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2.996 out of 52.996 out of 52.996 out of 52.996 out of 52.996 out of 5 3.00 (250 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Narrator: Johanna Ward Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781455177530
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When a Roman ship is wrecked on the coast of Britain, Beric, the infant son of a Roman soldier, is the only survivor. Beric grows up with a Briton tribe, but to his foster people he remains an alien—one of the Red Crests. So when bad times come, the tribe holds him responsible and casts him out.

Rejected by the only life he knows, the boy turns to his own people, but Rome too rejects him. Lost, bewildered, and a captive in his father’s land, he escapes from slavery only to be captured again and condemned to labor on the rowing benches of the Rhenus Fleet. Will Beric ever find ultimate happiness?

Rosemary Sutcliff provides a fine and exciting story with a background of Roman Britain that rings true from the first page to the last.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rosemary Sutcliff’s vividly detailed account of Roman Britain and Europe is enriched through Johanna Ward’s expert interpretation…She creates a fine array of accents and moods that carry the listener through the storms of Beric’s young life.”

    AudioFile

  • Outcast comes to life under Johanna Ward’s smooth reading.” 

    Reviewer’s Bookwatch

  • “How Beric survived…is not only incredible but gripping, convincing fiction.”

    Horn Book

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liv | 11/13/2016

    " TERRIBLE WORST BOOK I'VE EVER READ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darren | 1/4/2014

    " It was a little confusing to follow because in the beginning Beric was having a good time and then he got on a ship and fell unconscious. After that it jumps way ahead with him as a slave. It was still good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 9/28/2013

    " This was not one of my favorites but still very good. I thought the character development was very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 6/24/2013

    " Not the best Sutcliff, in my opinion. The storyline wasn't as strong as some of the others, though the commentary on Roman slavery was quite strong. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 4/14/2013

    " I did not enjoy this book very much. There was a lot of hardships. It was very sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/13/2013

    " Trying to read my way through Rosemary Sutcliff's entire catalog. This one didn't hurt as bad as The Mark of the Horse Lord, or Song for a Dark Queen, but I don't think it was meant to. Much more uplifting even though the entire book details hard times in Beric's life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 booklady | 12/24/2012

    " Read from 8-9 March 2005. Although not as good as Eagle of the Ninth, it didn't have to be, I was hooked! Rosemary Sutcliff writes great historical fiction. Can't think of a better way to get kids to learn history! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Abby | 8/31/2012

    " One of the worst books I have ever read....... I would not read another Rosemary Sutcliff book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelyn | 6/26/2012

    " One of my favorite children's authors. She was an expert on Roman Britain. History come alive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KarenLana | 4/20/2012

    " I don't have the words to do this book justice. It is a truly incredible story and I am now a fan for life of Rosemary Sutcliff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 2/1/2012

    " I read this years ago & though the overall story was a good one, it was boring & tedious for me. Maybe it was just me at the time, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sc | 12/12/2011

    " Even better than I remembered it. The harrowing situation of the slave-galley and Beric's confused desparation afterwards are particularly strong stuff for a children's book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cooper Renner | 12/3/2010

    " Another of Sutcliffe's fine looks at life in Roman Britain. I have used an abridged version of this book with junior high English classes. While they couldn't have handled the full-length version, the abridgement entralled them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 11/5/2010

    " Not the best Sutcliff, in my opinion. The storyline wasn't as strong as some of the others, though the commentary on Roman slavery was quite strong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sc | 5/17/2010

    " Even better than I remembered it. The harrowing situation of the slave-galley and Beric's confused desparation afterwards are particularly strong stuff for a children's book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelyn | 1/3/2010

    " One of my favorite children's authors. She was an expert on Roman Britain. History come alive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cooper | 8/26/2008

    " Another of Sutcliffe's fine looks at life in Roman Britain. I have used an abridged version of this book with junior high English classes. While they couldn't have handled the full-length version, the abridgement entralled them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 8/7/2008

    " I did not enjoy this book very much. There was a lot of hardships. It was very sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 booklady | 5/7/2008

    " Read from 8-9 March 2005. Although not as good as Eagle of the Ninth, it didn't have to be, I was hooked! Rosemary Sutcliff writes great historical fiction. Can't think of a better way to get kids to learn history! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/6/2008

    " Trying to read my way through Rosemary Sutcliff's entire catalog. This one didn't hurt as bad as The Mark of the Horse Lord, or Song for a Dark Queen, but I don't think it was meant to. Much more uplifting even though the entire book details hard times in Beric's life. "

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About the Author
Author Rosemary Sutcliff

Rosemary Sutcliff (1920–1992) was born in Surrey, England. A voracious private reader, she left her regular studies at fourteen to attend art school. In 1950 her first children’s book was published, and from then on, she devoted her time and talents to writing children’s historical novels. Many of her books are set in Roman Britain, a period that particularly interested her. She received the OBE in 1975 and, in 1992, was awarded the CBE. She was still writing on the morning of her death at the age of seventy-two.

About the Narrator

Johanna Ward (a.k.a. Kate Reading) is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.