British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
I walked through Rome. Learned about the intriguing world of Roman politics. Things really have not changed much over the years! I learned about 'The Haves'' and ''The Have Nots' together with all the complications of their class structure. Got me thinking that again...have we really changed as basic human beings?
One poignant story line that struck me at the end of this beautifully written book was the love, respect and loyalty between a man of high birth and his lowly slave.
The narrator brought each word to life. I feel so sad that this volume has ended. Will definitely be one to revisit like an old friend over the years to come.
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Imperium and Conspirata are wonderful books. The story is riveting and fascinating. I can't wait for the third in the series. Imperium is the better of the two books, but you just can't beat them in terms of historical information and a cracking good story. Harris has just done a splendid job with these two books. I have listened to both of them several times, and keep going back. The writing is excellent - a real treat to listen to. The characters are so well developed and memorable.
Simon Jones is just the best. He records a lot of children's material which I wouldn't nbt normally listen to, but I can tell you I've looked at everything he's done to see if there's anything else I would like. He is just so talented and a real pleasure to listen to. There is evidently another version of both Imperium and Conspriata narrated by someone else. DON'T MISS OUT ON SIMON JONES. Definitely get the Jones version. I just fell in love with Tiro, Cicero's slave who is the narrator of the story. But, Jones makes every character in the book come alive. If I were Harris, I would kill to get him to narrate my books.
Both books are fascinating and I still laugh out loud at some parts even though I've listened to both books over and over again.
I just can't recommend these novels and the narrator highly enough. A real treat and treasure. I can't wait for the third book in the series and I do hope that Simon Jones is the narrator. I'm afraid it would be ruined with another narrator, at least for me.
If you like political thrillers, this is a good one. The series continues from where Imperium left off and leaves me excited for the next installment in the series.
The author provides a lot of detail from historical names and places in the later days of Roman history. Much better than the average historical fiction novels.
I love words that can take me into other worlds.
This is a wonderful audiobook--both in the story and the narration. I was bowled over by "Imperium," the first book in Harris's Cicero trilogy, and was dubious that the second book could be as good. I'm happy to say that my fears were unfounded. Admittedly, the story has a less clear moral arc and is darker than that of Cicero's rise to Consul, but that is the real difference between rising to power and wielding it. This is a more complex book, but every bit as gripping: from the Catiline Conspiracy to the rise of Caesar resulting in Cicero's exile. No spoilers here: this is all in the history books. Yet, thanks in part to Simon Jones's excellent narration, I felt such empathy for the lead characters that I actually found myself hoping it would turn out differently.
Good historical fiction adds a depth of understanding that a pure history book cannot. Conspirata is a great example of doing just that.
Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike.
History is fascinating. The working out of personal ambition, accident, political skill, etc. can keep my attention all by itself and this book did that effectively. What it did not do was move me. Along with another reviewer, I developed a "fondness" for Tiro and Cicero, but that is simply not enough for an historical novel. I expect to be led to care deeply for at least one or two of the characters, and Harris does not manage that. So I never got bored and I enjoyed the book, but just three stars worth.
The narration is spot on with this series. This book, like many of the author's books in my opinion, lags in places that could be reduced or written out.
It finishes well and I will be purchasing the third book in the series. It's worth the read in my opinion.
Have not read the print version
Harris writes the Cicero in a way that makes him seem not only real, but you end up feeling you are on intimate terms with him. The most memorable part was feeling I knew all the characters personally or was speaking to a friend, who was speaking with me about other friends, who like us were ancient Romans.
The scenes where Cicero wins over the antagonist who is exploiting the weak in the Roman provinces through clever maneuvering and internal politics. I'd say more but don't want to be a spolier.
When we learn Cicero stuttered and overcame it and became a famous orator and force in Rome. Especially when his old enemies remember it and try to tease him about it. After one knows this his defeat of his foes with his rhetoric, wit, strategy and understanding of Rome and the human character is more moving and powerful.
At times I felt Cicero was sharing inside gossip and secrets about others in Rome, then had to remember this is fiction and Cicero was real, but this is a story. Great stuff and well worth the money. I was working on 12 foot "roman walls" for the stage design of "Antigone" while listening to it, so the perfect time to enjoy the audio book.