I took a chance on this and I am sorry I did. The importance of a good narrator is never more clear than in this book. The voice put me to sleep as well as the story. And then about half way through they start using F*CK. That just pulled me out of the story and so threw me for a loop that it was no longer plausible. Save your sanity and skip this one. It wouldn't let me give it zero stars or I would have.
Theis was the 3rd of Harris' books I heard and they were all great. I felt like I was back in Rome and was being told the story first hand. Graet book.
into this book. I was wierd and hard for me to follow. My husband loved it and said if I had listened just a little longer I would loved it too.
Just a reader
"Conspirata" is the story of Cicero during and after his Roman consulship. It was a period of intrigues and power plays, with patricians and plebes struggling for dominion. Winding though all the plots is the crafty and subtle hand of Julius Caesar, carefully building towards replacing the government of the Republic with his autocratic rule. In these times, courts were influenced not merely by facts in a case, but by the legal representatives oratatorical skill, dignitas and authoritas. Cicero is portrayed as complex character of faults and honor. He overcomes humble ancestry with superior ability and a genius for oratory. This is, in my opinion, an excellent and consistently fascinating novel.
This book was not satisfying me, but I wasn't sure why. Then I realized it was basically nothing but melodrama, and rather thin stuff.
I would was hoping for something that would give me a better feel for Cicero's time, but all I got were superficial details - like a Hollywood Western.
I didn't finish it.
His other books are very good. This one is the best yet. Historical Fiction at it's finest. Excellent Plot, Narration, Character Development.
I really enjoyed this Audio Book
I truly enjoyed this book. I like Roman history probalby dating back to my four years of Latin study in highschool. Caesar, Cicero are, fortunately, still alive in their writings and speeches. The book is a work of fiction and the trials of Cicero are engaging as any good crime novel. You do have to get over the narrator who seems to be doing an impersonation of Peter Ustinov doing his interpretaion of how Romans would sound if thay spoke English. I doubet if they were that pompous and arogant sounding. Some of the "charcters"spuuttered their English so stiffly that if they were any moe Englsih they wouldn't tbe able to speak at all. You get over it because it is a good story. Given that...it is a very good read and I enjoyed every minute of it.