I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and can not wait for the conclusion. Both the story and the narrator are excellent. If you enjoy historical fiction then I would highly recommend this one, and the first one in the series (Imperium)
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.
For anyone who is a fan of Roman history, this is an informative and enjoyable indulgence. Although the writing carries the story swiftly, the narration by Simon Jones is riveting. Each character had a unique voice.
Robert Harris does a very good job describing the Roman condition and Roman politics and if you are interested and know a bit about Roman politics you will enjoy this book. I have always enjoyed learning about Roman history, but I found my self board. The book is complicated in the story but if you pay close attention it finally comes together.
Simon Jones definitely captured a voice that is what I have always heard in my head as a Roman voice although it was in English and not Latin.
Overall the book is okay, but I would not add the series (if there was one) to my series list.