OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!
Margaret George did a masterful job of research and storytelling, giving the reader a front row seat into history. However, it came off too much like a Danielle Steele romance novel. Cleopatra was supposed to be hightly intelligent, speaking 12 languages, and one of the great female rulers. Yet here we are led to believe that she was the equivalent of a "B.C. video vixen", dating only "Roman rock stars", becoming the "first #1 baby-mama" with several "baby daddies" who gave her "booty calls" but no wedding rings. She dated married men, left her children while she went "on the road" behind Julius Caesar and Marc Antony like a "band wife", leaving Egypt to be run by employees and eunuchs. George does give the reader fabulous in-depth descriptions of the characters and locations. I thought it to be such a definitive account of that time in history that I invested in a hard copy version to fully appreciate the names and places put forth here. If you are interested in a good read about Egypt, Rome, the mighty Nile River, Caesar, Antony, Octavian, Marcus Agrippa, Fulvia, Cornelia, and the Kandake of Meroe, to name a very few, in addition to the battles and technology of the time, this is the book for you. But if this is truly what Cleopatra was about, then we've been fooled all of this time. Here she is an indifferent ruler, a bit loose with her virtue (rolling out of a rug for a roll in the hay with J.C. on their first meeting is trifling), and a very negligent mother - putting the men in her life before the welfare of her children and her people. I was very impressed with Margaret George's dedication to this subject and I loved the book. But it left me very, very disappointed in Cleopatra as a woman and a queen. Marge, you turned Cleo into margarine! Fabio should have graced the cover as Marc Antony. Now I ain't saying she was a gold digger, but......
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 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.
This was possibly the single best book that I have listened to on audible to date. The details of Cleopatra' life are captured so fantastically. I recommend this book with much enthusiasm. The only problems with this book are that the chapters as depicted are not as read. That is merely a technical glitch and should be fixed, but takes nothing away from this in any way.
I am fascinated by the 1st century bc, so much is going on in Egypt, Greece and Rome. The Memoirs of Cleopatra visits this time and in great detail. You are given a vivid and detailed reconstruction of Cleopatra's life and hardly want it to end which sadly it does. A great read.
I highly recommend this book to anyone. Beautifully written and the story will stick with you for the rest of your life. I have actually read and listened to it 3 times and plan to again. It's a long book but you will get lost in it! The detail is immaculate and well thought. Definite must read.