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.
I never could get into this story. I restarted time and again since I generally love historical novels, but the story just did not have anything I could connect to which is a killer point for me. This might be explained by the fact that it was so difficult to understand when the narrator went from one character to another. I listened until the end, hoping to get involved and was just relieved when it was over.
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one. ~George R.R. Martin
This book was a delightful treat; I could not turn it off, highly recommend to anyone.
This series strikes a good balance between historical research and story. The author creates a vivid picture of the places, people, clothing, food--without ever letting the story sag. The performer does a good job of creating the character of the narrator.
Simon Jones becomes Cicero, Tiro and all the characters in a seamless way. The story is compelling, poignant and historical.
Imperium is a good audio choice, as it's fast-paced, straight forward, and I felt no need to "turn back the pages" to review earlier content.
I was amazed at how many parallels there are between Roman Law and politics and our own. I loved the fact that what I thought would be dry (neither law nor politics are of great interest to me, nor is the Roman Empire, for that matter) ended up being one of the most riveting stories I've enjoyed this year. It's well written, it doesn't condescend to the audience, it's thoughtful, and I learned a lot.
Excellent voice modulation for the different characters.
It is one of my all time favorite listens. I often avoid dry history books, but this one is full of real people involved in a fascinating story.
This book and the narration brought ancient Rome to life for me. It was as if I got to know intimately, historical figures who were previously like cardboard images.
Jones's voice has that ring of truth that makes the fictional part of the story merge seamlessly with the factual part, creating an informative and engaging tale yet avoiding distortion. There is an appropriate arrogance in his delivery that makes the words sing.
Terrific historical novel
The time of Cicero through the eyes of his trusted slave. The seamy politics and dirty tricks almost make Washington appealing!
I'm a big Roman history buff so this novel really appeal to me. Overall I enjoyed it. I learned more about people I already knew a lot about, so that was a rewarding. But it was a bit slow and dry in some points.