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.
"The Memoirs of Cleopatra" is another triumph by Margaret George. It was thoroughly researched, well written and beautifully performed. I loved it.
The story was beautifully complex, rich and captivating! It is like being a very lucky historical fly on the wall.
The sound quality its not iPhone speaker compatible. Many mouth sounds and background noises in the recording have been put together in manner that is very distracting.
Yes to Margaret George, absolutely NOT to Donada Peters, one of the most irritating narrators.
Definitely not the audio version, narrator made the listen unbearable.
Her voice was shrill and whiny, like a constipated British child.
Can't even say
Buy the hard copy and someone needs to alert the audio company to have a new narrator re-read this book!!!
I can't compare the two, I never read the print version.
When the exiled Cleopatra is snuck into Caser's bedchamber rolled in a rug so that she could seduce him.
It makes for a more personal sounding character.
I have heard that Cleopatra was treacherous and had her sister killed so she would have no opposition to the crown. This book seemed to make her sound more vanilla, more like things occurred in spite of her rather than by her design.
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!!
Enjoying audiobooks daily!
This was an ok book overall. My complaint is that is was just too long and slow paced. I love historical characters telling their stories, but this was just too much detail and too drawn out. Cleopatra is one of the most amazing women that ever lived. I did not need to know everything, so I found myself skipping "boring parts" which is not good when listening to a book.