I have heard a million different versions of Anthony and Cleopatra, and this is the first offering I have ever heard of that features their children that survived them. It is very well done. Not a crafted epic, but an enjoyable story with a very good narrator.
If you listen to it, you will probably think the author is taking a lot of license with the facts but she was very accurate and gives an epilogue at the end that explains the few details that were changed.
The narrator was very difficult to understand until about 2 hours in when I got used to her voice and accent. My first impression was that I was listening to a cross between Margaret Thatcher and Mrs. Doubtfire and I was unsure that I would be able to get through the book. HAVING said that, I did get used to her voice but the narrator of Michelle Moran's other books Nefertiti and The Heretic Queen had an amazing airy delivery that I would have preferred for this book as well.
I've listened and read to the previous two Egyptian books that Ms. Moran had written, and had high hopes for Cleopatra's Daughter. Ms. Moran didn't disappoint.
Following the story of Cleopatra Selene - starting only a day or so before the death of her parents - the tale follows through her time in Rome until her marriage. From the start Selene's life is one at risk, as is that of her twin brother. Caught in the middle of the political games of Octavian, neither twin knows how long they will be in Rome, if they will die, or what will eventually become of them.
A beautifully written story, and as an audio book it worked very well indeed. The narrator kept the feel of the story and didn't distract from it at all.
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. She blends the facts in with her fictional characters very well. Having listened to and watched several biographies on Caesar Octavian I was impressed the all the historical facts she incorporated into the story while bringing the people to life. I would highly recommend to other listeners even if you're not interested in ancient roman history. It stands on its own!
interesting historical novel and would like to read more to see what is real and what is not. however the history and learning about the period and its rulers was enlightening. a nice way to learn about rome and egypt at the time.
The story is pretty good but the narration by Wands McCaddon is a real bummer. Her high pitch English accent irratates the ear. If gets even more grating when she changes tones to indicate a different speaker. The book was recommended to me and I decided to listen rather than read. I now have the book and found reading the written page much more enjoyable
I really enjoyed this audiobook because of the historical accuracy. The narrator has a nice voice but it was easy to zone out during certain slow parts of the book. Overall, it was very entertaining.
Accurate historical details
The detail narrative of how Cleopatra Selene reacted when Alexander Helios was murdered brought me to tears.
I love Michelle Moran's books. they are full of life. She really puts you back into ancient times. They narrator did a good job as well. She speaks very clearly and has an engaging voice.