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JUSTINIAN Emperor, Soldier, Saint

by | Read by Mark Elstob

Biography & Memoir • 15.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2023

Mark Elstob is especially effective at narrating classical history, medieval fantasy, and complicated scientific and theoretical narratives. His deliberate pace, expressive diction, and carefully calibrated tone are invaluable to the listener who is less informed about subjects remote, specialized, or abstract. Those skills prove essential in this portrayal of the sixth-century Roman ruler Justinian, whose contradictions are summed up in this audiobook's subtitle: "Emperor, Soldier, Saint." Interestingly, Justian's challenges parallel many of today's leaders. Volcanic activity resulted in climate change. Migratory Huns and Vandals and the Persian superpower pressed the borders. And in the 540s, bubonic plague made its first foray into the West, upsetting the social and political order. There's much to reflect upon here, and this skilled narrator clarifies, enhances, and enriches. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2023]

Trade Ed. • Hachette Audio • 2023

DD ISBN 9781668632840 $38.99

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