Beric the Briton: a Story of the Roman Invasion

Read by Gary Olman

(4.4 stars; 90 reviews)

My series of stories dealing with the wars of England would be altogether incomplete did it not include the period when the Romans were the masters of the country. The valour with which the natives of this island defended themselves was acknowledged by the Roman historians, and it was only the superior discipline of the invaders that enabled them finally to triumph over the bravery and the superior physical strength of the Britons. The Roman conquest for the time was undoubtedly of immense advantage to the people -- who had previously wasted their energies in perpetual tribal wars -- as it introduced among them the civilization of Rome. In the end, however, it proved disastrous to the islanders, who lost all their military virtues. Having been defended from the savages of the north by the soldiers of Rome, the Britons were, when the legions were recalled, unable to offer any effectual resistance to the Saxons, who, coming under the guise of friendship, speedily became their masters, imposing a yoke infinitely more burdensome than that of Rome, and erasing almost every sign of the civilization that had been engrafted upon them. How far the British population disappeared under the subsequent invasion and the still more oppressive yoke of the Danes is uncertain; but as the invaders would naturally desire to retain the people to cultivate the land for them, it is probable that the great mass of the Britons were not exterminated. It is at any rate pleasant to believe that with the Saxon, Danish, and Norman blood in our veins, there is still a large admixture of that of the warriors who fought so bravely against Caesar, and who rose under Boadicea in a desperate effort to shake off the oppressive rule of Rome.. (Introduction by G.A.Henty) (15 hr 12 min)


00 - Preface 2:54 Read by Gary Olman
01 - A Hostage 44:21 Read by Gary Olman
02 - City and Forest 41:00 Read by Gary Olman
03 - A Wolf Hunt 44:38 Read by Gary Olman
04 - An Infuriated People 42:44 Read by Gary Olman
05 - The Sack of Camalodunum 42:21 Read by Gary Olman
06 - First Successes 44:27 Read by Gary Olman
07 - Defeat of the Britons 39:10 Read by Gary Olman
08 - The Great Swamps 42:00 Read by Gary Olman
09 - The Struggle in the Swamp 40:37 Read by Gary Olman
10 - Betrayed 42:44 Read by Gary Olman
11 - A Prisoner 44:35 Read by Gary Olman
12 - A School for Gladiators 50:13 Read by Gary Olman
13 - A Christian 40:10 Read by Gary Olman
14 - Rome in Flames 40:27 Read by Gary Olman
15 - The Christians to the Lions 43:49 Read by Gary Olman
16 - In Nero's Palace 38:41 Read by Gary Olman
17 - Betrothal 42:18 Read by Gary Olman
18 - The Outbreak 41:21 Read by Gary Olman
19 - Outlaws 39:35 Read by Gary Olman
20 - Mountain Warfare 41:30 Read by Gary Olman
21 - Old Friends 1:02:57 Read by Gary Olman


Great story

(5 stars)

The narrator was not as good as most, but the effort was greatly appreciated since I would not have been able to hear the story otherwise. The story is quite well done and interesting. Perhaps one of Henty's best.

(5 stars)

Very well written! I would give the reading about a 3.5 star rating. Thank you very much for providing free audiobooks LibriVox!

(5 stars)

One doesn't usually hear much about the barbarians who inhabited Great Briton before the Roman and Saxon invasions, and, though only part of the story takes place on the island, it is interesting to get a glimpse of how they lived, through such a well written story. Though I must note, the reader would probably benefit from working on his enunciation and pronunciation.

if you can get over the narrator it is an excellent book.

(5 stars)

A fairly poor reading but the book is excellent! One of my favorite of Henty's.

(5 stars)

reader could do better but this is one of my favorite books & I will buy a copy soon

Great book!!!

(5 stars)

Great book!!! One of my favotites of the G.A. Henty books but not the best reader.

(3 stars)

This is a five star story with a one or two star reader. The reader improves some after the first chapter and actually improves to the end of the book. You might have to adjust playback speed so you can endure his sounding out words, mouth noises, awkward pauses and rhythm, etc.

great story, not so great reader

(2 stars)

Every Henty tale is a marvel! But this one needs another reader. It was the longest 21 chapters I've ever listened to because of poor speech.