This was the only book I've listened to that I've had to leave unfinished. I just couldn't get through more than a few hours. I think the main problem is that this book just doesn't lend itself to narration very well. Perhaps a different narrator would help, but I doubt it. It seemed like a good book, though - I'll try the print version.
One can only hope that much of this book is exaggerated gossip as generally believed! Nonetheless, I got a good feel for the history of the early Roman empire by understanding the succession of early emperors. I had no idea how completely inept most of these emperors were!
My wife chose this book for a long trip but never listened to it. I gave it a try and ended up really liking it! It was a great micro-history of civilian life during the war (that's not what it's really about, but was an interesting part for me). The book dispelled some pre-conceived notions about Geisha that I (and I'm sure most other Westerners) had.
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