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Empire: The Novel of Imperial Rome | [Steven Saylor]

Empire: The Novel of Imperial Rome

The Pinarii witness the machinations of Tiberius, the madness of Caligula, and the decadence of Nero. The deadly paranoia of Domitian gives way to the Golden Age of Trajan and Hadrian - but even the most enlightened emperors wield the power to destroy their subjects on a whim.Empire is filled with the dramatic, defining moments of the age, including the Great Fire of 64 A.D, Nero’s persecution of the Christians, and the astounding opening games of the Colosseum.
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Publisher's Summary

Continuing the epic story begun in his <>i>New York Times best-selling novel Roma, Steven Saylor charts the destinies of five more generations of the aristocratic Pinarius family, from the reign of Augustus to height of Rome’s empire.The Pinarii witness the machinations of Tiberius, the madness of Caligula, and the decadence of Nero. The deadly paranoia of Domitian gives way to the Golden Age of Trajan and Hadrian - but even the most enlightened emperors wield the power to destroy their subjects on a whim.

Empire is filled with the dramatic, defining moments of the age, including the Great Fire of 64 A.D, Nero’s persecution of the Christians, and the astounding opening games of the Colosseum. But at the novel’s heart are the choices and temptations faced by each generation of the Pinarii. One becomes the plaything of the notorious Messalina. One becomes the lover of a Vestal virgin. One falls under the spell of Nero, while another is drawn to the strange new cult of those who call themselves Christians.

While the Pinarii struggle for survival, they also search for meaning. Some cling to the worship of the gods who made Rome great. Others explore the mysteries of astrology, follow the teachings of the wiseman Apollonius of Tyana, or celebrate the beautiful youth elevated by Hadrian to the status of a god.

However diverse their destinies, all the Pinarii are united by the mysterious gold talisman called the fascinum handed down from a time before Rome existed. As it passes from generation to generation, the fascinum seems to exercise a power not only over those who wear it, but over the very fate of the empire.

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend us your ears: listen to another Novel of Ancient Rome.

©2010 Steven Saylor (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Saylor...vividly describes how the family survives the volcanic destruction of Pompeii, the burning of Rome, and the persecution of Jews and Christians." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Michael Decatur, GA, United States 09-28-10
    Michael Decatur, GA, United States 09-28-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Very well done!"

    I enjoyed this audio book production...the author Steven Saylor is one of my favorite historical fiction writers...I would probably have enjoyed a more robust, mature narrator however...such as Charlton Griffin!
    Overall, a great listen and a great read! Thanks Audible.com and Mr. Saylor...keep of the good work!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Lechler Alberta, Canada 08-14-11
    Victoria Lechler Alberta, Canada 08-14-11 Member Since 2010

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    "4 and a Half Stars"

    This was a fantastic book. I enjoyed the writing, I learned a lot about Rome that will stick with me. Each emperor was distinct and so well written that I will remember them easily now. The history seemed right on. I do however like having an author's note at the end to explain what was fact and what was not. I really liked the reader as well. He was superb. If you like historical fiction you will find this book interesting. I read Roma when it came out and it was really enjoyable as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Spruce Grove, Alberta 05-01-12
    Kathleen Spruce Grove, Alberta 05-01-12 Member Since 2009

    I work in sales for a cellphone company and so obviously love technology. I couldn't function without my Audible apps on my phones!!

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    If you could sum up Empire in three words, what would they be?

    History, Rome, Power.


    Who was the most memorable character of Empire and why?

    As in "Roma" the Fascinus (the winged penis pendant heirloom) is my favorite. Even though it's not exactly a character.


    Any additional comments?

    A perfect addition to the book Roma by Steven Saylor.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anita mallick United states 09-23-11
    Anita mallick United states 09-23-11 Member Since 2003
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    I almost gave up on this but I am so glad that I didn't. It turned out to be engrossing Good narration. Loved it

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    jessica MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 10-29-12
    jessica MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2007
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    "thin on history, thick on sex abuse"

    This book started off well I thought, there was a great description of ceremony at the college of augers and I liked how the narrative used claudius to clue in the politics in much the same way the Rome HBO series used Octavian. But then the story just moves from one scene of sex abuse to another without anything else of note happening for HOURS. Sorry, no. ICK . I got the first book in this series years ago that was read by John Lee. All I remember about it was the rediculous and endless description of a winged phallus and the idea that if I had to hear John Lee over- enunciate the word Roma one more time I would die.

    I shouldve heeded the warning the winged phallus offered, this story is not for me.
    I lasted longer on this one because the performance was excellent. Too bad the story lacked substance.

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    Timster Florida 06-23-14
    Timster Florida 06-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Well Done."
    Any additional comments?

    Overall I thought it was a great title and definitely worth the time it took to listen. My only gripe (and this is minor) is that I thought it ended a bit strangely at the beginning of a reign instead of the end, but then again, perhaps the author is looking at a sequel, which I will be glad to purchase. :)

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    Massimo Birmensdorf, Switzerland 05-23-12
    Massimo Birmensdorf, Switzerland 05-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Story over several generation"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, do some which are intressted to the day to day live a roman aristocracy


    What other book might you compare Empire to and why?

    non


    Did James Langton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes he did, but some passages are little boring


    Who was the most memorable character of Empire and why?

    Apollonius of Tyana which seems a be a little magic and a kind of philosoph


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    "History made simple"
    What made the experience of listening to Empire the most enjoyable?

    The combination of historical fact and fictional family story make this a really easy way to brush up on Roman history.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Empire?

    The evocation of the fire at which Nero supposedly serenaded as the city burned. some interesting ideas about who and why the fire was started.


    What aspect of James Langton’s performance might you have changed?

    Found the female voices irritatingly coy and "twittery"


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I found the story easy to listen to while doing other things and also easy to pick up if left for a few days.Not a listen that you needs 100% concentration.


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    As long as you take some of the "facts" with a pinch of salt this is a really entertaining listen. Not for scholars of Roman history perhaps but for those of us who have long since forgotten everything except the debauchery of Caligula and the vanity of Nero,it is a great reminder.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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