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Natalya

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  • Antony and Cleopatra

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Sneha Mathan
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (39)

    Mark Antony, famous warrior and legendary lover, expects that he will be Julius Caesar's successor. But when Caesar is murdered, his 18-year-old nephew, Octavian, is named as his heir. No one, least of all Antony, expects Octavian to last; but his youth and slight frame conceal a remarkable determination and a sharp strategic mind. Under Octavian's rule, the empire is divided, with Antony responsible for the fabulously rich East. There he meets Cleopatra.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not in the least disappointed"
    "Essential Book for Romaphiles"
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    If you could sum up Antony and Cleopatra in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, engaging, magnificent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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


    What about Sneha Mathan’s performance did you like?

    She doesn't over-do voices but manages to make them distinguishable. She reads at the right pace and has great inflection.


    If you could take any character from Antony and Cleopatra out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Livia Drucilla. I found her to be another capable woman, but I'd like to know more about the Augusta.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8672)
    Performance
    (5330)
    Story
    (5318)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "I Can't Wait for the Next Book in the Trilogy!"
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    Where does Fall of Giants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well, I've listened to over 500 audiobooks, but I'd definitely put this in the top ten percent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Grigory was my favorite voice. I'm ashamed to admit that this is because I think Russian accents are sexy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me intensely interested in World War I, but it did not provoke an intense emotional reaction. It was intellectually fulfilling, though.


    Any additional comments?

    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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