Fascinating, engaging, magnificent.
Cleaopatra, of course. She is such a complex character. Hardly the whore the Romans made her out to be, she is brilliantly intelligent, wise beyond her years, cunning, devoted, talented, a great ruler who cared about the welfare of her people, sexy without being pretty, charming, and tragic. Without the benefit of beauty, she uses her wit and
She doesn't over-do voices but manages to make them distinguishable. She reads at the right pace and has great inflection.
Livia Drucilla. I found her to be another capable woman, but I'd like to know more about the Augusta.
This story has been told a million times, but this is the best-researched, most accurate, best written, and most compelling version of a great romance and key period in the development of Western Civilization. It's not just about Antony and Cleopatra. It's also very much about Octavian (later Augustus Caesar) and the period of Roman history when Rome transformed from a republic to an empire.
Well, I've listened to over 500 audiobooks, but I'd definitely put this in the top ten percent.
All the characters were great, but Ethel seemed like the strongest female character and developed the most during the novel. I happen to like strong female protagonists. They are all multi-faceted and compellingly real.
Grigory was my favorite voice. I'm ashamed to admit that this is because I think Russian accents are sexy.
It made me intensely interested in World War I, but it did not provoke an intense emotional reaction. It was intellectually fulfilling, though.
Definitely get this book if you like historical fiction! Even if you're not interested in World War I, I guarantee that you will enjoy it and will probably be dying to know more about WWI by the time you're finished.
I love this audiobook, like the author's thrillers, and found World Without End and the other book in that series whose name I can't recall to be miserably boring. If you didn't like those two other
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