• The Forgotten Legion

  • Forgotten Legion Chronicles 1
  • By: Ben Kane
  • Narrated by: Michael Praed
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Romulus and Fabiola are twins, born into slavery after their mother is raped by a drunken nobleman on his way home from a good night out. At 13 years old, they and their mother are sold: Romulus to gladiator school, Fabiola into prostitution, where she will catch the eye of one of the most powerful men in Rome, and their mother into obscurity and death in the salt mines.

Tarquinius is an Etruscan, a warrior and soothsayer, born enemy of Rome, but doomed to fight for the Republic in the Forgotten Legion.

Brennus is a Gaul; the Romans killed his entire family. He rises to become one of the most famous and feared gladiators of his day - and mentor to the boy slave, Romulus, who dreams night and day of escape and of revenge.

The lives of these four characters are bound and interwoven in a marvellous story which begins in a Rome riven by corruption, violence and political enmities, but ends far away, where Romulus, Brennus, and Tarquinius find themselves fighting against the Parthians and overwhelming odds.

©2011 Ben Kane (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

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  • D. Menashy
  • 06-05-13

There'll be no Kane mutiny by me!

It was a guy on the train reading "Hannibal" that tipped me off on Ben Kane. Can't believe that I hadn't heard of him before. I decided to start at the beginnig & having just finished listening to Michael Praed's excellent rendition of the novel I 'm happy to report that it was excellent! I can't wait to rip through the rest of Kane's novels.
Who can resist the allure of classical Rome during the Late Empire? If an author can conjure up some interesting characters and write a good battle scene he's up and running. Add in some wider background history with some speculative twists, wrap it all in a layer of myticism and voila, an instant success! Of course if it was that easy we'd all do it, so kudos to writers like Ben Kane who actually deliver!
Got book 2 "The Silver Eagle" in my basket right now - don't hesitate....



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  • Mr.B.Wright
  • 08-07-19

Similar to Simon Scarrow. Maybe better!!!

Possibly as readable as Scarrow but more gritty. Kane seems to write one layer deeper in terms of Roman life. There’s just a little more detail and he feels a touch more authentic.

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  • Samantha
  • 02-16-12

Roman epic

Good story and also a good history lesson about the Roman harsh way of life. Bit gory in places but Michael Praed's reading was good

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  • Poppey
  • 03-07-18

A Winner

Although not, I think, quite as good as the Eagles Trilogy, the Forgotten Legion,
nevertheless, has started well, even though some of the narrative was repeated several times over.

I understand that this is the first book that Ben Kane has had published and it does not disappoint. Once I made it through the first chapter, I was well and truly hooked. Fortunately, I have come to the table late in the Ben Kane seres of books and do not have to wait for the next book to be published.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-21

Great!

My first audio book that I have finished loved the story so much so in depth!

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  • James
  • 11-26-20

Take the Jump

As a reader who enjoys reading around a subject Ben Kane part 1 of 3 in this collection does a fantastic job of telling a historically accurate tale of sequence of events through the lives of fictional characters. He does this in a really well written and throughly well researched book. The narration performance adds to this story and Michael Praed delivers accents and difficult language with easy allowing the listener to truly believe they are right there amongst the action and suspense. A pleasure to listen to.

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  • Mr
  • 10-28-11

Jumpy, Frustrating but Good

Great story lines, I really enjoyed Hannibal and the start of this book makes you think that it’s going to be just as good however there are a few story lines in this book spread over different time periods e.g. Rome 9 years later...you get the idea. This technique allows the storylines to avoid dreary parts when we’re waiting for people to grow up but unfortunately just gets a bit to frustrating when a story line is developed and then moves on to another when really it would be great if it just carried on a little longer.

Majority of the book is good but the ending seems as though the author had a few more hundred pages up his sleeve and then ran out of time. I guess there might be a follow on to come.

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  • Mr. D. Brown
  • 07-04-22

Gripping to the end

Another great addition by Ben Kane.
I'd go as far to say my favourite so far, can't wait to read the next in the series

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  • Craig Rowbotham
  • 03-15-22

Absolutely Brilliant !

Ben's knowledge of ancient Rome surpasses all others I've read. I love Adrian Goldworthy and Simon Scarrow, read most of theirs but so chuffed I've now found this author.
As for this story, as I say brilliant and so well read by Michael Prayed...

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  • Otto
  • 06-02-21

Amazing, historically accurate fiction

My first historical fiction, and I am amazed. Great story and love hearing the real history interwoven between it!

Made better by how very detailed it is, making you feel as if you are in ancient Rome itself.

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  • Kevin
  • 09-02-18

Ben is the best

The usual brilliance of Ben Kane weaves another tale of Roman hardship and heroism. Really enjoy these series

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  • greg barr
  • 12-13-18

great story and historically correct. cant wait to

great story and historically correct. cant wait to listen to the next one in the series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-21-20

Excellent

A great story and a well read audio book. My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed this on our last road trip.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-20-19

Up there with best.

Move over Cornwall, Scarrow, Iggulden, Barone, Sidebottom et al, Ben Kane does it for me. Well researched, written and developed but best of all.......a great yarn.

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  • Hawk
  • 06-28-22

Misses the Target

That Ben Kane is supposedly the best writer of Roman fiction is a very sad indictment of the entire sub genre.

One dimensional characters in a one dimensional story. Just because Ben Kane has a knowledgeable understanding of Roman history (dates,names and well documented politics) doesn't mean he can write an engaging story with memorable characters.

Painfully dull and just plods through the known history.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-11-21

Extra-ordinary story.

Having done some Ancient History at Uni on these areas and Rome and Alexander the Great, this story takes me back to the lecturer who more or less told the same story Ben has successfully written.
Thank you, Jenny Booth from Australia

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-21

Outstanding!!! Must Read

Great story!!! if you like roman era history then you will love this fictional story based in a historical time of the Roman empire.

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  • Raymond
  • 10-14-20

Epic!

This book is graphic, engaging and unbelievable! The author thrusts the reader into a mailstrum of war, mystery and emotions. You learn to appreciate each character and feel as though you walk, feel and hear as they do as! This saga to me reflects a mixture of movies like spartacus/gladiator and Rome .. A true Epic!

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  • Sweetheart1
  • 06-08-20

a second go at listening

EDIT : After much cajoling from a friend i decided to listen fully to this book and now stand humbled. after finally finding his groove well into the first 1/4 of the book Michael was a joy to listen to. His female characters became more feminine and enjoyable. i have edited my review and star rating.