I loved this book! I loved the story, the history, the way the narrator told the story and it was thoroughly enjoyable! I highly recommend this book!
Yes I would! I plan to listen too it again in a few months. This was captivating.
Cleopatra! She is everything.
Her voice was so easy to listen too! I find myself looking for other titles read by her. In fact I'm just starting another one.
Yes! I listened to this book so quickly even though it was over 45 hours long! I listened to this book for hours at a time and wanted more. I was and am so sad it is over.
If you want to know Cleopatra this is the book for you! It really goes from her young childhood all the way beyond her death! It is the best account of any historical figure I have ever read! Don't let the 50 hours scare you, you will thank me later! I actually have read the print version of this book and let me tell you the Audio was 10 times better! And I never would of thought that! I used to be so against Audio books but this has changed me! :D Please listen/read this book you will be forever changed.
Margaret George does a great job of transplanting you into the company of her characters and I felt like I was in Alexandria during the life of Cleopatra. I learned a lot about this historical queen and her involvement in the Roman civil wars. To anyone who loves historical fiction, I recommend this but even to those who don't, the history is just a backdrop for relatable characters and enthralling situations.
Just another girl who likes to multi-task (can anyone say going to the gym plus listening to audible?)
I would not have enjoyed this book if it was my first audiobook. Listening to an audiobook is a skill, and hearing this much detail the first time would be daunting. I would suggest starting with an easier listen if this is your first time, but if you are used to listening to long books, then I think this will be great for you!
I loved this book. Never really knew the whole story of Cleopatra before. I Listened to this book in just a few days. Her story is wonderful. The narrator did a great job. Loved how it was written from her perspective. Looking forward to more books from this author!!
I hesitated to order this book since it was so long. But it was well worth the time. The author has made Cleopatra real for me. Using historical facts, she weaves a completely believable woman who loved, lost and, in the end, triumphed in her own way. I spent many hours listening to the book, which is beautifully presented.
I actually love the long sagas, but in this case it was all I could do to hang in there. There was no high adventure, no romance, no ingtrigues, just not much of a story. You have to blame the editors, it could have done nicely cut in half. I think the only reason I didn't abort was the reader. Porter is ever pleasing to listen to. Just for kicks I would love to know how many cups of wine were poured start to finish. Enough to float a barge I'll bet. At the end I just wanted her to grab the snake and get me out of my misery.
I follow Margaret George as an author and am always blown out of the water. Her descriptive writings transport me through time. she has spoiled me for other authors. her voice actors are always well selected, and an enjoyment to listen to.
British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
Another winner from Margaret George. So many of us learned about Cleopatra while at school and of course from the movies. Who could forget that scene with the great Elizabeth Taylor entering Rome in 'Cloth of Gold'?
If you were a teenager like me do you remember that scene when Cleopatra discovers her great love Anthony has married and her heart breaks. She stands on the steps of her villa and makes that guttural sound from her soul. Not a dry eye in the house.
But that is the movies. Margaret George does add a little drama but you cannot deny the facts. She has done her homework. Cleopatra is alive in this volume. The great Caesar LIVES. Anthony breathes. I feel safe when I walk into this world. I can almost hear the sounds of Upper and Lower Egypt. I am in Rome and I want to 'taste' the wine.
When Caesar was murdered I missed him but when Anthony leaves this earth his loss is palpable. However throughout every single scroll Cleopatra becomes stronger and stronger. Even as a captive she seems to become free. More liberated than ever. Her love for her children, rare in royals, cannot be denied.
The narrator is simply superb. I have no idea what I am going to listen to next.....this is going to be a very hard act to follow.
Cleopatra comes alive. Although I know her story through books, movies and articles, her fate and Marc Antony's saddened me as if I didn't expect the ending. Well written with strong character development, vivid descriptions, memorable scenes and thought-provoking passages. Enjoyable on audio.