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Ross Leckie. 2000/2003 Read by Paul Matthews. 5 tapes. 6.75 hrs. Clipper Audio, dist. by Recorded Books. 1-84197-691-1. $62.00, Vinyl; plot notes. SA

This is the third and final volume in Leckie's fictional trilogy (following Hannibal and Scipio) about the 300 years of animosity and brutal warfare between Rome and Carthage. As the story is told via a series of diaries, letters, historical documents, and personal remembrances, the listener becomes an eyewitness to history. It's almost as though the author, notebook in hand, was a silent observer not only of the preparations for war, but also of the social and cultural life of the citizens. The sights and sounds and smells of warfare are brought chillingly to life. The son of the famed Hannibal (he of elephant fame) and a loyal countryman are central figures here, as the bloody final war between the two great nations ferments.

Matthews' powerful theatrical voice and superb diction brings this period in ancient history to life with stark realism. (KLIATT's review of the audio version of Leckie's Hannibal appears in the September 2001 issue). Miles Klein, Frisco, TX

S--Recommended for senior high school students.

A--Recommended for advanced students and adults. This code will help librarians and teachers working in high schools where there are honors and advanced placement students. This also will help extend KLIATT's usefulness in public libraries.
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Author:Klein, Miles
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Date:Jan 1, 2004
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