It is hard to choose just one thing that I like about this novel the most. I could say it is a absorbing book who, despite my years of studying Ancient Roman History, still managed to get me totally absorbed in its events and keep me riveted until the very end. I could also say that the style is seemless and well written. I could yet add that this is a book that manages to use the complicated history of the late Republican period and yet treats it gently and never left me confused.
Overall this was the first book I have read from Harris and I was left feeling happy that I did. It is an excellent book and I recommend it highly.
I had hoped that this would be as good as Pompeii, which was fun and somewhat educational, but, no... I couldn't finish it for boredom and confusion, trying to remember characters and understand their motivations -- I wonder if I would like it more if I knew more Roman history already.
I loved it!! Had listened to Imperium and was delighted to see this new one on Cicero. So much insight into life in a pre-dictator Roman republic and rise/climb of Caeser. Of course you could just choke Cicero sometimes for being such a pompous inflexible nit; but look at us present day.....
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.
Interesting to learn about Cicero and the times, but the story was pretty ho hum and predictable...surprise there. The narrator didn't help much and sounded like an over trained circus announcer.
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.