire series and look forward to reading more of Goldworthy. If you like ancient Rome and ancient history, you simply can't go wrong with this guy.

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  • Chris
  • 2019-09-14

More action than plot

I liked this less than the first novel. Though heavy focus on action is clearly a mark of this author's style, it was better balanced in the first novel. In this one I found the prolonged and detailed action scenes laborious. In fact, though I usually can't tolerate feeling that I have missed a single detail and have to rewind if I don't get something, I found myself not caring much of the time in this one and just letting it run.

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  • Leonard
  • 2019-01-21

Well Worth the Wait

I had first noticed the hardcover edition of this book at least six months ago and was so hoping it would come out in audio version that I even contact the author. Unfortunately, he did not yet know at that time what was the status of the audiobook. Fortunately it came out and although I had several other books in the cue, I downloaded the book and away we went. What sets this historical novel apart from others in the same genre is the author is a historian on Roman history. If you have not listened to his histories, I strongly recommend them. This is a story of a Roman centurion set in Roman Britain, plain and simple, his heroism, ingenuity and mastery of arms. The realism comes through and it is very enjoyable. Unfortunately, now starts the long wait for the next installment.

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  • Jeff Lacy
  • 2020-08-18

Peter Noble one of the best

Peter Noble is excellent in his performance of the characters in Adrian Goldsworthy’s second volume of his Vindolanda trilogy, The Encircling Sea. Involving the same characters as in the first volume, Vindolanda, Noble takes control of these characters, creates them, makes them live and breathe. His voice is well modulated to each character. He is also sensitive to the pace of the writing, and the tension of each scene. This book contains a complex of voices. It has a range of many characters with many dialects, genders, ages, and simulations of volumes such as whispers, battle cries, angry curses of different distances, etc. This is one of the top performances I have heard and used in Audible, it certainly made the reading of this first and second volumes of the trilogy exciting and fulfilling.

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  • Steve
  • 2019-12-20

Great continuation of historical fiction series

This story builds on the groundwork laid in "Vindolanda" by referencing events in the first book without rehashing them. Readers should definitely read that book first. Several familiar characters reappear in a faster-paced story. I rather enjoyed the slow burn of the first book's narrative and found "The Encircling Sea" to be comparatively light on world-building. Still, the story is exciting and introduces new historical themes, and Ferox retains his status as a gruff but trustworthy protagonist. Peter Noble's narration is fantastic as always. Interesting to note that he dug a bit deeper for the northern accent, particularly with Vindex's dialogue.

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  • John
  • 2019-10-19

Too many, too long battle scenes

Good characters and decent plot. But the battle scenes go on and one, to the point that they begin to feel like filler. A small but irritating point: Everyone curses everyone else with the epithet "bastard". I suppose this is a euphemism for more earthy Anglo-Saxon terms but, like the overdone battle scenes, there are only so many "bastard"s one can take in a single novel. I get the sense that the overdone battle scenes, and the many "bastard"s, may have been generated by a moderately talented computer program. Readable, but not the author's best work. Needed a good editor to tighten it up.

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  • GPSig
  • 2019-07-13

Great story and nobody writes individual and unit combat as well as Goldsworthy

Another great tale full of historical elements and well-written combat. Peter Noble is a wonderful storyteller and could make reading a grocery list fascinating. Third book already downloaded!

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  • Dennis Jameson
  • 2019-02-18

Another Colleen McCullough

Goldsworthy does for Roman Britain what McCullough did for Republican Rome. I had a fair idea of what the mechanics looked like, but this was like seeing the machine in operation. If you are interested in Rome, the Roman Army and/or Roman Britain this novel brings the history to life.