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.
Top 10- very nicely done
The fiction premise brought this very important man to life
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Cicero's many principled manipulations and of course, his speeches and logic
Can't wait to read Book 2 : Conspirata
Would have liked to see Richard Burton play his part
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From the behind the scenes political wrangling, to the public oration and courtroom drama, this is a winner on all levels. My interest was captured early and held throughout as Tiro, slave to Senator Marcus Cicero, details the hidden story behind his masters rise through the Roman political scene.
I was a bit concerned about having Simon Jones as narrator because I feared all I would hear was Arthur Dent, but he did a fantastic job with the narration and my mind never heard the voice of Arthur in the performance.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Imperium. Well worth the credit spent and the time listening to the story. I look forward to the next book
I don't know if I am cut out to listen to this type of book! I found it very interesting and was impressed with the amount of information and research it must have taken to have written it. I was however, confused about half the time and when I was mid-way through I actually started it over in order to get a few things straight. So many people have similar names and the sheer number of characters was a daunting task to keep track of. I finally just left it on and stayed partially confused... and I hate to admit that I googled a few things in order to clear up a few nagging questions. It was a very interesting and entertaining ancient Roman history (historical fiction, I guess) lesson!
Love history, love books. Love current events. Christian conservative. British history. Military history. Political history. Classic fiction.
This extremely well written and well narrated historical novel seemed light on history at first. I mean, how could the author (or anybody) know that much about the Roman Counsel Cicero? Well, thanks to Cicero being a blabbermouth, and thanks to his faithful slave inventing a huge working shorthand system, we know just about everything about Cicero, and so will you when you listen to this great work. Emotionally rich, lip smackingly satisfying. Makes me want to read more about the Roman Republic.