Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.
Oh, my goodness. I always choose unabridged books, I savour each and every word. In The Memoirs of Cleopatra, there were TOO MANY WORDS!!! I don't know if there is an unabridged version, but check first and listen to that. You really do not need to hear again and again about the brown grass on the side of the Nile, or about the same days repeated over and over again when at sea. Yikes! I can appreciate all the work the author went to here to research the history which was one of the reasons I wanted to listen to this book. I still have not finished it, I am not sure I will ever be able to, as one reader put it in her review, I can't believe Cleo is not Better!
Even though the audio book follows what I have seen in the movie, there are other aspects of her life that are brought into focus with reference to her relationships that are not. I found what I have heard so far to be interesting and informative. Having heard parts 1,2&3, I am looking forward to the upcoming chapters.
I am curious as to how she starts her relationship with Mark Anthony since she has only touched on even recognizing him in the first three parts.
I'm not sure if I will be able to finish this audio. The author has not been able to hold my attention in the same way she did in HenryXVIII. It doesn't even seem to be written by the same person.
If you don't know anything about Cleopatra and her time, this is interesting from a mostly historical perspective. However, if you are looking for an engaging, interesting read, this doesn't fit the bill. It is dry, mostly told as a story rather than an experience, with most of the action taking place in third person. Most of the interesting stuff happens off stage, if you will, and she makes mention of it in her memoir. Also, Cleopatra is portrayed here as a not-so-interesting character, but with a lot of insight and introspective evaluation. Admittedly, this book didn't hold my attention past the first download (there are 7 total), so maybe if I had stuck it out it would have gotten more engaging. However, I am a busy person and have vowed not to waste my precious time on things that are less than great as this is.