Yes. It's a seduction into the endlessly curious world of the romans and all their ways. It's both a detective tale and a political/historical thriller.
The malediction scene.
"And you think Washington is a nest of vipers."
You must render all of the SPQR series into unabridged audio books. They are worth it.
Actually, it was for me.
He sounded like a San Francisco bistro waiter. But seriously, Novels set in Rome are inherently alien. I think British actors are best at this as they impart enough separateness while being understandable. We are all now used to hearing Romans portrayed as British via I Claudius, etc. that it is oddly more natural.
None that I can remember.
Only if it's not abridged beyond all recognition. York does a splendid job.
I'd just read the whole book. It's meant to be long, evocative and involved.
Make it foolproof that purchasers know that they are buying an abridged work.
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