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Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero
     

Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero

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by Henryk Sienkiewicz, Frederick Davidson (Read by)
 

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Written nearly a century ago and translated into over 40 languages, this masterpiece of historical fiction is one of the best-selling novels in history and the inspiration for the MGM motion picture of 1951. An epic of love and courage in Nero's time, it illustrates the conflict of moral ideas within the Roman Empire at the dawn of Christianity. Marcus, a Roman

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Written nearly a century ago and translated into over 40 languages, this masterpiece of historical fiction is one of the best-selling novels in history and the inspiration for the MGM motion picture of 1951. An epic of love and courage in Nero's time, it illustrates the conflict of moral ideas within the Roman Empire at the dawn of Christianity. Marcus, a Roman officer in Nero's army, risks his career, his family, and even his life when he falls in love with a Christian woman named Callina. In order to win Callina's love, Marcus must come to understand the true meaning of her religion, even as Rome sinks under the excesses of Nero and Christians are thrown to the lions. Quo Vadis brims with the passion and life as it explores one of the turning points in history

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441703903
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
11/25/2009
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
17
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.90(d)

Meet the Author

HENRYK (Adam Alexander Pius) SIENKIEWICZ (1846-1916) was a novelist, born in Wola Okrzejska, Poland. He studied at Warsaw, traveled in the USA, and in the 1870s began to write articles, short stories, and novels. His major work was a war trilogy about 17th century Poland, beginning with Ogniem i mieczem (1884, With Fire and Sword), but his most widely known book is the story of Rome under Nero, Quo Vadis? (1896), several times filmed, notably in 1951 by Mervyn Le Roy (1900-87). He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1905.

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005) was born in London and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He performed in BBC radio plays before coming to America in 1976. He went on to record more than eight hundred audiobooks, garnering AudioFile's Golden Voice Award, numerous Earphones Awards, and a GRAMMY® nomination for his readings.

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Quo Vadis (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Swiderek More than 1 year ago
This book is historical fiction with many true characters and events in it. In a way it is "religious" and there is nothing wrong with that. The read is long, but the writing takes off about 100 pages into the novel. It starts slow and builds as the characters are being developed. Anyone who likes Steven Pressfield or Michael Curtis Ford's novels on the Ancient World will see this book as the "original" historical novel, for it was the first. A great read that keeps ones involved. And Jerimiah Curtin's translation of Sienkiewicz's writing doesn't miss a beat. Now I see why B&N has listed Quo Vadis as one in their "Library of Essential Reading" series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read that huge honkin book in two days it was so awesome. I CRIED, and I don't cry easily. I never thought I would love a character in a book as much as Edward Cullen from Twilight, but Marcus Vinitius comes seriously close!!! He's so freakin awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Billy Joe Sizemore More than 1 year ago
I am a ardent atheist. This is still one of my favorite novels. It is the story of one mans willingness to discover hisself. I have loved this book for twenty years! I read it probaly once a year. Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Magnificent story telling within accurate historical context. Excellent analysis of characters and description of place and facts, It fascinated me, inspired me and simply could not put the book down. Thoroughly enjoyed the unabridged edition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never been able to fully read this story, but it's really good so far. Very interesting. It's amazing how much faith one girl had in God!
quox More than 1 year ago
...but not only. I feel this book has stengthened by resolve. The story told here is so powerful. This is story telling at its best. But in the end, and most of all, it brings you closer to God. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A vey well written book that is hard put down. It is a beautiful story set in ancient Rome with suspense, love, wonderful imagery and a powerful story. It has to be one of the top novels ever written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read!
Eowyn24 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the those books that will stick with you for a long time. I found it hard to read in the sense that it was so disturbing. What these early Christians went through for thier faith during this time was absolutely monstrous! I was glued to this one, yet the harsh reality of it was painful to read at times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the second version of Quo Vadis? (Lord, where are you going?), and is a powerful telling of the early Christian martyrs. The Latin names are a bit tough at first, but this modern English translation brings the story to life. And it's all here: a tale of love and lust, power, brutality, compassion and sacrifice, set against the insane Nero's persecution of the early Church. Not only could I not put it down (and it's no bit of fluffy reading), but I went right back in and read it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
font is extremely small and there are wide margins, so font could have been easily bigger. I would not buy this book, if I had known the type was so tiny. Almost returned; however, didn't want the hassle.
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Will always remain my #1 book! I recommend it to everyone!
SearchingforGoodBooks More than 1 year ago
I read a lot. Some of my favorite novels are The Count of Monte Cristo, Lord of The Rings, and David Copperfield. I stumbled on to this book after reading a profile of the late author, Henryk Sienkiewicz, in World Magazine. It soon became my favorite novel. It is powerful, stirring, and inspiring. Nero is shown in all his disgusting glory, a pre-Hitler Hitler, concerned only with his ego. There is an amazing love story, and even two apostles from the Bible make it into the book. I could not recommend a better book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Surprize endings
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Look for the free version of this book with "Narrative" in the title. It has very few errors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This version is not good. The first few pages do not display the full scanned page. The rest of the book has wrongly typed words with symbols instead of letters. I was highly disappointed. I prefer Barns and Noble service over Amazon as NOOKstudy made me fan of B&N. So, I wanted the B&N free version instead of the Amazon Kindle's version. Kindle's free version is much much better.
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