This one is squarely in the the colorful, gossipy Roman tradition of Robert Graves & Colleen Mccullough. Political intrigue combined with courtroom drama and a fully realized cast of historic characters are are hard to beat. A very effective narration too. You don't have to be the Pontifex Maximus to predict there will be more volumes in this story. I look forward to them.
I love words that can take me into other worlds.
Really good historical fiction is a rarity. Most books calling themselves historical fiction are simply modern murder mysteries or romance novels with a bit of period detail thrown in. But now and then a marvelous book comes along that takes you into the past in with an honesty and intimacy in a way a pure history book never could. Think of Wolf Hall, I Claudius, or The Red Badge of Courage. Imperium is definitely in that category.
This compelling story, beautifully narrated by Simon Jones, brings Cicero and his world alive. You can practically smell the decaying odors of Rome in the final days of the Republic. You are gripped by his scheming, even as you know the ultimate outcome. It takes a great writer to urge you along even when there is no mystery. I highly recommend this audio book to anyone who loves history, politics, biography, or just a plain good story.
This was my first exposure to Robert Harris' work, and it has led me through three other books as well. I've yet to be disappointed. If you love language, argument and political intrigue laced with high-brow humor you'll love this book. It is well-read and good enough I'll probably return to it again.
Fans of Kathleen Mccollough "1st Man in Rome " series will love this book. The author makes history come alive, lot's of political intrigue.
The narrator was perfect too.
This is a compelling novel about one of the most remarkable persons in ancient history. I was lucky enough to "read" Cicero in high school latin. However, the astounding impact of this orator is lost when one is struggling through line by line. "Imperium" shows the life of Cicero in all its grandeur (and flaws). I waited breathlessly every time Cicero starting winding up for a speech, just wondering what bombshell he would deliver. This one is a real keeper!
The ancient Roman world springs to life in Harris' narration. Cicero is seen as a very real "hero," warts and all. The intrigue, pride, ambition of politics was just as true in ancient Rome as it is today. Harris portrays all this with a wonderful realism that will make you sorry when the book ends. If your only memory of Cicero is high school Latin or Shakespeare's JULIUS CAESAR, you are in for real enjoyment with this book. I just hope there will be a future volume, continuing the involved destinies of Cicery with Caesar.
I did not want this tale to end. Thank goodness it is part of a trilogy. The story brings history alive and renders Cicero a man any of us could understand and some of us could know. The wonderful intrigues and twists are infused with insights into the character of the man, into the human condition, into the political dynamics of a republic that seemed incapable of living up to its challenges.
Simon Jones could read the phonebook and I would want to listen. Outstanding voice, Shakespearean, rounded, solid, reliable, and able to bring the characters emotions to life.
Wonderful experience. I look forward to more.
this book takes you back to ancient rome as if you were time travelling; cicero was a formidable witt and what went on during his time shaped truly the future for imperial rome considering the absolute historical content it is masterfully written as if it was a fiction book but amazingly with out being one! so it grasps you from the first line to the last. bravo to the author and the reader!!!!more please... perhaps...on livia