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Marvellous book, and you learn some history,
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This review is from: The Eagle of the Ninth (Junior Classics) (Audio CD)
The Eagle of the Ninth is a tremendous tale, based round the genuine mystery of the Ninth legion, lost in Britain in the 2nd century AD. A young centurion and his servant, a celt, travel north of Hadrian's Wall to try and discover what became of the legion. There's mystery and fighting, but it's also a story about friendship and trust. Rosemary Sutcliff has written many excellent historical novels for children, but this is one of her best.
I have to be honest and admit I haven't heard this recording. I would give it 5 stars as the story is so good but it just can't be as good as the BBC full cast dramatisation, sadly only available on a double tape (ISBN 0-563-38920-6) which has been listened to countless times by my youngest (from ages 6-8) and 2 or 3 times by the rest of us (now aged 43, 42, 12 and 10) in the car. Only my daughter (10) isn't that keen to hear it again.
One note of caution, Amazon claims this to be suitable for ages 4-8. I'd have thought that under 6s would struggle listening to it and it most suitable for over 10s to read it to themselves.
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Initial post: 28 Mar 2011 09:51:16 BDT
Ben Kane says:
Great review, batsheep, but I'd like to point out that there is no proof at all that the Ninth disappeared in Britain in the second century AD. It's now more often supposed that it disappeared up to forty years later, in one of various conflicts in places such as Pannonia. The reasons for this are that roof tiles manufactured by the Ninth from later periods have been found in Nijmegen, and because senior officers of the Ninth are known to have been alive years after the supposed disappearance. Anyone who's interested can read the excellent article on livius dot org, which only uses real historical references, unlike many other websites.
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