And very enjoyable. Especially for those who love the Roman history. The end of the Republic is coming and you cannot escape to see some parallels between the past and the present.
Iranians keep their nukes, Americans lose their insurance.
I have already re-played the trial (first half) twice. SO AMAZING. That's all I can say. AMAZING.
British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
I feel as if I have been on a journey back in time. I really feel that I will get more out of it the second time around though. Simon Jones could actually read the phone book and make it interesting though!
I enjoyed the relationship between slave and master. It was not too dramatic( unless you count the crucifixions....thank you Sparticus). However I also enjoyed learning so much about the politics of the era. It was not at all dull. It really seemed to me that women were respected but they had to know how to manipulate the situation. Getting old was NOT frowned upon. Age seemed to be paired with wisdom.
Plan to listen to again and am going to read another Robert Harris historical novel soon. I love to be whisked away in time and this is the way to do it.
Fairly interesting story but character development was lacking.
The narrator was just okay.
Long pauses between chapters had me checking to see if my iPhone had lost power.
It makes the personalities of ancient Rome real accessible,
understandible, in their own world and in their times. It have not
enjoyed a better book about Rome!!
Robert Harris' novel "Imperium" tells the fictionalized story of Cicero through a first-person account by his servant Tito. This is the first of three novels, recounting Cicero's rise from commoner to high-profile lawyer and professional politician.
Imperium is slow and somewhat rambling story, but manages to create a believable backdrop of life in ancient Roman. Harris has effectively brought to life the white marble and flowing robes so often associated with Rome, and has made them seem elegant and sophisticated. He has used examples of corrupt and power-hungry leaders to create realistic scenarios and believable characters.
Imperium clearly links todays court-room justice and modern politics, with the their roots in the "Pax Romana" model of law.
My prior knowledge of Cicero was gleaned entirely from his fairly minor role in HBO's bawdy, totally over-the-top series "Rome," so I can't begin to comment on the historical accuracy of this fictionalized biography, but I loved it! The storytelling was oddly riveting, especially considering how mundane the details of Cicero's law practice must have been in reality, and the narration was nothing short of brilliant. I gulped this down and went straight to gorging on Conspirata. Can't wait for the next installment.
Told in the first person by Cicero's slave, Robert Harris provides the same talent for using a historical backdrop for a story of intrigue, honor, depravity, and all that made up the Roman Empire around 60 BC as he did for another of his works, Pompeii. Well narrated by Simon Jones, the story covers the early political years of Cicero, his successes and his setbacks, and the drive and willingness to take gambles in order to succeed. The story takes us up to when Cicero was elected Consul in 63 BC, some 20 years before he was ultimately killed. The story depicts an era of unrest and political compromise.
If you are interested in historical fictions, especially those that include the Roman Empire, you will enjoy this production of Imperium. Robert Harris depicts the constant struggles that Cicero experiences during his public life and his brilliance as an orator and politician in a way that captures the imagination and is extremely well done.
I enjoyed Imperium very much and will explore other works by Harris. Pompeii is even better, also by Harris.
Highly recommended (Pompeii too).
It slowly took me in to the point where I couldn't stop reading. When it ended I wanted more and it prompted me to do some more reading on Cicero. It made me grow a tiny bit.
Very solid, easy to hear narrator. He seemed like a perfect fit for this book.
An entirely pleasant way to escape February in Minnesota and, at the same time, think about a period in time that I don't know much about. It also gave me some reason to think a little about my job as lawyer.
No. The book wasn't bad. It just wasn't good.
This would have been a fairly run of the mill mystery except that the author seems to have a particular fascination with shorthand. There was no scrape or mystery or close call that was not solved by shorthand. Shorthand was mentioned so often that my husband and I, briefly, turned it into a drinking game.
Focus less on shorthand.