There was a time when Cicero held Caesar’s life in the palm of his hand. But now Caesar is the dominant figure, and Cicero’s life is in ruins.
Exiled, separated from his wife and children, his possessions confiscated, his life constantly in danger, Cicero is tormented by the knowledge that he has sacrificed power for the sake of his principles.
His comeback requires wit, skill and courage - and, for a brief and glorious period, the legendary orator is once more the supreme senator in Rome.
But politics is never static, and no statesman, however cunning, can safeguard against the ambition and corruption of others.
Riveting and tumultuous, Dictator encompasses some of the most epic events in human history yet is also an intimate portrait of a brilliant, flawed, frequently fearful yet ultimately brave man - a hero for his time and for ours.
©2015 Robert Harris (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks
A must read for readers interested in ancient Rome: Read all three books for maximum enjoyment.
Read the first book in the pair in hardback, but the wonderful voice acting in this sequel really brought it to life.
Needless to say, Bill Wallis is sadly missed. He was fabulous as Tiro, and in so many other rôles! It took a wee while to adapt to David Rintoul, though I've enjoyed his reading very much in other books. I'd got the feeling of Tiro as an educated provincial, but here Rintoul sounds upper-crust and establishment. Still, we all needed to hear the end of Cicero's life, and even more come to a resolution to the life of Tiro, who lived so, so long, and survived "interesting" times.
Robert Harris has, however, kept me enthralled through 3 fat volumes on the life of Cicero, studied in Latin in my schooldays and written off as a pompous old bore. He was that, but more too. "Non modo, sed etiam."
"A good comparison to Shakespeare's play"
A very polished performance. Caesar comes across very differently from Shakespeare's play - he comes across as cold, calculating and ruthless, not the great statesman murdered by jealous rivals.
"A great end to a great trilogy"
Been waiting for ages to listen to the final chapter of this series. Especially after the how the second book finished.
"Brings Rome to life!"
Having not really engaged with Ancient Rome since my primary school days this trilogy brings to life what has to be one of the most tumultuous times in politics in the history of civilisation.
At times I have heard this trilogy receive criticism for its lack of thrills, spills and Dan (writes the same book over and over again) Brown style pace but it in its subtlety that you gain its rewards. Beautifully read, incredibly well written and has revived my faith in the joy of an audiobook.
I've now downloaded Mary Beard's SPQR such is my will to not let this fascinating period of time go.
Don't delay. Buy this trilogy of books. It's a joy!
This is a superb conclusion to Robert Harris's excellent trilogy about Cicero, brilliantly narrated by David Rintoul. This trilogy is so good I shall probably start listening to it again from the beginning very soon.
"If only history was told like this at school"
Can't fault this at all.
Utterly engrossing story wonderfully told.
A couple of audio books I've listened to recently have been narrated by someone determined to give accents or 'voices' to different characters - usually with unintentionally comic results. Here, the narrator skillfully indicates a change of speaker, or from prose to dialogue, by a subtle change of inflection. Almost entirely unobtrusive, this is as close as possible to reading the book yourself.
Could hardly wait to hear this final part of the trilogy and it did not disappoint. Gripping story, well read , had me enthralled all the way through.
Brilliant narration of the final installment of a great trilogy. Listened to all 3 back to back which is to be recommended.
I was very sad to see Bill Wallace died before he could read this book, but after David got into his stride he filled those shoes brilliantly.
The book was fantastic and brought a tear to my eye more than once. 5 stars well deserved. Robert Harris I salute you.
"I was sadly disappointed.. "
Perhaps if was the length of time between the 2nd and 3rd instalments.. Or the change in narrator.. I am not altogether sure why I didn't enjoy it as much as Imperium and Lustrum.
It may simply be that I knew the ending...
When the end came for Cicero, it happened so quickly.. Too quickly. I dreaded listening towards the end.
If Cicero acted as he should have, and went back to Rome when he had the chance when Caesar left to take up his Governorship, and if Caesar hadn't needed to cross the Rubicon.. What if?
It's all speculative fiction with a sprinkling of truth.. We'll never know the real Cicero or why or ever if he did make the decisions we are told he made, or took the actions he is said to have taken.. But, what if it is all true.. He would have been among the bravest of men.
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